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Clegg says royal succession reform is under discussion

The government is consulting Commonwealth countries about changing the laws on royal succession, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said. At present, the law of primogeniture means male heirs accede to the throne before any older sisters.

Mr Clegg, who is responsible for constitutional reform, told the BBC the issue would "require careful thought". But he said both he and David Cameron were "sympathetic" to changing rules, which seemed "a little old fashioned".

Peter Hunt reports.

  • 16 Apr 2011