Friday, June 22, 2012

Luxembourg succession rules officially changed

The Grand Ducal Court in Luxembourg announced today that the succession rules for the House of Luxembourg-Nassau, which were amended by Grand Duke Henri's decree, will be published in the the Memorial.

The Memorial is Luxembourg's official publication for official decrees and legislation.

The changes to the succession were announced last year, but the House of Nassau's family pact also had to be changed.  Luxembourg's succession law was semi-salic, meaning all the men came before the women.  The new decree, which effect Grand Duke Henri's descendants, allows for the succession of the first born regardless of sex.

Princess Alexandra moves up in the succession after her two older brothers, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Prince Felix.  Prince Louis and his two children do not have dynastic rights. 

Thus, if the future Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's first child is a girl, she will be second in line to the throne, even if she has younger brothers.

The thrones of Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Denmark are governed by gender equality laws. Male primogeniture is on the books  United Kingdom, Spain and Monaco, although there are plans to change the law in the United Kingdom (and in the countries where the British sovereign is also the sovereign in that country.)  There were plans to change the law in Spain although no legislation has ever been introduced and passed to make the change.  A moot point at the moment as the Prince of Asturias is the father of two daughters. 

Liechtenstein remains the only European monarchy where the succession law remains semi-salic, where all the men, even one's third cousin three times removed, is ahead of all the eligible Liechtenstein princesses.

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