Succession to the Crown Bill Passes

Badge of the House of Windsor

Badge of the House of Windsor

On the 25th of April 2013 the Succession to the Crown Bill, published on December 13th 2012 was given the Royal Assent by Her Majesty, The Queen and is now an official act of government. However, the law will not take effect until all other realms have passed similar legislation.

The changes this law will impose are as follows:

  • Males born after the 28th of October 2011 will NOT precede their elder sisters in the line of succession to the throne
  • Members of the Royal Family who are NOT one of the first six in the line of succession no longer require the sovereign’s permission to marry. Members of the Roy Family who have been removed die to this reason will be reinstated providing the following conditions are met:
    • At the time of marriage, both parties to the marriage must not have been one of the first six in the line of succession
    • No consent was sought in respect to the marriage under act one of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.
    • In all the circumstances it was reasonable for the person concerned not to have known at the time of the marriage that the act applied to it.
    • No party acted before the coming into force of section three on the basis that the marriage was void
  • Members of the Royal Family are now allowed to marry Roman Catholics without being removed from the line of succession. Any member(s) of the Royal Family who have been removed due to this reason will be reinstated in the line of succession.

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