Queen `backs plan to let William`s daughter accede to throne`

London: The Queen is personally backing plans to change ancient laws so that a firstborn daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton could accede to the British throne, a media report said.

The Monarch has "let it be known" that she is fully behind moves to repeal the primogeniture law, which puts male heirs ahead of their older sisters in the line of succession, `The Daily Telegraph` quoted royal sources as saying.

The Queen`s support will strengthen British Premier David Cameron`s hand in seeking to change the law. He had last week launched a bid to get the consent of 15 Commonwealth countries for reform of the law, calling the current system "an anomaly" that goes against "gender equality".

Under Cameron`s plans, succession to the throne would be determined simply by the order of birth - so if Prince William and his wife Kate, both 29, had a first child who was a girl, she would take precedence of any of her brothers, the British newspaper said.

A royal aide said: "The Queen will naturally leave the politics and the debating to her government, but she has let it be known that she would very much welcome an active debate on the issue by all her Commonwealth leaders in Perth."

A change to the law would build on the Queen`s legacy of modernising the monarchy, the report said.

Under her reign, she has opened Buckingham Palace to the public, embraced the digital age with Royal Facebook and Twitter accounts, and encouraged members of the Royal family to take a less "stuffy" approach to their official duties.


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