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Should a boy become king even if he's got a big sis?

Prince William and Kate Middleton

A politician has suggested changing the rule which decides who in the Royal Family gets to be the king or queen.

At the moment, boys have the right to the throne over girls, whether or not they're older or younger.

The only way you can get to the crown if you're a girl is if you don't have any brothers.

So if Prince William and Kate Middleton have a baby daughter first and a son afterwards, the son would get to be king when he grows up - even though he's got a big sis.

This rule of deciding who becomes head of the country has been in the UK for almost 300 years.

Do you think it's fair? Do you think boys should come first?

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Your comments

"If the sister is older, she should get the throne because the has waited longer!"

Ella, 8, Cheshire, England

"I think it should be as simple as whoever is born first gets to be king or queen first."

Rebecca, 11 Yorkshire, England

"I think the oldest should be king or queen first even if it is a girl."

Caitlin, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"Each royal child should prove themselves by doing good deeds. Whoever does the most or best should become king or queen."

Oliver, 12, Kent, England

"I think they should take it in turns to take the throne because boys and girls are equal even if they are royal."

Molly-Ann, 10, Grimsby, England

"I don't think the royal rule is fair because if Prince William and Kate have a daughter and then years later they have a son, their daughter will be waiting for a very long time and might not get a chance to be on the throne!"

Olivia, 10, Burnley, England

"I think a boy should be king because boys are the best!"

Reece, 10, Manchester, England

"I think who ever was born first should take the crown! Also... girls rule and boys drool!!!"

Ellie, 11, London, England

"I think the oldest should take the crown first and not always the boy first."

Georgie, 9, County Wicklow, Ireland

"I think it should stay the same because it's been like this for years and it is traditional."

Charlie, 9, Derbyshire, England

"The son automatically getting the throne is sexist and princesses should not have to endure sexism! I think this should have been changed when women were allowed to vote and not ignored for this long!"

Martha, 12, Lincolnshire, England

"They should be treated the same or it would be unfair."

Madduson, 8, Blackburn, England

"It does not matter because the whole world is sexist and boys always get more than girls anyway, so what difference will it make?"

Katherine, 12, Birmingham, England

"Even though I am a boy I think everybody should be equal because we all have the same rights as humans."

Hector, 9, Essex, England

"I think it should just be princesses now because princes have had it for a long time!"

Shay, 12, Yorkshire, England

"This rule is so out of date!"

Ellie, 12, Peterborough, England

"It should change! We get told at school women and men are equal so that means that if Prince William had a daughter and then a son, the daughter should become queen when she is older!"

Leah, 13, Leeds, England

"It isn't fair, girls should be treated the same as boys."

Rachel, 9, Ayrshire, Scotland

"It is ridiculous, this law isn't sexist, it's tradition."

Jeremy, 13, Monmouthshire, Wales

"I think that if the law changes women will stop being treated as lower than men. We are all human beings and we should all be treated equally!"

Emily, 13, Leeds, England

"I think girls are as good as boys and look how well all the Queens have done in the past! Change the law now!!"

Sarah, 11, St. Helens, England

"I think that the rule should be changed as it is unfair and sexist. Women can do a just as good job, or even better than men!"

Lily, 3, Kent, England

"Well, I think if Kate and William have a baby girl and then a boy, the girl should get to be queen because it's really unfair!"

Hannah, 9, Yorkshire, England

"Girls are just as good as boys so I think the rule should be changed."

Rebecca, 13, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think it should be the eldest child, no matter if it is a boy or a girl."

Rebecca, 10, Kent, England

"No, I think the oldest should rule!"

Fiona, 10, London, England

"No I think it should be the older child (not the younger boy!)"

Lily, 10, Bristol, England

"I think you should keep to the traditions and the boys should be crowed first."

Rhianna, 10, Somerset, England

"I think it is very unfair and sexist for the male to rule, girls are just as good as boys!"

Kate, 11, Fife, Scotland

"I think girls and boys should be treated fairly as we are all the same and girls deserve the same rights!"

Laura, 14, UK

"I think boys and girls should be equal, otherwise its unfair!!!"

Izzy, 12, Surrey, England

"I think that the eldest sibling should get the crown, depending on if they're ready for it. Boys should be treated exactly the same as girls and vice versa."

Elise, 12, Dundee, Scotland

"It's totally sexist! I mean, girls deserve decent decisions as much as boys. Really, there's not a big difference between us except that boys can be quite cheeky! Anyway, if it's a girl first, she certainly deserves the throne, after all she came first right?!"

Chaz, 14, London, England

"I think it isn't fair."

Veronica, 11, London, England

"I think it should change because girls are just as good as boys."

Harry, 8, London, England

"I think it's really unfair - it's saying that boys are better than girls!"

Grace, 11, Manchester, England

"I think that it's totally fair! What if a girl was 15 when her little brother was born and then her parents died - who would be the best ruler, a week old boy or a 15 year old girl?!"

Megan, 11, Wigan, England

"I have a younger brother and I would hate it if he was king and I wasn't queen. There are loads of things that are sexist but this one is really bad!"

Charlotte, 12, Bridgend, Wales

"Girls should definitely get to be on the throne first if they are the oldest!"

Emily, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I think they shouldn't. Whoever is oldest should take the throne because they were born first!"

Callum, 14, York, England

"I think it is unfair. Girls should get the same chances as boys and I hope it changes. I don't mean that it should be only girls but if you were older and your wee bro got the throne before you, you might be a little bit upset!"

Elizabeth, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"If the girl is older than her brother she should get the throne!! It's so not fair!"

Georgi, 12, Norfolk, England

"I think the older person would be better"

Zoe, 7, London, England

"I don't really care about the Queen."

Jack, 9, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

"I think the oldest should rule, whether it's a boy or a girl because its just fairer. If the girl was growing up hoping to get her chance on the throne and her younger brother took the throne, it would really upset her. How would you feel if that happened to you?!"

Christie, 11, Surrey, England

"Making a younger boy king is not fair and I would go as far to say that this could be considered discrimination. This law was made many years ago and should have been changed a long time ago."

Suzanne, 13, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

"It's not fair for the sister."

Rehan, 9, Lancashire, England

"The oldest child should get the throne."

Georgia, 11, Co. Down, N. Ireland

"We want to be king and queen! But the woman should always be in charge."

Adanna and Ollie, 5 and 6, Yorkshire, England

"I don't think it's fair, males and females should be treated the same!"

Amanda, 12, Warrington, England

"We should keep what we have had for 300 years, and we should always stay like that. We should keep traditions."

Joseph, 13, Portsmouth, England

"I think it's a good idea to abolish the law because it is really unfair."

Tamare, 10, Surrey, England

"I really don't mind whether we have a queen or a king, as long as we have someone help run our country."

Ella, 14, Exeter, England

"I think that the ELDEST sibling should be crowned. In the past we have had many powerful kings AND queens. So you can't just choose the boy to be king even if they are younger... that is unfair!"

Callie, 11, London, England

"I feel that equality must be established to make the country non-sexist!"

Juliet, 11, London, England

"I think the oldest child should be king or queen whether they are a boy or a girl, because if my mum and dad were king and queen my little brother would become king instead of me!"

Poppy, 10, Sussex, England

"I think the eldest should be king or queen, because they are more experienced than the younger one."

Robyn, 11, Stockton-on-Tees, England

"I don't think that boys should come first - women's rights is still a huge issue and I think that abolishing this outdated law will be a giant leap in the right direction. Women have been proved to be just as intelligent than men, making them more than capable to rule the throne. Most of Britain's greatest monarchs have been women anyway!"

Charlotte, 14, London, England

"I think the eldest should reign first and the girls should be able to reign because they are more sensible leaders than boys - they take their time!"

Shib, 12, Birmingham, England

"I think boys and girls should be equal and the first sibling should become king or queen."

Tia, 11, Northamptonshire, England

"Yes boys should come first. Females belong in the kitchen!!"

Tom, 8, Liverpool, England

"No that is just silly, big sis comes first!"

Alice, 10, Colchester, England

"The rule shouldn't change because it would ruin fairytales - princesses have to look pretty and sing!"

Maddie, 10, Sheffield, England

"I think the the eldest child should be become king or queen first."

Haseeba, 11, Luton, England

"I think the law is totally sexist. Girls are just as good as boys and I don't think it matters who is in charge of the country as long as they're good!"

Jacob, 12, Hull, England

"If the princess is older than the prince then she should get the crown first!!!"

Bethany, 10, Birmingham, England

"Of course the rules should be changed! It's SO unfair! Having a female figure as the head of the royal family because of the rules changing would be great! Just because the rules are old doesn't mean they should stay the same. Change the old rules and stop being sexist!"

Harriet, 13, Northumberland, England

"I don't think it's right for the boy to be king if they have an older sister. Girls and boys should be treated as equals!"

Elizabeth, 10, London, England

"I think that times have moved on and men are no longer deemed as 'more powerful' than women and to suggest such a thing would be wrong. So what is the difference here? If a girl is the oldest child then she should become queen! She will be just as good a ruler as a boy would be."

Rosie, 13, Plymouth, England

"No because it doesn't matter if he's a boy, the oldest child should go first!"

Mica, 11, London, England

"I think that girls and boys should be equal as it is sexist!"

Grace, 12, Bradford, England

"I think that in this day and age, sexism is a very serious topic and this rule should be changed accordingly."

Alex, 13, UK

"It is fair for the boys and it should carry on."

Luke, 10, London, England

"I think the law should be changed. It's not fair that boys should get to be king if they have an older sister."

