Kate Middleton will either give birth to a prince or a princess. Queen Elizabeth II made the final decree Thursday, announcing that the heir to the throne, her great-grandchild, will be given the title from birth -- no matter the gender.
People reports, had the queen not updated the Letters Patent, the first born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would have been given the title of "Lady." A boy, however, would have been styled as "His Royal Highness, Prince..." With the new changes, even a first-born girl will be given the "Her Royal Highness, Princess" title.
As Examiner.com previously reported, the updates to the Letters Patent actually grant all of the Duke and Duchess' children the "Prince" or "Princess" title from birth. Under the previous rules, only the first born son would be granted the "Prince" title while any subsequent children would have been styled "Lady" or "Duke" until their grandfather, Prince Charles, took the throne.
The changes mean that even twins, a first-born daughter, or second-born son will be granted the HRH title -- even though Kate Middleton, herself, is not a "Princess".