Friday, October 28, 2011

UK's Overdue Change

The last line interests me most. From the BBC:
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.

And from the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols:
I welcome the decision of Her Majesty's Government to give heirs to the throne the freedom to marry a Catholic without being removed from the line of succession. This will eliminate a point of unjust discrimination against Catholics and will be welcomed not only by Catholics but far more widely.

British Prime Minister David Cameron made the announcement today, From the Telegraph:
Speaking before the meeting in Perth, the Prime Minister said the rules are “outdated and need to change”.

"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. Nor does it make any sense that a potential Monarch can marry someone of any faith other than Catholic."

“The thinking behind these rules is wrong. That’s why people have been talking about changing them for some time. We need to get on and do it."

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