If Kate Middleton and Prince William's first child is a daughter, can she one day be queen?
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is hoping so. He recently penned a letter to the Commonwealth proposing a change in the 1701 Act of Settlement that would allow the first-born child of royals to be the next monarch regardless of their gender (under the current law, a big sister would lose her right to the throne if her parents later give birth to a son).
“We espouse gender equality in all other aspects of life and it is an anomaly that in the rules relating to the highest public office we continue to enshrine male superiority," writes Cameron. His proposal will be discussed at a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Perth, Australia in October, and would need the unanimous consent of all 16 Commonwealth countries -- including such far-flung locales as Canada, Ghana and Pakistan.
WVoN picked up on the "espouse" in his statement, adding that they hope that this shift in rules of inheriting the throne could trickle down to antiquated estate inheritance practices that favor passing landed estates through male lines.
The U.K. has had some iconic women at its helm -- Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and the current queen come to mind -- and, as TresSugar points out, the legalization of a female successor would allow Prince William and Duchess Catherine to avoid some awkward public relations messes if their firstborn child turns out to be a daughter.
But what about beyond Britain? We decided to take a look around the world and see where a woman can currently inherit the throne.
PHOTOS: Where You Can Still Be Queen
CORRECTION: The slides for Sweden and Norway inaccurately stated the lines of succession for those countries, or misrepresented the legal grounds for succession.