MP John Hemming is to propose new legislation to the House Of Commons soon about the naming of wives of Kings. Currently, wives of Kings are ‘Queen Consorts’, allowing them the use of the title ‘Queen’. However, the reverse is not true and husbands of Queens in their own right are not entitled to be styled as Kings.
The reason for this sudden proposition is to promote gender equality. Until 2011, men had priority over any women in the line of succession, this was changed after a commonwealth heads of government meeting in 2011, meaning whatever gender the Royal baby is, it will definitely reign as King or Queen.
John Hemming says that the current system of naming wives of Kings, Queens but husbands of Queens, are styled as Prince Consorts is grossly unfair and says that both husbands of Queens and wives of Kings should be styled equally as Prince and Princess consorts.
This law will be purely academic for when Prince Charles comes to the throne as he has already said that Camilla will be styled as Princess Consort and not as Queen, to avoid any ill-feeling towards Camilla.
But what this new law could mean, is when Prince William comes to the throne in a few decades’ time, his wife would not be styled as Queen Catherine but would be ‘Princess Catherine, Princess Consort’ – a move that I have no doubt would anger royalists, monarchists and Kate fans everywhere.
MP John Hemming is expected to propose this amendment to the House Of Commons in January.Reference: > Queen Regnant – Queen who reigns in her own right, not as wife of a King. > Queen Consort – Wife of a reigning King. > Princess Consort – Proposed new title for wives of Kings. > Prince Consort – Husband of a reigning Queen in her own right.
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