Cameron: Royals back succession rule change

Government plans to change the rules on succession to the throne have been cleared by Buckingham Palace, David Cameron told MPs today.

Mr Cameron said:" What I can say is throughout the process of bringing forward this proposal, which is a proposal that head of all the Commonwealth dominium realms have also signed up to, through that process there has been thorough contact between Number 10 Downing Street and the Palace.

"All of the issues are settled and agreed."

The Queen succeeded to the throne in 1952 after her father's death.

Father of the House Sir Peter Tapsell had queried whether the plans - which will allow first born women to take precedence in the line of succession for the first time and allow marriage to Catholics - were backed by the Royal Family.