For the last 300 years, the oldest male heir has assumed the throne — even if he has an older sister. But no longer! At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (which was attended by leaders from the UK, Australia, Canada, and the 13 other realm countries), a unanimous decision was reached to change the succession laws, as well as to do away with laws that state one cannot take the throne if they are married to a Catholic.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been a very vocal force in advocating for these changes, espousing the importance of gender equality. “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,” he explained. “Nor does it make any sense that a potential Monarch can marry someone of any faith other than Catholic.” Agreed!
Buckingham Palace has indicated that Queen Elizabeth is down with all of this, and she will attend another meeting of the Commonwealth countries next week. Oh, and in sum, as per Cameron: “Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen.”