For the first time in history, the Royal heir should have been a girl

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Hip, hip hurray and all that to Kate and Will and Baby Cambridge.

They make a sweet trio, this modern face of monarchy.

I’m sure they will be lovely parents and he a lovely boy, just like his dad.

But I do wish he had been a girl. Because wonderful and joyful though his arrival is, this little boy maintains the status quo.

Unless the anarchists stick the boot in, or one of them runs off to Paris with a divorcee again, we’re now destined to have three kings in a row.

Until now, the Royal Family was the most exclusive men-only club in the world. You only got to be a queen by marriage, or because you didn’t have a brother.

Princess Anne, for example, would only get the throne if Charles, William, baby Cambridge, Andrew and Edward all popped their Jermyn Street clogs, or passed on the deal. How’s that for spectacularly sexist?

But a historic law change just before Kate’s pregnancy brought the No 1 family in line with everyone else’s.

A girl first-child now gets to take the top job when her time comes. Finally, after thousands of years, the ancient law of primogeniture recognises sexual equality.

But right at a time when having a daughter would have been the most ground-breaking news of all for a monarchy striving to show a much more modern face, how ironic is it that Kate has produced the male heir for so long demanded of royal wives?

How great a message of girl power and equality would have been sent out to women across this country by a young queen-in-waiting?

Change will have to sit on the backburner and wait to see if Baby Cambridge manages to produce a first-born daughter.

Like all proud, shell-shocked new parents, of course, the Cambridges won’t give a fig what sex their baby is.

He’s here safely, he’s got the right number of fingers and toes and he’s healthy.

They could want for nothing more.