Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Denmark to vote on royal succession

Boy or girl?

The Danes are set to vote in a referendum to alter Denmark's male only requirements for succession to the throne. As is already the case in neighbouring Sweden, absolute primogeniture means that any child, regardless of gender, can inherit the throne legitimately. Currently most of the worlds royal families are bound by male-preference primogeniture (cognatic primogeniture) meaning that male heirs can inherit the throne before their female family members.

Denmarks Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: 'It isn't an issue right now that Prince Christian is the first-born child and heir. But we thought it was appropriate to change the law at a point where it wasn't about a particular person and instead about the principle.'

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