Calls to change centuries-old law favouring male heirs and preventing firstborn ... trends now

Calls to change centuries-old law favouring male heirs and preventing firstborn ... trends now
Calls to change centuries-old law favouring male heirs and preventing firstborn ... trends now

Calls to change centuries-old law favouring male heirs and preventing firstborn ... trends now

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The upcoming wedding of the Duke of Westminster to fiancee Olivia Henson has resulted in renewed calls to change the law that means firstborn daughters will not inherit titles over their younger brothers.

The laws of primogeniture - which have existed for centuries - means that the eldest son will always inherit the title after the death of their father, even over their older sisters.

Campaigners have reignited calls for a change in the law, highlighting the current rules could impact the future children of the Duke of Westminster and his fiancee Olivia Henson, who will marry on June 7.

Only if a private members bill proposed by Harriett Baldwin - the Hereditary Titles (Female Succession) Bill - is passed will their first child, if she is a girl, will inherit the Westminster title from her father.

The ancient laws will instead mean that the aristocratic couple's title will instead skip past their eldest child and instead to the first son the couple bear.

The 7th Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor with his fiancee Olivia Henson

The 7th Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor with his fiancee Olivia Henson

If the couple's firstborn is a girl, she will not inherit the title if she has a younger brother

If the couple's firstborn is a girl, she will not inherit the title if she has a younger brother

But if the bill is passed, firstborn daughters will be treated equally to firstborn sons when it comes to inheritance.

The bill proposed by Ms Baldwin has received the support of several MPs including Philip Davies, the Telegraph reports.

It was due for a second reading in February but it ran out of time, so will have to be re-submitted to parliament after the election on July 4.

The Duke of Westminster, who is a friend of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex, as well as Princes George and Archies godfather, inherited the title from his father after his death in 2016.

Along with the title came 140,000 acres of land in Oxfordshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Scotland - and another 300 in Mayfair and Belgravia.

The Duke is thought to be worth £10.127billion.

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