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We are back in London and it feels good. Really good. But there are some breaking news over here. You can’t have missed it. All the newspapers have mentioned it: the daughters will now have the same rights than their brothers for the British throne succession. This means that the first born daughter will reign before her younger brother (see here for more details.)
Apparently it is a small revolution. Some are even saying that it might be the end of the monarchy: why change something that has worked (whatever this means) for centuries?The succession law has finally been changed, after 300 years. This has been discussed in Perth by the members of the Commonwealth, along with other “revolutionary” changes, such as allowing the future monarch to marry a Catholic woman. Can you believe it? Everybody here believes that the female power has finally been unleashed. What a Pyrrhic victory!
As for me, I think that I have missed a trick. Don’t these people have more important things to discuss? Are we really living in the 21st century or did I forget to put my clock 200 years back because of the winter time?
This is so typical. In a country where women had the right to vote in 1928, why did it take so long for daughters to be equal to their brothers in the Royal family? Don’t you think that this is the essence of the British paradox: a modern country, entrenched in obsolete traditions. The best and the worst.
And why the sudden urgency? Maybe we are going to find out that Kate, the duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with a baby girl. I honestly can’t find any other plausible explanation.
Sometimes, I despair and firmly believe that I will never understand this country. That said, being French had its advantages, especially after the rugby world cup. We French didn’t do that badly, did we?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • 1928 for votes for women isn’t quite right. The franchise was extended to women over the age of 30 in 1918; providing they were householders, married to a householder or if they held a university degree. The first women MP elected was Irish, Constance Gore-Booth, The Countess Markiewicz, who in the December 1918 general election was elected for the constituency of Dublin St Patrick’s.

    Universal suffrage for all adults over 21 years of age was not achieved until 1928. As important is the amendment to the Act of Succession ending some of the anti-catholic discrimination? Nothing proposed tackles “illegitimacy”. David Cameron is descended from Elizabeth FitzClarence, the sixth of 10 children William IV had with the Irish actress Dorothea Bland (Mrs Jordan). As he had no legitimate heirs when he died in 1837 his niece Victoria succeeded to the throne of England but not to the Throne of Hanover, as she was a girl! The rest as they say is history!

  • Progress is always welcome – whatever the reason or however small.

  • Well at least us women will finally have something to inherit, royally of course

  • @ DC- You are a fountain of knowledge… I am very impressed.

  • @ Thom – I would like to be as positive as you. This is so overdue that it is almost ridiculous!

  • @ Miss Agie – You are so clever!

  • Oh, well. Better late than never 😉

  • A long overdue move, I think. It infuriates me when people talk about gender equality being reached and glass ceilings being shattered, because they’re not. And we’re hugely lucky to live in a place where gender relations are as good as they are…but we still have a very long way to go…

    This shouldn’t be a landmark to be proud of – we should be ashamed it hasn’t be reached sooner.

  • finally, right?

    i love the way you wrote about it… i bet you’re right… maybe kate is going to have a girl!


  • @ sam – Maybe. Can’t help feeling a bit disappointed.
    @ Accidental Londoner – Totally agree. The reality and the talk are very different!
    @ Stacey – It’s all over the press today: she refused to eat some peanuts. they are all speculating that she is pregnant!

  • I love the way you describe it! 🙂 British or French sense of humor…? 🙂