Jan 21 2013
The Queen declares future Royal daughter of Duke and Duchess will be a Princess! (But we still don’t know if it will be a boy or a girl)
The Daily Mail
I formally declared my daughter to be a princess too. No one gave a toss about that either. Fucking formally declared! Who the fuck does the fraud think she is? God the old crone pisses me off.
The Queen has formally declared that a future daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be a princess.
With a long-awaited royal baby due in late spring or early summer, the monarch has issued what is known as a Letters Patent to announce that the couple’s baby would become an HRH – His or Her Royal Highness – even if she is a girl.
In doing so, she rectified a century-old anomaly that meant a royal daughter would not automatically become a princess.
A decree made by George V in 1917 stipulated that while a son would become a prince, a daughter would not become a princess.
The king had ordered that the titles HRH and 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.
That means that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie automatically had the title of princess at birth as Prince Andrew’s daughters, but Zara Phillips did not – although her mother, Princess Anne, had already rejected titles for her children.
Prince Edward’s son and daughter were similarly entitled but he and his wife Sophie chose for them to be styled as the children of an earl in order to give them a more ‘normal’ childhood.
They are now known as Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn. Royal sources said the Queen felt it was time such a long-standing imbalance was formally rectified.
The Queen’s proclamation was issued through the House of Lords on December 31 but made public only yesterday.
It reads: ‘The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 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 honour.’
While the announcement is no great surprise, it is, nevertheless, an important milestone for the future third in line to the throne.
Letters Patent are a form of public proclamation and a rare exercise of extra-parliamentary power by the sovereign – although they tend to be issued with informal Government approval.
Buckingham Palace refused to comment last night on the timing of the announcement and whether it meant that Kate was now safely past the crucial 12-week stage of pregnancy.
However, well-placed royal sources suggested that the Queen had been keen to make the announcement for some time.
The duchess, who celebrated her 31st birthday yesterday, was taken to hospital in early December with acute pregnancy-related sickness and has retained a low profile ever since.
Last month the Succession to the Crown Bill was published, proposing to end the system of male primogeniture, meaning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child would succeed to the throne regardless of gender.