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Queen heartbreak: How unfair rule means Princess Beatrice and Princess Charlotte miss out


Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and has shone as a skilled leader throughout her 68-year reign. While the Queen may be a huge source of inspiration to her granddaughters Princess Beatrice, 31, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and Princess Charlotte, five, a discriminatory law could prevent them from moving up the royal ranks.

While Beatrice, Lady Louise and Charlotte all have younger siblings they are likely to miss out on their dads’ royal titles because of their gender.

The law of male primogeniture applies to peerages in the UK which mean their fathers’ dukedoms cannot be passed onto to their daughters when they die.

Male primogeniture means noble titles can only be passed from man to man and women miss out entirely.

Princess Beatrice’s father Prince Andrew, 60, was made the Duke of York on his wedding day but when he dies Beatrice will not inherit his title.

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There is one title of William’s that none of his children are expected to inherit – the dukedom of Cambridge.

William and Kate were made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day and these titles are expected to merge with the crown when William becomes king.

Royal expert Iain MacMarthanne explained why neither George nor Louis are likely to be the next Duke of Cambridge.

He told Express.co.uk: “When William becomes King, the dukedom of Cambridge will merge with the crown.

“Upon William becoming king, George will cease being known as Prince George of Cambridge, and will be styled as The Prince George, and will automatically become duke of Cornwall and Rothesay.

“In the event, he marries before William becomes king, and if present custom prevails, then he will be created a duke on the morning of his wedding.

As has previously been the case, when the dukedom of Cambridge is merged with the crown, it will be free to be used as and when decided my the monarch.”

He added: “It would be unusual for it to be given to Prince Louis in time.

“The passing of a title to a younger son, as is being contemplated with the dukedom of Edinburgh is to keep that title alive, which otherwise would itself eventually become merged with the crown with Charles becoming king.”


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