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Succession To The Crown Bill To Continue Journey Through Parliament

This Tuesday [22nd], the much anticipated ‘Succession To The Crown Bill’ is to begin the next stage of its journey through the Houses Of Parliament beginning in the House Of Commons. The bill, which has already received criticism from the Prince Of Wales will receive its second reading on Tuesday followed by a committee stage then report before a third reading and progression to the House Of Lords.

The succession to the crown bill was initiated in 2011 when the Commonwealth Realms voted unanimously to allow absolute primogeniture instead of male preference cognatic primogeniture. In other words, the eldest child would now succeed to the throne and if female, would not be superseded by any younger brothers.

Bills in Parliament take a very long time to get through, though it has been made clear that this bill will be rushed through as a matter of priority.

The bill wouldn’t affect the current line of succession and would take effect on all descendants of the Prince Of Wales so the children of the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge would be the first to feel the effect of this bill.

Although the bill began in 2011, it was only after the announcement that the Duchess Of Cambridge was pregnant that the bill began to be frantically rushed through.

Now, though, both the Prince Of Wales and the Church Of England have expressed serious concerns over the bill and its serious loopholes (click here to see our article on Prince Of Wales & Church Of England concerns) due to the allowance for Catholics to marry heirs to the throne.

The bill also removes the requirement for members of the Royal Family to seek permission from the Monarch to marry, save for the first six in line to the throne.

We will writer a report on Tuesday after the bill’s reading in Parliament to give you the lowdown of what’s going on, especially for our overseas readers who don’t have access to BBC Parliament channel.


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