Today is the day that we hear the death toll for male primogeniture dominating the line of succession to the throne throughout the whole of the Commonwealth. As H.M. The Queen addressed the Commonwealth summit in Perth, Australia, today, her speech stressed the importance of valuing women as equals and recognising their potential for bringing about significant progress in society:
The theme this year is Women As Agents of Change. It reminds us of the potential in our societies that is yet to be fully unlocked and it encourages us to find ways to allow all girls and women to play their full part. We must continue to strive in our own countries and across the Commonwealth together to promote that theme in a lasting way beyond this year.
H.M. The Queen
Revising the succession legislation to give girls the same rights as boys to the English throne has been talked about in social circles and at court for years, and the unanimous vote of all Commonwealth realms and countries at today’s meeting could not have been more happily received. In very practical terms, once the ocean of legal paperwork and has been navigated, this means that any girls born into the line of succession will have equal rights to the throne: so we could very well have Prince William’s daughter as our future Queen. Today’s decision is also monumental in terms of it being a radical revision of our monarchy and one of the most important victories for feminism in Britain this century. Above all, it is a great triumph for our Queen, and all our future Queens.