300 years of English Constitutional tradition comes to an end as Commonwealth nations approved changes to the rules of succession to allow first-born daughters to inherit the British throne. The changes to the outdated laws would also allow heirs who marry Roman Catholics to inherit the throne.
Royal succession gender rules change
Female members of the Royal Family will be given equality with men in rules of succession to the throne.
It comes as historic constitutional changes were agreed unanimously by the 16 nations of which the Queen is monarch.
PM David Cameron on the Royal Succession Reforms–Sky News
Heralding an end to over 300 years of English Constitutional tradition, Commonwealth nations today approved changes to the rules of succession, which passed the Crown to the oldest male heir, to allow first-born daughters to inherit the British throne.
“We will end the male primogeniture rule so that in future the order of succession should be determined simply by the order of birth,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said after a summit of the 16 Commonwealth countries of which Queen Elizabeth II is head of state.
The changes to the outdated laws would also allow heirs who marry Roman Catholics to inherit the throne.
“We have agreed to scrap the rule which says that no one that marries a Roman Catholic can become monarch,” Cameron said at a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard here.
Cameron said the changes would apply to descendents of the Prince of Wales and they will not be applied retrospectively.
NOTE: Note: The demand to revise the sexist laws itself was never suggested by the British Monarch either but rather by a British subject,