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Kate Middleton could be the first British royal in centuries to see an eldest daughter become Queen instead of a younger brother. Under the century-old tradition of male primogeniture, if the eldest child was a girl she would only become queen if none of her younger siblings were boys. Now, with the assent of 16 countries in the Commonwealth, girls will be just as eligible as their brothers, meaning the eldest child will always ascend to the throne. The change in law, which is expected to soon be formalized in the British parliament, also lifts a ban on Catholic heirs – a move British Prime Minister David Cameron and Catholic leaders have praised. Here are five would-be queens who were leap-frogged by their brothers for the throne:
British royal succession rules set in 1700 favored sons over daughters. Commonwealth leaders Friday agreed to drop the royal gender discrimination.
Zara Phillips wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expected, along with Prince Harry and bright lights from Britain's sports and show business worlds.
With Will and Kate visiting Los Angeles this weekend, the paparazzi will be clamoring for a signature photo. But local law enforcement officials have an array of laws to rein them in.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (c.) meets with a family in the village of Tugnui during his visit to the Siberian republic of Buryatia.
Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on July 8. William and Kate were on a royal visit to California from July 8 to July 10.
Britain's Prince William (r.) and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (l.) applaud after the match between Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Venus Williams of the US at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon in London on June 27.
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