New law could allow heiress to the throne (UK)

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The law that forces the daughter of a monarch to make way for her younger brother in the succession could be abolished under new equality legislation.

Ministers want to give women equal rights to succeed the throne, ending the rule of primogeniture set down under the provisions of the 1701 Act of Settlement.

The change would not affect the current line of succession, but would mean that if Prince William had a daughter and then a son, his daughter would become Queen.

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