Royal succession laws
October 25, 2011 by staff
British Prime Minister has proposed to change the tradition that gives the first male heir precedence over their older sisters, which he called “an anomaly”.
He has written to the leaders of the 15 Commonwealth realms with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state to propose allowing first-born daughters and heirs who married Catholics to inherit the throne.
The topic will be discussed in the context of the Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth this week and Gillard, Australia’s first female leader, said he was in favor of the changes.
“You expect me, as the first Chief Minister of our nation, saying that they believe women are equal to men in every way”, said late Monday.
“And therefore, to say they are compatible with a change in the Succession Act which allows the person who succeeded to the throne of being the oldest child, regardless of gender.”
In Australia, the changes require not only the support of Gillard, but also opens the state of the country.
“So your opinions are important and I have written to count their points of view,” said Gillard.
There has been a reluctance to press the issue in the past because of legal complexities and concerns that playing with the rules may encourage the republican movement.
But the debate was intensified by the April wedding of William, second in line to the throne, while the celebrations for 60 years as monarch Queen Elizabeth next year may also be an opportunity for support.
Any change requires the agreement of all the kingdoms of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the smaller nations in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
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