The British Prime Minister declared the end of the 300 year old ‘outdated’ succession laws today (Friday) – making way for the first born daughter of Kate Middleton and Prince William to be queen.
Before Kate Middleton and Prince William’s first heir can take the thrown, however, Commonwealth leaders will need to approve the new laws. As it stands currently a male heir would take the thrown even he has an older sister. “The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter, simply because he is a man just isn’t acceptable any more.”
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Prime Minister David Cameron will host a summit in Australia, next week, where he will try to persuade the Queen’s Realm – the 16 nations where the Queen is head of state – to vote to change the law. “The thinking behind these rules is wrong,” The Daily Telegraph quoted the Prime Minister as saying. “That’s why people have been talking about changing them for some time. We need to get on and do it.”
The Realms must all agree in order for the outdated laws to be overturned. Legistlation would then have to be written up and presented before the next general election where it would go to a vote.
Even if the new laws aren’t completely in place before Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child is born – the new laws would reportedly be applied. This will ensure that even if the young royals welcome a daughter first, she will one day become queen.
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