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article imageRightful heir to throne lineage could change in UK

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By KJ Mullins     Jan 22, 2011 in Politics
A bill has been introduced into the House of Commons this week that could change how future British kings and queens will be considered.
Labour MP Keith Vaz introduced the bill that would remove the male requirement as to who is a rightful heir to the throne.
The ministers believe that bypassing first born daughters for their younger brothers may be discriminatory. The current progression of rightful heirs stems from the 309 year 1701 Act of Succession which follows the rule of primogeniture. The current law also forbids Roman Catholics from becoming the king or queen of the United Kingdom.
The process will take years to be approved. It has to be agreed upon by each of the 15 nations where Queen Elizabeth is the head of state.
In other news the Royals are now exempted from Freedom of Information laws, allowing them to keep their secrets safe from the press for decades. The new law will help protect their private conversations with politicians and other officials according to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke. However it is being said that this move could keep the public out of the loop on information that could be considered public interest.
Royals would be allowed to lobby ministers about their projects as Prince Charles currently does.
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