Royal baby first Princess born in the age of equality
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl.
The new daughter of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge is the now fourth in line to the throne, after older brother Prince George, and the first princess born since England, Wales and Scotland introduced same-sex marriage.
She will retain her position in the line of succession, regardless of the gender of any further children the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may have, due to recent changes that mean men no longer have precedence over women
However she is unlikely to ever become Queen, unless Prince George does have any children.
She is the first royal baby born after the introduction of same-sex marriage, and so she – and Prince George – will be free to marry whoever they so choose, regardless of gender.
Although the Queen has never formally referred to the LGBT community during her 61 years on the British throne and as head of the Commonwealth, many were keen to recognise the symbolism of the monarch signing into law such an historic piece of equality legislation. She has also ruled as monarch for every single advance in LGBT equality since male homosexuality was decriminalised in 1967.
The current, new generation of royals are known for being far more comfortable when it comes to public displays of support for the LGBT community.