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Sunday, December 30, 2012
  The title of the spouse of the monarch
This article in the Sunday Express highlights the fact that currently Queens regnant are treated as being less important than Kings regnant.

It is, in fact, a matter of discussion as to what title the Monarch's spouse is given when the Monarch is crowned.

There are a number of options to deal with this:

  1. To give the monarch the choice of a number of titles for his or her spouse
  2. To have all called the same.
  3. To have a resolution of parliament to resolve the issue each time.
I personally think a bit of flexibility is best so the option of calling them all the same is not the one I would pick. However, it should be clear who is the monarch and who is the spouse.

There is a bill coming to parliament that would facilitate resolving this aspect of sex discrimination where a Queen is treated as being less important than a King.

 
Comments:
I suspect this is one of those areas of 'discrimination' that only really gets the pedants and constituional lawyers going.

How about the spouse (of either gender) or a reigning King being a Qong, and of a Queen... a Kong?

At least it would make us smile.
 
So is this going to be a ten-minute-rule bill?
 
New Clause in the Succession Bill.
 
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