Girls To Get Equal Rights To British Throne, Finally
October 28, 2011 by staff
Girls To Get Equal Rights To British Throne, Finally, Sons and daughters of British monarchs have the same right to the throne under the changes to the laws of succession to the United Kingdom agreed to Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said.
The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries that have the Queen as head of state unanimously approved the changes in a Community of Nations summit in Australia, said. The various governments of the 16 countries that still must agree to the changes to take effect.
The constitutional changes would mean a first-born child takes precedence over a younger brother. It also means that a future British monarch would be allowed to marry a Catholic.
The laws apply to future children of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who married this year.
Speaking alongside his counterpart in Australia, Julia Gillard, in Perth, Cameron describes an agreement Friday by the heads of government of the 16 nations as “something of a historical moment.”
Attitudes have changed radically over the centuries, said in a televised speech, and obsolete rules must evolve with them.
“The idea of ??a younger son should become king instead of an older daughter, simply because he is a man, or a future monarch can marry anyone of any faith, but a Catholic – this way of thinking is at odds with modern countries that we have become, “he said.
“In short, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a child, that child would one day be our queen.”
Cameron also referred to plans to scrap the Act of Succession, a law passed in 1701 prohibiting the UK monarch marrying a Catholic. The intention was to ensure that the Protestants remained on the throne and remained the head of the Church of England.
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