Duchess of Cambridge may not get chance to become Queen

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 10:00 hrs

The Duchess of Cambridge will never become William's Queen if a British MP's attempt to eradicate one of the last vestiges of sexism in the British constitution is successful.

Next month the Commons will be asked to consider a proposal that would ensure gender equality in the titles bestowed on the spouses of reigning monarchs.

According to express.co.uk, they would officially be known as Prince or Princess Consorts.

Under existing laws and precedent, the wives of ruling Kings become Queen Consorts, but the husbands of sovereign Queens do not have the right to any title.

It is the reason why the Duke of Edinburgh is not known as King Philip.

In contrast, under current arrangements, the Duchess of Cambridge will automatically become Queen Catherine when William is crowned, the report said.

According to the report, the reason for the different treatment lies in the ancient laws of royal primogeniture, which granted males a greater right to the throne than female siblings.

However, with the primogeniture laws due to be abolished in the New Year, Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming felt it would be an appropriate time to fix other anomalies, the report said.

He will table an Early Day Motion and a possible amendment to the primogeniture repeal suggesting that the spouses of monarchs be known in law as Prince or Princess Consorts, the report added. (ANI)

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