In an historic decision believed to be set in motion by the marriage of Prince William to Catherine and the esteem in which Queen Elizabeth II and her reign, The commonwealth has ratified a change in the succession to the throne that places female children on the same footing as male heirs for inheritance of the throne.
The BBC announced today that:
The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries where the Queen is head of state unanimously approved the changes at a summit in Perth, Australia.
It means a first-born daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would take precedence over younger brothers.
Announcing the succession changes, Prime Minister David Cameron said they would apply to descendents of the Prince of Wales. They will not be applied retrospectively.
"Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen," he said.
"The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic - this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we have become."
An historic change indeed!
To read more, here is a link to the BBC website: