Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Vlad the Impaler was Prince Charles’s ancestor; women can now be first in line for the throne

It’s been a day of royal shakeups.

Vlad the Impaler. (File photo)
First, Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, confessed he is related to Vlad the Impaler, the uber-cruel 15th century Romanian warlord who was later the inspiration for Dracula. A mild-mannered drawing appears to the left.

Then, in the biggest change to the rule of royal succession in centuries, the leaders of the U.K.’s 16 Commonwealth nations decided that an elder daughter can become queen instead of stepping aside for a younger brother. Those in the line of succession can also marry Catholics.

Though the two announcements were unrelated, taken together, they make perfect sense. In an age when male descendents of Vampire-like warlords are first in line for the throne, it may be best to encourage the possibility that, one day, a future fresh-faced daughter of Kate Middleton assume the throne.


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