The UK Government’s plans to change the rules on succession to the throne will finally bring rules on succession into the modern era and ensure the values of equality in our society are mirrored in the monarchy, the Secretary of State for Scotland said today.
He was speaking after the Prime Minister announced unanimous agreement had been reached with heads of Commonwealth countries where the Queen is Head of State to make changes to laws on succession dating back to the 17th century. It will allow any daughters of the monarch to succeed the throne ahead of male heirs on the basis of age rather than gender and will also remove the existing bar that prevent a potential monarch marrying a Catholic.
Michael Moore said:
“Scotland will welcome the changes to these ancient rules which recognise the right of an elder daughter to succeed the throne ahead of younger male sibling and removes the ban on the monarch marrying a Catholic. The changes mean if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest child is a girl then she will become Queen some day.
“This move reflects the modern values of the UK and will bring an end to an outdated set of rules which have little place in a country dedicated to equality and tolerance.
“Previous Governments have failed to act on this issue as it is difficult to sort out all the different legislation. This government is taking the initiative as it believes it sends an important signal on discrimination and our determination to change the rules on succession for the better.”