If William, Kate Have Daughter, She'll Be 'Princess'
Queen announces rule change
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2013 10:30 AM CST
Britain's Prince William stands next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – Ever-so-important news: Prince William's forthcoming progeny with wife Kate, the Duchess Formerly Known as Middleton, will be a princess if it is indeed a girl. Queen Elizabeth made the announcement yesterday, People reports. For the past century, the somewhat confusing rule would have meant that William's daughter would have had the title "lady." The rule change comes after another change last year that allows a firstborn daughter to ascend the throne.

The official announcement notes that this most recent change will apply to all of William's offspring: "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."

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Jan 10, 2013 1:32 PM CST
If it's a boy, will he be a queen? The biggest who cares goes to Newser on this one.
Jan 10, 2013 12:11 PM CST
On a more serious vein -- since the issue of being in line to the Throne arises -- if the daughter is titled "Princess Whatever" will she outrank her mother, a Duchess. If so, couldn't QE2 confer the title of Queen Consort on Kate, giving her an edge? And, if a Princess stands first in line after William, calling succeeding male heirs a Prince could be interesting. The royal plot thickens -- especially if Kate and William turn out to be prolific at parenting! Mmm, maybe we could get one of them over here as an American Head of State, so there'd be no more Presidential Campaigns.. merely Congressional Elections from which the winning party would chose a President of Congress to serve as Chief Executive. It might cure the Congressional Gridlock! Of course, they'd have to deal with the not-inconsiderable egos of Congress-persons.
Jan 10, 2013 10:53 AM CST
who much cares about the upper class twits and their breeding habits?