Canadians such as myself have a fascination with the royals. In elementary school we learn about British history. Furthermore, the Queen is still portrayed on some of our money. The tradition of the monarchy is important to us.
I was excited to find out that Kate Middleton is finally pregnant. The British media have been following Kate since she got married to Prince William; watching her every move to guess if she was pregnant. On the other hand, “Royal insiders believed that Kate would get pregnant within the first two years of her marriage to Prince William, but everyone was surprised at how fast it happened. “
Many in England are now speculating that Kate may have been pregnant at the time of the wedding; yet, lost the child. However, Royal gynecologist, Dr. Fritz Barnwell, said “Kate was definitely not pregnant at her wedding. We know this because the Queen had us test her to ensure that she was without child. But today, at Prince William’s request, we performed pregnancy tests on Kate and we can confirm, decidedly, that she is one month pregnant.”
A new generation to the Royal family will soon be born. According to Weekly World News, both the Queen and Kate made the announcement. Kate’s good friend Victoria Beckman, formerly Posh Spice urged her to have a baby.
Victoria is the mother of three boys and a girl. She is married to David Beckham the soccer player. When asked about how she saw her life and family in five years she told Glamor magazine, “I’d never say never about another baby. It’s a juggling act — a career, family, and a husband who’s busy. But I’d never say never!” Victoria Beckham was at Kate’s side when she announced she was pregnant. Victoria urged Princess Kate to have a baby because it is one of the best things in the world.
I am very interested in the Royal family and I am also a feminist. This birth is a landmark birth for women’s issues because regardless of what sex the baby is, that baby will be the third in line to the British throne. Traditionally, the heirs were male unless there were no male heirs in line to the throne. Since the marriage of William and Kate there has been talk about modernizing the Monarchy. However, some were afraid that it wouldn’t happen before a child would be born to the Prince and Princess of Cambridge.
“In October 2011, David Cameron announced that the 16 Commonwealth countries where the Queen is head of state had agreed females will have the same right to the throne as the male heirs.
The UK government must now introduce legislation to change the 1701 Act of Settlement, the Bill of Rights 1688, the Coronation Oath Act 1688 and the Royal Marriages Act 1772.
Queen Elizabeth became Queen because she did not have any younger brothers. However, there have been several Queens of England in past history starting with Empress Matilda 1141, who became Queen because the only male heir to the throne had died.
William and Kate are riding out a new era for the English monarchy. I am so excited as a woman, a Canadian and a feminist to know Britain will allow equal rights to male and female heirs of the dominating Royal family.