Monday, October 17, 2011

End of Male Primogeniture?

As reported recently, there is an initiative to change succession rules in the Commonwealth realms.

It is interesting with the upcoming Diamond Jubilee, the second in a bit more than a century, that this is so pressing. In the past two centuries there has been a female monarch on the Britannic throne more than 60 percent of the time. And the British Prime Minister feels the need to “end discrimination” against females.

Royal World gives some thoughts and has some more statistics.

Rants The Mad Monarchist:

The idea of trying to end birthright discrimination in a hereditary monarchy is so ludicrous it makes my head hurt. I know I’ve asked this before, but seriously, what happened to Great Britain? Did a majority of the British public all suddenly get hit with a dumb stick sometime after World War II? I don’t mean to be harsh here, the same could be asked about most monarchies in Europe. That is what this is really, a fashionable trend. Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium and so on have already done the same and Britain doesn’t want to be the odd man out. Sure, other monarchies still have male primogeniture, like Monaco, but Britain doesn’t want to be anything like Monaco. They have very low taxes, a monarchy that still rules the country and you can go to jail if you insult the Prince. What a horrid place. No, the UK wants to be like the progressive, socialist monarchies on the continent. Next thing you know they’ll be trying to make the Queen ride a bicycle to Westminster for the opening of Parliament and tell her she can’t wear her own crown anymore.

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