MPs to explore changes to the rules of royal succession

27 October 2011

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee will hold a one-off public evidence session on possible changes to the rules of succession to the throne.


Date and time: Thursday 10 November at 10.00am
Place: Grimond Room, Portcullis House.
Witnesses: Professor Robert Blackburn, Kings College London and Dr Robert Morris, Constitution Unit, University College London

The purpose of this session is to examine the constitutional implications of any changes agreed at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, or the implications of any lack of agreement. Changes under discussion there include removing the priority given to males over females, and removing the disqualification that applies to those in the line of succession if they marry a Catholic. Changes would have an impact not only in the United Kingdom but also in the fifteen other Commonwealth Realms of which the British monarch is Head of State.

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