The Succession to the Crown Act 2013: Modernising the Monarchy
24 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2013
Date Written: November 2013
Constitutional reform has occupied a relatively high position on the legislative agendas of successive UK governments in recent decades. Yet little of it has impinged directly upon the monarchy. The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 is therefore a significant and uncommon enactment. This article commences by sketching out a little of the background to the Act, including the need for a common position across the Commonwealth Realms which recognise the Queen as their Head of State. It then proceeds to consider the Act's three central provisions. These will ensure gender equality in the royal succession, abolish the prohibition on a royal heir marrying a Roman Catholic, and recast the law on consent to Royal Marriages. As such, they are non‐controversial. Controversy remains, however, in an issue which the 2013 Act deliberately does not address; the bar on a Roman Catholic succeeding to the throne.
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