ROYAL PREGNANCY: Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge Announce Pregnancy


ROYAL PREGNANCY: Prince William, Duchess of Cambridge Announce Pregnancy
by Darius Kadivar

Royal officials announce that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby. (Related BBC NewsMembers of the Royal Family and the duchess's family, the Middletons, are said to be delighted. (Source : PersianRealm)

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300 years of English Constitutional tradition comes to an end as Commonwealth nations approved changes to the rules of succession to allow first-born daughters to inherit the British throne. The changes to the outdated laws would also allow heirs who marry Roman Catholics to inherit the throne.

Royal succession gender rules change

Female members of the Royal Family will be given equality with men in rules of succession to the throne.

It comes as historic constitutional changes were agreed unanimously by the 16 nations of which the Queen is monarch.








With royal baby, three wait for throne (CNN):

CNN's Richard Quest explains how the baby the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting will affect the royal family.

Analysis: Royal babies, titles and succession by Peter Hunt (bbc)

Theresa May can breathe a sigh of relief. On top of the terrorist threat and police commissioners, she does not have to add next year's royal birth to her in-tray.

Other home secretaries have not been so fortunate.

Back in 1926, Sir William Joynson-Hicks had to be present for the birth of the then Princess Elizabeth while he was also dealing with a bitter dispute in the coal mines.

A tradition, which goes back into the mists of time when it was the custom for government ministers to hang around the private apartments of royalty at significant moments, was abandoned in 1948.

So, the Duchess of Cambridge will be spared the indignity of a politician in the delivery room.

But this pregnancy, rather like the wedding in April 2011, will be far from private.

The couple would have liked to have delayed this afternoon's announcement by several weeks.

Kate is around two months pregnant. But William knew that once his wife was admitted to hospital, the world would have to be let in on their secret.

Before the news went global, the Queen and the Prince of Wales had to be told. The 86-year-old monarch will become a great-grandmother for the third time.

By the middle of next year, her heir will have to get used to a new title to add to the many others he has acquired through the years. Grandad.

When Charles is next seen in public he is bound to be asked for his reaction.

Those around him will be hoping he performs better than when the engagement was announced and William's father told reporters: "Obviously thrilled. They've been practising for long enough".

William and Kate will be delighted. They have talked about having a family from the moment their engagement was announced.

Their joy will obviously be tempered by concern over the morning sickness the duchess is suffering from.

Diana, Princess of Wales, suffered badly from morning sickness when she was pregnant with her elder son.

As well as their personal pleasure, the couple will know they are also living up to public expectations.

It is the great unsaid. As one historian put it, the first "duty and ambition" of someone in Kate's position is to get pregnant.

Their child will be third-in-line to the throne. Prince Harry, who will be an uncle, was told the news in Afghanistan, via e-mail.

His position in the order of succession will move down and his importance to the monarchy will reduce once the birth has taken place.

If the baby is a girl, the government believe she will make royal history.

They intend to change the ancient laws which place males ahead of females in the line of succession.

They want the first born, if she's a girl, to one day be queen.

As recently as June, Nick Clegg was insistent the change on gender would apply even if the birth was before legislation was actually passed.

The announcement on Monday will focus minds. The law needs to be changed in Britain and in the 15 other countries where the Queen still reigns.

When a royal is born, the parents do not just have to think about names but also titles. That is when it becomes complicated.

George V decreed in 1917 that the titles "Royal Highness" (HRH) prince and princess should be restricted to the children of the sovereign; the children of the sovereign's sons; and the eldest son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales.

Under this formula, a son for William and Kate would become a prince; but there's no provision for a daughter's title.

Despite this however, Buckingham Palace is insistent any girl will become a princess.

The challenge of names and titles is for the future.

For now, the hope in royal circles will be that the future of the monarchy has been secured for another generation.


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Who cares

by iamfine on

Who cares about British and ROYAL PREGNANCY. They have done great damage to our motherland. Look what they did to Reza Khan by forcing him to leave the country - very sad

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Faramarz Jan imagine if they end up having twins ;0))

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Royal Baby Name Odds

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Bookies in Britain have touted Frances and John as the most likely names, with odds of 9/1, while Charles, Victoria and George are currently second favorites at 10/1, according to bookmakers.

Diana, Williams's mother's name is 12/1.

Mojtaba is 1000/1!

Thanks DK.