UK set to revise royal succession rules

It seems the War on (Royal) Women has met its end in the UK.

The BBC reports that there are plans to float a bill in Parliament doing away with male primogeniture, the legal principle in which a male heir receives precedence over his elder female siblings, in royal succession.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the BBC that the government would soon introduce the Succession to the Crown Bill in the House of Commons.

The change to succession rules requires the assent of the 15 other realms of the British Commonwealth, which counts Canada and Australia among its members. Clegg confirms that all 15 other nations of the Commonwealth have informed Parliament that a similar measure would pass their respective national parliaments.

The Succession to the Crown Bill would also alter a notorious provision in British law that bans anyone in line of succession to the throne from marrying a Roman Catholic.

The proposed legislation would require amending certain core constitutional documents of the British government including the Bill of Rights of 1689 and the 1706 Act of Union with Scotland.

Although word of the proposed changes comes days after news of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy crossed the wires, Clegg reported that the timing is a “happy coincidence.”

If the succession bill passes, William and Kate’s first-born child will inherit the throne after William’s death, regardless of the child’s sex.

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