Royal Succession Bill to be introduced
Hon Judith Collins
18 February 2013
Bill to be introduced
Justice Minister Judith
Collins has announced legislation will be introduced to
Parliament today to clear the way for changes to laws
dictating the line of succession to the throne.
Succession Bill allows an elder daughter to precede a
younger son in the line of succession, meaning the order of
succession to the throne will no longer be based on
“The new laws will apply to any children in the
Royal line of succession born after 28 October 2011. This
means the change will apply to the child of Their Royal
Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, due to be born
in July,” says Ms Collins.
The new rules will also allow
a person married to a Roman Catholic to become King or
Queen. Currently, prospective heirs who are married to
Catholics are disqualified from succession.
will not allow a Catholic to accede to the throne. The rules
which require the Sovereign to swear an oath to maintain the
Protestant religion will remain unchanged.
The Bill also
removes the requirement that members of the Royal family
must seek the Sovereign’s permission to marry, and instead
require just the first six in line to the throne to seek
consent to marry.
“All 16 countries sharing the Queen as
Head of State, including New Zealand must have the same laws
“In the United Kingdom, a Bill to make
these changes to Royal succession laws is currently going
through Parliament. New Zealand also needs to make changes
to our laws because changes to United Kingdom laws do not
automatically apply here,” says Ms Collins.
first reading, the Royal Succession Bill will be referred to
a select committee where everyone will have the opportunity
to have their say on the
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