UK considers reform of biased royal succession law

By REUTERS
April 16, 2011 21:23

 
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LONDON - Britain said on Saturday it is looking into reforming ancient rules on royal succession to give any daughters born to Prince William and Kate Middleton the same right to the throne as their sons.

Under the 300-year-old law now in place, Prince William and fiancee Kate Middleton's first-born son would eventually become king, even if he had an older sister.

Male royal heirs have prior claim to the throne under the 1701 Act of Settlement, which also bans the monarch from marrying a Catholic.

With less than two weeks to go before the royal wedding, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg took time out from political engagements to say the law needed to change.

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