February 21, 2018

Royal Succession Law Changes After 300 Years

Prince William and Kate’s first born daughter would now be Queen.  Up until now, only sons could inherit the throne unless there are no sons, as was the case in Queen Elizabeth succeeding the throne from her father, King George VI.

The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries where Queen Elizabeth is head of state unanimously voted that the sons and daughters of any future UK monarch will have equal right to the throne. The ban on the monarch being married to a Roman Catholic was also lifted.

“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,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton earlier this year brought the issue to the forefront.  Read more

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