Queen Issues Decree: Prince and Princess Titles for William's Children

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has issued a formal decree that will benefit the future children of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

In a change to the century-old decree made by George V in 1917, all offspring born to Prince William and Duchess Kate will receive the title Prince or Princess.

Under the old degree, only the couple's first born son would have been a Prince.  Female children would have received the title Lady, and would not have been afforded "Her Royal Highness" distinction.

The reigning monarch, 86, reportedly made the decision to create a revised decree on New Year's Eve that will affect the royal status of her great-grandchildren born to the future King of England.

The London Gazette posted, "The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent-under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 31 December 2012 to declare that all the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have and enjoy the style, title and attribute of royal highness with the titular dignity of Prince or Princess prefixed to their Christian names or with such other titles of honour."

Another proposed change in the works will remove gender discrimination in the line of succession, allowing a first-born child to ascend to the throne regardless of gender.

Kate and William are expecting their royal firstborn in July.

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