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UK Changes Succession Law

Girls Now Have Equal Right to UK Throne!


The UK Commonwealth has agreed to change its laws to allow first-born girls equal rights to the throne. This come after Prime Minister David Cameron proposed the change, calling it "an anomaly that in the rules relating to the highest public officer we continue to enshrine male superiority." All 16 countries where the Queen is now head of state unanimously voted to amend the rule at a summit in Perth, Australia. They also lifted the ban on the monarch marrying a Catholic.

Since Queen Elizabeth has been ruling for almost 60 years, it's easy to forget that the former system favored a male monarch. The change overturns rules dating back 300 years, which held that a first-born daughter could only become queen if she had no younger brothers. That means if Prince William and Kate Middleton's first-born is a daughter, she will automatically be the presumed heir to the throne, no matter if she has younger brothers.

The prime minister reiterated that point, "put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen." And while the idea of a monarch might be pretty retro itself, Cameron said these changes will make it more in line with the times, "The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic — this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we have become."

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Annie-Gabillet Annie-Gabillet 5 years
I think it just applies to the heirs of the Prince of Wales, not retroactively. Good question!
Quriosity Quriosity 5 years
Good news!So you know how it's not just Charles, William and Harry are in line to the throne, but also their cousins and relative (although far back in the line)... does that mean now their places of order in line is all changed because their female cousins are also eligible??
Quriosity Quriosity 5 years
Good news! So you know how it's not just Charles, William and Harry are in line to the throne, but also their cousins and relative (although far back in the line)... does that mean now their places of order in line is all changed because their female cousins are also eligible??
ladylove004 ladylove004 5 years
Awesome!!
ladylove004 ladylove004 5 years
Awesome!!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
nice!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
nice!
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