The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child will be recognised as monarch by Queenland regardless of its sex.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child will be recognised as monarch by Queenland regardless of its sex. Bang Showbiz

Royal panic at Goodna pub is now over

THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's child will be recognised as monarch by Queenland regardless of its sex - and no-one could be more relieved than Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller.

In a tongue-in-cheek address to State Parliament yesterday, she claimed the issue had been the talk of her local watering hole, Goodna's Royal Mail Hotel.

"The other day when I was visiting the Royal Mail Hotel, I wasn't at all surprised when Bazza - I may have changed a few names in my stories to protect the innocent - sidled up to me," she told MPs.

"He said 'Jo-Ann, what's happening with the Succession to the Crown Bill 2013?'

"Once Bazza brought up the topic, you couldn't stop the questions," she continued, as some of her colleagues in the chamber began to giggle.

"Dogger told me he was very concerned about the baby that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting. 'Kate is now approaching her 8th month of pregnancy, and the question of Royal Succession still hasn't been finalised by the Queensland government!'."

All states are required to implement legislation to enforce the United Kingdom's law reforms allowing Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge's child, if female, to be recognised as monarch.

Despite calls by the Federal Government, Queensland reserved its right as a sovereign state to amend its own legislation.

Following a lively debate Parliament voted to allow royal succession regardless of gender.



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