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Succession to the Crown Bill 2012-13

Royal Assent

(This Bill is from a previous session)


  • Bill status:

    Bill is now an Act

  • Type of Bill:

    Government Bill


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A Bill to replace male primogeniture with absolute primogeniture, meaning the gender of a person born after 28 October 2011 is no longer relevant in the rules of succession. The Bill also seeks to amend Royal marriage legislation, which previously would have disqualified anyone who married a Roman Catholic from succeeding to the Crown.

The final change is to remove the need for someone in the first six places on the Order of Succession to need the approval of the Monarch before marrying. 

Agreement was reached to overhaul existing Royal-succession legislation by Commonwealth prime ministers and presidents meeting in Perth, Australia in October 2011.

Amendments are needed to some of the UK's more historical legislation including the Act of Settlement 1701, the Acts of Union, the Treason Act 1351 and the Bill of Rights.