A potential new law could allow the couple's first daughter to ascend to the throne

By Rennie Dyball
April 19, 2011 10:00 AM
Copyright 2010 Mario Testino

They’re the modern royal couple in every way – including plans for their future children.

Currently in the British monarchy, it’s boys who take precedence when it comes to the throne. But when Prince William and Kate Middleton (who will be a royal in just 10 days!) have their first child, and should she be a girl, she could be Queen.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is exploring the idea of removing “male primogeniture,” so the first-born boy in a family would no longer take precedence, even if he has an older sister, the U.K. Mail reports.

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“My own personal view is that in this day and age the idea that only a man should ascend to the throne I think would strike most people as a little old fashioned,” he said.

“If Prince William and Catherine Middleton were to have a baby daughter as their first child, I think most people would think it is perfectly fair and normal that she would eventually become Queen of our country … I think it is worth thinking about.”

Still, it might be easier said than done: It has also been reported that Prime Minister David Cameron believes that other political issues are more pressing than the future of William and Kate’s future daughter.