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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Royal Pecking Order

LONDON () -- New legislation aimed at overturning the ancient law of primogeniture, under which males take precedence over females in the line of succession to the British throne, is to be proposed in the upper chamber of parliament, it emerged Tuesday.


Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, politician and best-selling novelist, said his proposed bill would end the "farcical" situation where a woman, if she was the first-born, would be prevented from becoming queen if she had younger brothers.


Changing the law of succession is believed to have been one of the reforms discussed by senior members of the royal family when they met at the queen's Scottish country estate in Balmoral in August.