The Royal Baby’s birth is expected imminently now. Word from the mainstream media about people hoping for a girl got us thinking, what would a baby Prince or a baby Princess mean for the nation?
[twocol_one]A Baby Prince
A baby Prince would mean that the British throne would be inherited by a male. By the time it comes to the throne, Britain would have already had two Kings (Prince Charles and Prince William).
A boy, however, would not have the same pressures placed on it as a baby girl would. A baby girl would, as sad as it is, be placed under media scrutiny in some way from day one and when any of the more unscrupulous media sources start reporting on the girl’s appearance…
Britain’s Kings have also been great leaders in times of national distress, King George VI being one of the best examples of this. He led the country through World War Two by being a symbol of national strength by remaining in London during the Blitz.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]A Baby Princess
A baby Princess would be great for the United Kingdom in many ways. Firstly, it would be a great way to demonstrate the new Succession to the Crown Act 2013, recently made law, which will mean that males do not have priority over females in the line of succession, thus meaning if the royal baby is female and later has a brother, the brother will not take place over the girl in line to the throne.
Also, in the words of Royal Commentator Victoria Arbiter, women always do so well in the top job. Historians look back on the reigns of England’s (and later Britain’s) Queens as turning points in history. From Elizabeth I’s famous speech at Tilbury where she declares, “I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too” to Queen Victoria establishing the ‘model family’ of Britain and even to our own dear Queen’s reign, where she has transformed the Monarchy into something which remains relevant, but retains its traditions.
And, in the words of the Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Coburg on hearing of the birth of Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria), “The English like Queens”.[/twocol_one_last]
It seem that the nation is hoping for a baby girl – though this counts for nothing as the gender isn’t decided by public poll. The country will have to wait and see just who the 3rd-in-line and future Monarch will be.
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I am hoping for a girl mainly because of the historic reasons: it would be the first time a QUEEN of England would actually be BORN as opposed to becoming Queen by default.
I also love the fact that, with the exception of little Prince Christian of Denmark, all of the other next generations of European heirs are girls. Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands all have little girls in line for the throne. That is some serious girl power.
I feel like William & Catherine represent SUCH a modernization of the British Monarchy that a baby girl would be the perfect punctuation mark on this new day of equality for the royals…equality in being able to marry for love, live life in a more normal manner & dust off some of the antiquated ways of the past.
That being said, if a they have a boy I will be gracious in my defeat! lol xo Lulu