Following the exciting news last year that Kate and William are expecting their first child (and the scariness of Kate's severe morning sickness!), the world is awaiting to meet the newest member of the royal family this year. And to make the event even more celebratory, the Queen has changed a few rules around in honor of the child - he or she will carry a royal title at birth, regardless of the baby's gender.
In the past, royal babies were known as prince from birth if they were born a boy. But if the baby was a girl, the baby was referred to as "lady", according to a 96-year old decree made by the Queen's grandfather, King George V.
"The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patentunder the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honor,” the new announcement read in the London Gazette.
This means that even if Kate and William's child is a girl, she still has rights to the throne. Before, the throne was reserved for the first-born boy.
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