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UNITED KINGDOM 6 Feb 2012 Elizabeth II marks 60 years as Britain’s queen

Elizabeth II ascended the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1952, following the death of

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UNITED KINGDOM 6 Feb 2012 Elizabeth II marks 60 years as Britain's queen

Elizabeth II ascended the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 Feb 1952. The February anniversary serves as a warm up for the main event, the celebration in June of the coronation anniversary, and could be a convenient occasion for an announcement about the Royal succession. British Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing for a change in the ancient rules of succession that restrict the chances of female royals inheriting

UNITED KINGDOM 6 Feb 2012 Elizabeth II marks 60 years as Britain's queen

Elizabeth II ascended the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 Feb 1952. The February anniversary serves as a warm up for the main event, the celebration in June of the coronation anniversary, and could be a convenient occasion for an announcement about the Royal succession. British Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing for a change in the ancient rules of succession that restrict the chances of female royals inheriting the throne.

The 1701 Act of Settlement gives the throne to the royal family's oldest male heir -- even if he has an older sister. Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952 after her father's death because she had no brother. The proposed change would see a monarch's first-born child, regardless of sex, as the first in line to the throne.

As it stands, an elder daughter born to the newlywed Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would have to defer to her younger brother once the prince's reign came to an end. Prince William, the grandson of Elizabeth II, is next in line to the throne after Prince Charles, her son and first born.

At Cameron's request, the change will be considered at a summit of Commonwealth leaders in October. Such a change would require consensus among all 16 Commonwealth nations - the nations that recognize Elizabeth II as head of state. They include Australia, Canada, Jamaica and Tuvalu.

A provision in the 1701 Act of Settlement prevents Catholics from becoming king or queen, and bar anyone who marries a Catholic from the line of succession. This provision also might be scrapped. (WRITTEN Oct 2011)

RELATED READING:

Will and Kate's Royal Baby Girl Could Be Queen if Rules of Succession Change (ABC 14 Oct 2011)
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2011/10/will-and-kates-royal-baby-
girl-could-be-queen-if-rules-of-succession-change/

Commonwealth to discuss changing royal succession (Vancouver Sun 13 Oct 2011) http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Commonwealth+discuss+changing
+royal+succession/5541408/story.html

Date written/update: 2012-02-06