Skip to comments.Britain mulling changes to royal succession rule so first-born girl could take throne
Posted on 04/16/2011 8:21:29 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
LONDON - Britain's government has begun the process of reviewing the ancient, discriminatory rules of royal succession, so that if Prince William and Kate Middleton's first child is a girl she would eventually become queen.
The current rule that puts boys ahead of their sisters "would strike most people as a little old-fashioned," Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Saturday.
It is just two weeks until the prince and Middleton get married at London's Westminster Abbey, and Clegg said many people may agree that the rules should be changed so that if the couple's first child were a girl, she would eventually inherit the throne even if she had a younger brother.
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Not compared to the whole hereditary head of state bit!
It seems to me that the British royalty would have an inherent inclination to maintain—not do away with, historical traditions.
After all, the royal family is itself an “ancient” and “discriminatory” tradition.
Better check with Sir Robert Filmer first!
It’s not as if they’ve never had actual female figureheads, as well as actual leaders, before.
“Its not as if theyve never had actual female figureheads, as well as actual leaders, before.”
Elizabethian era, Victorian era...
no person should ever be above the rest.... those that believe they are should be treated most harshly.....
So why the first born?
“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.”
The entire concept of “royalty” is ancient and discriminatory. Why not just do away with THAT entirely, if “ancient” and “discriminatory” are the criteria to do away with things.
Every historical custom is discriminatory, in that every tradition says “we do things this way because that’s how we do it”.
This sh1t is ridiculous.
Yes but the feminists will bitch that it was because there were no male heirs before them, and that’s not the right way to become the leader.
One would question why an offspring automatically is the right choice to be a ruler just because dad and mom were, that’s no guarantee their child is the best person to take over when they’re gone. Male or female.
Exactly, what if Kate gives birth to twins?
How about abolish the ceremonial monarchy altogether??
“Cuz’ Tourists are money!
Would this be sharia law compliant?
Then hear me, gracious sovereign, and you peers,
That owe yourselves, your lives and services
To this imperial throne. There is no bar
To make against your highness’ claim to France
But this, which they produce from Pharamond,
‘In terram Salicam mulieres ne succedant:’
‘No woman shall succeed in Salique land:’
Which Salique land the French unjustly gloze
To be the realm of France, and Pharamond
The founder of this law and female bar.
Yet their own authors faithfully affirm
That the land Salique is in Germany,
Between the floods of Sala and of Elbe;
Where Charles the Great, having subdued the Saxons,
There left behind and settled certain French;
Who, holding in disdain the German women
For some dishonest manners of their life,
Establish’d then this law; to wit, no female
Should be inheritrix in Salique land:
Which Salique, as I said, ‘twixt Elbe and Sala,
Is at this day in Germany call’d Meisen.
Then doth it well appear that Salique law
Was not devised for the realm of France:
Nor did the French possess the Salique land
Until four hundred one and twenty years
After defunction of King Pharamond,
Idly supposed the founder of this law;
Who died within the year of our redemption
Four hundred twenty-six; and Charles the Great
Subdued the Saxons, and did seat the French
Beyond the river Sala, in the year
Eight hundred five. Besides, their writers say,
King Pepin, which deposed Childeric,
Did, as heir general, being descended
Of Blithild, which was daughter to King Clothair,
Make claim and title to the crown of France.
Hugh Capet also, who usurped the crown
Of Charles the duke of Lorraine, sole heir male
Of the true line and stock of Charles the Great,
To find his title with some shows of truth,
‘Through, in pure truth, it was corrupt and naught,
Convey’d himself as heir to the Lady Lingare,
Daughter to Charlemain, who was the son
To Lewis the emperor, and Lewis the son
Of Charles the Great. Also King Lewis the Tenth,
Who was sole heir to the usurper Capet,
Could not keep quiet in his conscience,
Wearing the crown of France, till satisfied
That fair Queen Isabel, his grandmother,
Was lineal of the Lady Ermengare,
Daughter to Charles the foresaid duke of Lorraine:
By the which marriage the line of Charles the Great
Was re-united to the crown of France.
So that, as clear as is the summer’s sun.
King Pepin’s title and Hugh Capet’s claim,
King Lewis his satisfaction, all appear
To hold in right and title of the female:
So do the kings of France unto this day;
Howbeit they would hold up this Salique law
To bar your highness claiming from the female,
And rather choose to hide them in a net
Than amply to imbar their crooked titles
Usurp’d from you and your progenitors. —Shakespeare, Henry V
Wow. Someone actually said that? Queen Victoria was the longest reigning English monarch in their history. Margarette Thatcher their first female PM.
What if Kate isn’t able to have any children?
He says that as if it's a bad thing