All You Need to Know About the Royal Baby
It’s been confirmed by the Palace; the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a child, due sometime late next summer. No word yet on the baby’s sex, but British people everywhere and those who love the country’s history are extremely excited about the news.
Currently English law states that when a son is born to the heir to the throne, he becomes next in line for the throne even if he has older sisters. That means that, as of now, if Prince William and Kate have a girl as their firstborn but then later have a son, that son would leapfrog his sister to become next in line to the throne.
However, British Parliament is working to change that law so that the firstborn child would be the next in line for the throne, regardless of gender. It’s vital that they change the law before the child is born, because laws that are passed after the birth of a royal do not affect them and their line of succession.
Current laws also state that the children to the heir to the throne are next in line, before the siblings of the heir. This means that while Prince Charles has two younger brothers and a younger sister, his children, William and Harry, are next in line for the throne, ahead of their uncles and aunt. William’s children would then also be next in line, before his brother, Prince Harry.
If the child is a girl and the couple do not have any other children, she would then be third in line for the throne, after her grandfather, Prince Charles, and her father, Prince William. After her would be Prince William’s younger brother Harry, and then his two children, Beatrice and Eugenie, in that order.
If William and Kate have more than one child, each of those children would then bypass their uncle Harry and his children to be next in line for the throne. Each child of the direct heir to the throne “bumps” the next one in line down a notch when it comes to succession.
These laws may seem a bit complicated to Americans and those not familiar with British law, and some may wonder about all the fuss over monarchs in this day and age, but for Brits, the royals represent their country’s history and tradition. The royal House of Windsor can trace its history back over a thousand years, and these laws and traditions have taken just that long to be formed.
The royals are also worldwide representatives and ambassadors to the country, and can generate quite a bit of revenue when it comes to tourism, fashion, and their popularity. No doubt friends and family of the royals only wish for a healthy and happy baby, no matter his or her claim to the throne!