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Re: Gender neutral succession
I think the main reason is because they assume that the title King means reigning monarch of a Kingdom. Even in countries where that is obviously not true historically.
In the UK there have been King-consorts in both England and Scotland, in Belgium King Leopold III and currently King Albert II kept their title of king when their sons succeeded and became the reigning monarch. In the Netherlands the same happened when Willem I abdicated. Add to those the more known examples of King-consorts in Spain, Portugal, Navarra, Jerusalem and Sicily and it is clear that the title king does not always mean reigning male sovereign of a kingdom. It also means that there is no legitimate reason not to style the husband of a reigning monarch of a kingdom as King or King-consort just like the wife is styled as Queen. Especially as the reason why they used to style the husband of a reigning Queen prince was because they felt that a couple with the same rank meant the husband as the male was the dominant or more important one. Not styling the husband of a reigning Queen as King(-consort) implies the title of Queen regnant is lower than that of King regnant. That is pure discrimination on the base of gender or sex and prohibited in most European monarchies.
Indeed, thank you!
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