It’s official! If Will & Kate’s first born is a girl, she will be first in succession over any younger brothers!
Now, thanks to a unanimous vote, future sons and daughters (including Prince William and Kate Middleton’s) of any future United Kingdom monarch will have equal right to the throne! BBC reports that the leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries where Queen Elizabeth is head of state have all agreed to change the succession laws at a summit in Perth, Australia.
Under the old succession laws — which, by the way, were more than 300 years old — the heir to the throne was the first-born son of the monarch. An eldest daughter could only inherit the throne if there are no sons — which is how Queen Elizabeth was passed the crown from her father, George VI.
Prime Minister David Cameron announced the new changes: “Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen.”
In addition to succession changes, the monarchs are now free to marry a Roman Catholic and every descendent of George II is no longer legally required to seek consent of the monarch before marrying.
“The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simple 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 what we have become,” Prime Minister David said.
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