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Commonwealth governments agree to end sexism in Royal succession rules

From the BBC comes the news:

Sons and daughters of any future UK monarch will have equal right to the throne, after Commonwealth leaders agreed to change succession laws.

The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries where the Queen is head of state unanimously approved the changes at a summit in Perth, Australia.

It means a first-born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would take precedence over younger brothers.

The ban on the monarch being married to a Roman Catholic was also lifted.


Good news for Lynne Featherstone’s work on this issue, even if the BBC’s report slightly over-eggs matters as different governments now have to make their own domestic arrangements to change their own rules. But they are all signed up to making those changes.

Remember, by the way, that it was only back in April when David Cameron was dragging his feet on the issue in the face of pressure from Nick Clegg.

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