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Women & Succession to the Throne
Recently Parliament passed a law changing the rules of succession so that the first-born child of the sovereign would inherit the throne regardless of gender. While generally appreciated there are some arguments that making such a change without amending the constitution is unconstitutional. As such, while the law currently stands it could be challenged and struck down at a later date. Monarchists should wonder whether they want to leave such a loose thread for future republicans to unravel at an inopportune moment.
Interestingly there is a possible solution that allows the change to happen while at the same time not opening up a wretched constitutional battle. The old succession rules stated that the eldest male child of the sovereign inherits the throne. Fine. Have Parliament pass a law declaring that the eldest child of the sovereign is legally male, even if that is not the case. Preposterous? Not really. There have been multiple examples in history where similar 'legal fictions' have been applied. It may lead to certain circumstances where a women has to reign as a king but that isn't all that odd either.
For instance Jadwiga of Anjou, King of Poland, was a women. It was noted at the time that while the law made no provision for rule by a queen it also did not specify the king had to be male. Poland would do the same thing with Anna Jagiellon later on. Likewise the Netherlands constitution specifies the ruler is the king despite most of their monarchs over the last century having been women. Currently Queen Elizabeth II holds two titles that are typically thought of as masculine; Lord of Mann and Duke of Lancaster. So there is precedence for this.
It should also be noted that the term 'king' is not inherently gendered. King means "one who descended from noble birth". 'Queen' is actually more problematic as it is gendered (it variously means 'wife' or 'wife of a king'). Some Asian monarchies used/use gender neutral terms for their rulers (even if women are barred from the throne). The ruler of Japan uses 'Tennou' which, while translated as 'Emperor', literally means 'Heavenly Sovereign'.
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