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And she shall be called princess!

Queen Elizabeth II has made a groundbreaking decision, changing a decree made by King George V in 1917 that will now allow Prince William and Kate Middleton’s child, shall she be female, to have the title “princess” and be referred to as Her Royal Highness. In turn, if they have a son, he will be a prince and referred to as His Royal Highness.

The original decree stated that only the first-born son of the Prince of Wales would have the title of “prince,” which in turn meant that only Prince William’s first-born son could also inherit the title of prince. Any potential daughters, no matter what order they were born, would not be princesses.

The amendment was made last month and reads, “The Queen has been pleased … to declare that 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.”  

The announcement came on Wednesday, January 9, the day of Kate Middleton’s 31st birthday. Perhaps this was a bit of a birthday gift for the Duchess of Cambridge?

While Prince William and Kate have yet to discover the sex of their baby, the Queen’s decision will also grant the couple’s (maybe) baby girl the right to the throne as their first-born child.

Once voted into law, the new decree will apply to all future royal children as well. Hmm, you think there’s any chance the Duke and Duchess would be up for adopting us?

Source: Us Weekly

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