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UK royal succession change agreed

Post by Guest on 28.10.11 11:28

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28 October 2011
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UK royal succession change agreed

If Prince William and Kate have a daughter first, she would take precedence over younger brothers

Sons and daughters of any future UK monarch will have equal right to the throne, after Commonwealth leaders agreed to changed succession laws.

The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries where the Queen is head of state unanimously approved the changes at a summit in Perth, Australia.

It means a first-born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will take precedence over younger brothers.

The ban on the monarch being married to a Roman Catholic was also lifted.

Under the old succession laws, dating back more than 300 years, the heir to the throne is the first-born son of the monarch. Only when there are no sons, as in the case of the Queen's father George VI, does the crown pass to the eldest daughter.

David Cameron: ''The idea a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he's a man... is at odds with the modern countries we have become''
Announcing the changes had been passed, Prime Minister David Cameron said they would apply to descendents of the Prince of Wales. They will not be applied retrospectively.

"Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen," he said.

"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."

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, said it was an extraordinary moment: "I'm very enthusiastic about it. You would expect the first Australian woman prime minister to be very enthusiastic about a change which equals equality for women in a new area."

On scrapping the ban on future monarch's marrying Roman Catholics, Mr Cameron said: "Let me be clear, the monarch must be in communion with the Church of England because he or she is the head of that Church. But it is simply wrong they should be denied the chance to marry a Catholic if they wish to do so. After all, they are already quite free to marry someone of any other faith."

In her opening speech to the summit, the Queen did not directly mention the royal succession laws, but said women should have a greater role in society.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15492607

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Post by Guest on 28.10.11 12:17

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Re: UK royal succession change agreed

Post by puzzled on 28.10.11 15:36

These laws were long overdue for change. The idea that the heir to the throne has to be a man goes back to the days when kings were expected to be warriors, and to lead their men into battle themselves, and the anti-Catholic law is rooted in outdated 17th -century bigotry.

But as far as the wider world is concerned the changes in the law won't make much difference to anything.

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Post by PeterMac on 28.10.11 16:58

"Prime Minister David Cameron said they would apply to descendents of the Prince of Wales. They will not be applied retrospectively.
"Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen," he said."
He still could not get it right.
He should have said "If the Duke and Duchess were to have a girl as their firstborn child, and she survived the death of her father, then..."

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