Danes vote for girls to have equal footing in royal succession

Danes vote for girls to have equal footing in royal succession

The people of Denmark have voted for daughters of their country's royal family to have equal rights to throne as princes.

In a recent referendum just over 85 per cent of voters approved the amendment to the constitution, which has now been passed into law. So from now on the first-born child of any future monarch will succeed to the throne, regardless of gender.

The new rules will not have any bearing on the current situation as Crown Prince Frederik's son Prince Christian was born before his sister Isabella.

Under the old succession laws, first born male heirs automatically became king ahead of their older sisters. The current Danish sovereign, Queen Margrethe – the oldest of three sisters - only became monarch in 1972 because she had no brothers.

Photo: Rex

Monday June 8, 2009

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