Chris, 12, UK

"I think that the girls and the boys in the royal family should have a equal right to the throne."

Moni, 12, London, England

"The royal family has been like this for ages, why should it change now?"

Graham, 12, Angus, Scotland

"I think it isn't fair because we are in modern times now and should rethink the theories from 300 years ago!"

Eve, 11, Madrid, Spain

"I think boys and girls should be treated the same."

Niamh, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think girls should get the crown first!"

Olivia, 9, Dorset, England

"No way! That is really sexist!"

Emma, 13, Trowbridge, England

"I think the law should be changed because girls are just as good as boys."

Keeley, 12, Birmingham, England

"Well I think it is a brilliant idea to change it but my mum thinks differently because she wants to keep the tradition."

Lucy, 12, Staffordshire, England

"Yes I think it is fair, because women have the same rights has men."

Ellie-Mae, 13, Liverpool, England

"I have an older sister and two younger brothers in my family. I think it should be the oldest boy or girl, or else it's just not fair. Boys are not better than girls and I should know!"

Alisha, 11, Devon, England

"I think that the oldest child should get to rule because boys over girls is sexist and unfair!"

Livy, 13, Oxfordshire, England

"Men and women are equal everywhere else - the Royal family should keep with the times!"

Kate, 14, Dorset, England

"The royal family should be equal."

Reuben, 10, Exeter, England

"I think women should have the right to be Queen if they are older."

Joe, 9, South Shields, England

"I think that if the daughter is older she should become Queen, it's just sexist if the son becomes King and he's younger."

Lily, 13, Bridgend, Wales

"I think men and women should be equal and if a prince has an older sister she should become Queen before him.

Louise, 12, Surrey, England

"I think it should change and if the government don't change it a girl should campaign to get it changed. Like a female version of Nelson Mandela!"

Charlotte, 11, Staffordshire, England

"I should think so because women are just as good as men, or even better in my opinion... girls can do ANYTHING that boys do."

Lauren, 14, Leeds, England

"I think the oldest child should be the first for the throne then it should go down in age order, but I think they should only rule for a certain amount of years before passing it on."

Skye, 14, Cheshire, England

"I think it isn't fair. A boy getting it before a girl is sort of sexist and the Queen is a great leader and she's a girl! Girls are just as great as boys."

Ross, 14, London, England

"I think the oldest should become a King or Queen. No matter if it is a boy or girl."

Joe, 10, Surrey, England

"I think they should stick with tradition, it would be weird to change it now!"

Andrew, 10, London, England

"I believe they should allow girls to have the same privileges as boys in the royal family. I also believe they should let Catholics become the monarch. Its time for the monarchy to catch up!"

Kane, 14, Londonderry, N. Ireland

"No as you don't even get a chance to be royal!"

Bibi, 10, London, England

"I think this rule is unfair and should be changed."

Phoebe, 11, London, England

"I think it should be changed. A girl could be the eldest and never get a chance on the throne!"

Ciara, 9, Bristol, England

"I think that changing the rule is a great idea. No offence to boys (!) but we are all equal so they have no right over us girls."

Florence, 12, Somerset, England

"NO WAY JOSE!! Who ever is born first should be King or Queen- that's fair and square!!"

Laura, 11, London, England

"Boys should be King first because we are better than girls!"

Elliott, 11, Worcestershire, England

"I am mixed on the answer; I think that they should be king and queen together."

Stephanie, 11, Milton Keynes, England

"The eldest child should become king or queen first. I hate the way everyone seems to always put women down. It's so unfair!"

Samantha, 14, London, England

"I think the monarch's eldest child should take the throne, not the boy first. That isn't just because I am a girl."

Millie, 11, Surrey, England

"This rule should be changed at once. Women have the vote but we are not allowed to be queen? It is totally wrong!"

Isabelle, 14, London, England

"This rule has worked for 300 years, why should it be changed now?!"

Joseph, 14, London, England

"I think the eldest should be king because they would probably be smarter and better than the younger ones!"

Isia, 8, London, England

"I think that it isn't fair because it gives no royal girl the chance to become queen unless she has no brothers. That isn't fair and is very sexist, so it should be changed!"

Kat, 11, London, England

"Even though I am a boy, I think that girls should be allowed to be queen if they were born first. It is unfair!"

Mark, 13, Surrey, England

"I think it depends on who is mature, sensible and skilled enough for the job."

Ryan, 12, Cheshire, England

"I think that the youngest child should be king or queen because otherwise he or she will never be king or queen."

Lucy, 7, Warminster, England

"The eldest kid should become king or queen because it is very sexist if it's only boys that get the throne."

Bronwyn, 13, Dunblane, Scotland

"I think yes because the big sister should let her little brother have a chance to rule the country."

Anjali, 11, Leicester, England

"It's not fair! Girls should have the same rights as boys!"

Orli, 11, London, England