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Firstborn Daughters Can Now Ascend British Throne

Rule change agreed to today
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2011 8:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thanks to a rule change agreed to today, Prince William’s firstborn can ascend the throne, even if that firstborn happens to be a girl. The change to the royal succession rules was approved by leaders of the 16 countries for whom the British monarch is head of state; they also decided to scrap the rule prohibiting a monarch or heir from marrying a Catholic.

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The change to the centuries-old rules will take effect beginning with children of William and Kate, the Los Angeles Times reports. Said Prime Minister David Cameron, "The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he’s a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic—this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we’ve all become." (Read more succession stories.)

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