From the Queen’s first Instagram post to regal celebrations at Buckingham Palace, it’s certainly been a busy week for the Royal Family. Read on for your weekly dose of Royal news in True Royalty Magazine’s weekly round up.
Did you know that the UK still follows a male primogeniture system, where a male heir will inherit a title and land over his female relations no matter when he was born or what his relationship is to the title holder?
Before the birth of Prince George, William and Kate changed the rules of Royal hereditary titles to absolute primogeniture, meaning that if George had been a girl she would have become monarch instead of a younger brother.
This currently only applies to Succession of the Crown, however, not hereditary titles. A bill calling for the law to be changed has passed its first stage in the house of commons and has cross-party support.
As royals, Meghan and William’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will probably never have their own social media accounts. Working Royals traditionally do not use social media to protect their privacy, whereas non-working royals like Princess Eugenie do. While it may be hard for the young Royals to not use social media alongside their peers, at least they will be able to avoid the damaging effect of social media on children’s mental health.
She may be 92, but the Queen proved she is still down with the times when she posted her first ever Instagram at the Science Museum last Thursday during a royal visit.
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The queen shared a letter written by Charles Babbage, the first computer pioneer, to her great, great grandfather Prince Albert in 1843. In her Instagram caption, The Queen wrote: “Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors.” In just two hours, the Instagram post already had over 42,000 likes.
Five decades ago, Prince Charles became the Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Caernarfon Castle in 1969, although he had received the title eleven years earlier. The Prince of Wales is the heir to the British throne and often assists the Queen with her Royal duties. Prince Charles is the currently the longest serving Prince of Wales.
To celebrate his 50 years of service, Prince Charles’s mother Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a special event at Buckingham Palace. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge were also in attendance, as was the PM, Theresa May. The title ‘Prince of Wales’ was first created in 1267 and has been given to the eldest son of the ruling King or Queen since 1282.
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