The leaders of all 16 governments under the Crown have unanimously agreed to change the laws of inheriting the throne. It’s about time, really.
Under current laws of the British monarchy, the immediate heir to the throne is the first-born son of the monarch. Now, if the first-born is a female, she is the first in line.
British Prime Minister David Cameron explained the change:
"Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen."
See, even the Prime Minster is ready for Prince William and Kate to make babies! Hey, while they’re at it, they should also make a law that forces princes to get married by 25. Because I’m really anxious to see who Harry settles down with.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the change was a “matter for government.” Meaning that the Monarchy actually has absolutely nothing to do with government or legislation. English royalty is basically there for decoration nowadays. So I’m not exactly sure how “empowering” this change is for women, seeing as how the Queen literally has no real power at all. But hey, she still has major influence.
The Queen gave a speech at a conference that included all of the heads of government within the Commonwealth. The conference took place in Perth, Australia.
The theme of this year’s conference was, appropriately enough, “Women As Agents of Change.” Queen Elizabeth said:
"It reminds us of the potential in our societies that is yet to be fully unlocked, and it encourages us to find ways to allow girls and women to play their full part."
And six months after their over-the-top wedding, Prince William and Kate still seem to be happily married after the big day.
Next week, the couple plans to travel to Denmark to visit a United Nations center. The center distributes emergency supplies to East Africa.
On Wednesday, St. James’ Palace officials said that the trip is meant to draw attention to the food shortage crisis in East Africa. The crisis is affecting an estimated 13 million people.
Embarking on November 2, this will be the couple’s first overseas trip since their North American tour this past summer.