From Mr Kevin Greenan SIR – The Government has announced that it is consulting with the heads of state of Commonwealth countries on the subject of the right of a first-born of the monarch, male or female, being allowed to succeed to the throne – currently preference is given to a male child.
In these enlightened times should we not ask that the opportunity should not be missed to ask the heads of state to consider repealing the 1701 Act of Settlement that forbids a royal to marry a Catholic and retain his or her place to take the throne?
The official royal website states: “The Act of Settlement of 1701 was designed to secure the Protestant succession to the throne.” Is this still an acceptable situation? It would be nice to think that the children of Prince William and his beautiful new bride would not have to live under such archaic restrictions.
Yours faithfully, KEVIN GREENAN London SW1