Will The Chain of Male Heirs Be Broken With Kate's Second Child?

Mon Sep 08, 2014 23:00:37PM | Categories: Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the 2011 Canada Day celebrationsBy: tsaiproject
What is it like knowing that you are fourth in line to a throne that stretches back to 871 AD? One lucky individual is about to find out after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they are expecting their second child. Their new child will fall behind Princes Charles, William, and George in line of succession to the throne.

The British Royal family has largely been relegated to a figurehead position, but their influence over England and the United Kingdom is unmistakable. Queen Elizabeth yields considerable power just by being who she is and is able to influence the direction of the country by having regular meetings with the British Prime Minister to express her opinions. This will continue after her passing and when Prince Charles ascends to the throne.

While Queen Elizabeth is still in good health, it is noted that the United Kingdom will have a male ceremonial head of state for decades to come after her passing. Queen Elizabeth is already the second longest serving monarch in England's history and, barring any unforeseen health crises, will become the longest serving monarch in exactly one year. However, after her passing, the United Kingdom will have three males succeed to the throne. Will this chain be broken with Kate and William's next child?

Having a woman in line to the succession, however far removed, will undoubtedly be a welcome development for many women in the United Kingdom who have become accustomed to a female being their ceremonial leader. A female in line to the throne will also help provide another perspective to a host of issues her three male heirs would never be able to understand.

The United Kingdom will definitely be going through a seismic change regardless of the sex of Kate and William's second child. A male heir apparent is in line for the next generation and nothing can change that. It will be quite interesting to see how the kingdom reacts to this changing of the guard whenever the Queen takes her final breath.
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