Royals change Act of Succession: Boys no longer come first in line

A lovely kiss, that we missed.

Today a 300-year royal mold has been broken: Thanks to the reformed Act of Succession, the fruits of the British Royal family loin will now follow a first-come, first-serve-as-head-of-state system. The first child born to Royal parents (which we are guessing could right around the corner, given the timing of this change) will come first in the line of succession, no matter the gender. Yes, that’s right: If Will and Kate have a baby girl, we would be looking at our next queen, no matter how many boys are born later! Ladies, we are back in business.

Previously, regardless of birth order, male children would always come first in line for the throne, no matter what, so nice job, England. Don’t mean to rain on the royal parade, but it only took you guys roughly one hundred years to catch up with the rest of the world.

Also, this new amendment still doesn’t change the fact that even being born into the Royal family grants you a degree of privilege that will likely continue for the rest of your life, a fact some Britons are not happy about.

“The monarchy discriminates against every man, woman and child who isn’t born into the Windsor family,” anti-monarchy campaign group member, Graham Smith told  TIME Newsfeed this morning. He is just one of many Brits who feel the monarchy is outdated. “To suggest that this has anything to do with equality is utterly absurd,” he added.

Tell us what you think of the royal family. Do you think it is too outdated?


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