The bill which will see, among other things, equal rights to succeed to the throne for women and will stop the system of succession called male preference cognatic primogeniture which basically means that females may only inherit the throne if they have no brothers and introduce absolute primogeniture which means the eldest child of the Sovereign inherits the throne.
However, this part of the new act will not affect the current immediate line of succession (that of those likely to inherit the throne) as it is only effective for those born after 28th October 2011.
The clause which allows Royals to marry Catholics and stay in the line of succession works also retrospectively. The first person to be affected by this will be the Earl of St Andrews, son on the Duke of Kent (who married a Catholic) who will be restored to the line of succession at 32nd.
Prince Michael of Kent will be restored to 44th in line to the throne.
The 26th and 27th in line to the throne, currently Tāne Lewis and Senna Lewis respectively would have their places reversed because Tāne was born after 28 October 2011 and therefore loses his position of Male Preference over his older sister, meaning they simply swap places.
Here is the updated line of succession to the throne that will come into effect once the bill passes to become law. As is visible, the immediate line isn’t affected, and nor will it be – the bill was engineered to, quote, ‘not give members of the Royal Family unrealistic expectations of inheriting the throne’.
photo credit: UK Parliament via photopin cc
Zenouska Mowatt is the daughter of Marina Ogilvy, not her son.
Typo. Now amended. Many thanks.
Will this not affect The Princess Royal’s and her children’s places on the line of succession?
No, the change is only retrospective for those born after 28th October 2011.
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