Royal Round Up 10-19-11: Great-Granny, Part Deux; Goodbye To Primogeniture; Wootton Bassett Is Royal

Queen To Be Great-Grandmother, Round 2

The Palace has announced that a new member of the Windsor family will be born in March 2012. The Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, and his wife Autumn are expecting their second child, the second grandchild for Princess Anne and second great-grandchild for the Queen and Prince Philip.

Peter and Autumn already have a baby daughter, Savannah, born December 2010.

Plans to Abolish Primogeniture Backed By The Queen

It is reported that the Queen is backing the coalition government’s moves to repeal the primogeniture law, in place for centuries. Primogeniture places male heirs ahead of their sisters in the line of succession, even if the sister is the elder sibling.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has been vying for the consent of fifteen Commonwealth countries to reform the law.

With the Queen backing the change, her visit to Australia this week and her attendance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth will be crucial in gaining support of the reform.

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Princess Royal Honors Wootton Bassett

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, created the town of Wootton Bassett a “royal” town during a ceremony on October 16th.

The Princess bestowed the Letters Patent issued by the Queen to officially rename the town “Royal Wootton Bassett”.

Wootton Bassett is located in the south of England. It became famous for its military funeral repatriations, which passed through the town.

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