Congratulations to the Royal Family!
Congratulations to the Royal Family on their new baby boy, Prince of Cambridge!
Perched on the edges of our seats, we have been waiting to hear whether Kate would give birth to a baby boy or girl (let’s be honest, we secretly hoped it would be a girl!). As we waited and wondered, we realized the significance of Kate and Will’s first born child: he or she would become the first British heir to the Crown who may ascend to the throne regardless of gender.
The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 ends the more than 300 year-old law that bumped males ahead of female relatives in the line of succession to the British throne, even if women were born first. In 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron called this rule “outdated.” Today, it is now truly obsolete.
With all eyes on Britain during this exciting time, the world will not only be celebrating the arrival of a baby but the segue into a new era. From the grand halls of Buckingham Palace to a schoolyard’s football field, the next generation of British children now has further reassurance that girls need not be overlooked because of their gender.
While it was unlikely that Queen Elizabeth II would ascend to the throne with two male heirs before her, Queen Elizabeth II has been Head of the Commonwealth for over 60 years. She is the living, breathing example of why such gender-rules are outdated. Few female monarchs have actually inherited the throne, but each of these monarchs has played a pivotal role in shaping British history. With the Crown Act of 2013, we can expect more female leaders to do the same.
Change can spark at any level, but it is wonderful to see it unfold on the world’s stage.
Founder and Executive Producer, MAKERS
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