While there, somebody in the crowd stepped forward and gave her a white teddy bear. My nephew’s wife was standing next to the lady with the white teddy bear and heard the whole thing. The duchess supposedly thanked the lady with: “Thank you. I will take that for my dau—?” starting a rumor that the already most famous baby in the world is a girl. Afterwards, it was agreed that the word wasn’t “dau…” but “aww…” so the world is still speculating on the future king or queen of England and a few other countries.
Anyway, it really doesn’t matter any more, as the law has been changed. Instead of the crown passing to the eldest male child, it now simply passes to the eldest child, which means, that if it is a girl (and William is said to want a girl, though Kate differs), it won’t matter.
All sixteen Commonwealth Realms (kingdoms) had to agree to the change. These are the nations of which the queen is Head of State. All are members of the 54-nation Commonwealth, of which she is Head. The other 38 countries have presidents or kings of their own. Almost all were former British colonies. Putting it another way, the British monarch has a role to play in over a quarter of the world’s countries!
It’s difficult to understand the obsessive need to change the law of primogeniture. Perhaps that’s because I’m the firstborn male! But the fact is that in the last 176 years since Queen Victoria ascended the throne, women have sat on the throne for 125 of them, during a period of time when the eldest male was given preference! The change could mean that a male monarch will be as rare as a hot day in England!
I was in England at the time of Prince William’s birth in 1982. I remember walking down a busy high street when I heard church bells ringing out. They were celebrating the birth of an heir to the throne. Thirty years later, that heir awaits the birth of his own heir.
The birth of a baby should always be a joyous event. But the birth of an heir to the throne is particularly joyous, a public event that people around the world can take pride in. Amongst other things, it ensures another generation of political stability in all the queen’s realms. That is, of course, barring an unforeseen national catastrophe.