Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has written to the leaders of the 15 Commonwealth “realms” proposing a number of legal changes in the U.K..
The PM asks that males no longer automatically take precedence as successor to the crown; he suggests that descendants of George II shouldn’t have to seek approval of the monarch before marriage if below the age of 25; and, he proposes that anyone who marries a Catholic should not be debarred from the throne.
The PM suggests that any changes made should apply to the descendants of the current Prince of Wales; this means William and Kate’s first child, whether Male or Female could inherit the throne.
Countries asked to consider the U.K. law changes include: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Papua New Guinea.
The issues that the PM put forth will be discussed at the first Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in Perth, Australia, later this month.
Cameron has asked those attending “to undertake the necessary preparations to be able to state their views then. Officials from the countries involved will work on the issue in the run-up to the summit,” reports the Associated Press.
If the changes are made, key U.K. documents will be amended, including the Bill of Rights and the Coronation Oath Act of 1688, the 1701 Act of Settlement and the 1706 Act of Union with Scotland. Legislation in other of Her Majesty’s realms would also be altered as well.