Royal succession bill debate

Changes to the laws of royal succession will face their first Commons test today. The legislation will end discrimination against female royals so that men will no longer take precedence over women in the order of succession.

Clegg 'modernising out-of-date' royal succession rules

The reforms couldn't be more timely, given the fantastic news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby.

The other Commonwealth countries where Her Majesty The Queen is head of state have just given us the green light to change the law, and we are wasting no time.

At the moment, if the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a girl, any younger brothers she has will overtake her in line to the throne.

We're modernising these out-of-date rules so that men and women in line to the Throne have equal rights.

– Deputy Prime minister Nick Clegg

Royal succession bill to be debated in Commons

The House of Commons will debate changes to the laws of royal succession today.

Royal Succession
If the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child is a girl, she could become the future monarch. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The legislation would end discrimination against female royals so that men no longer took precedence over women in the order of succession.

That would mean the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child can become monarch even if it is a girl who later has younger brothers.

The proposals will also end the bar on royal heirs marrying Catholics if they want to keep their entitlement to the throne.

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