Overheard on CNN.com: King Henry must be 'spinning in grave'
The laws would apply to any future children of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who married this year.
October 28th, 2011
01:34 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: King Henry must be 'spinning in grave'

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"Do they still have to pull the sword out of the stone?"–4thwright

Girls given equal rights to British throne under law changes

Girls born to the British throne can now be crowned before their younger brothers, according to changes approved by the Commonwealth of Nations summit in Australia. Future British monarchs will also be allowed to marry a Catholic, under the proposed changes. CNN.com readers explored what these changes meant and why the monarchy was still important to the Commonwealth.

Sgtgismo said, "Katie and Bill with equal billing." KellyinBoston replied, "Not quite. Kate can't be queen–She isn't an heir. She married into the family. If they have a daughter before they have a son, however, the daughter could assume the throne before the son (assuming the law is approved in all 16 countries for whom the monarchy is formal head of state)."

musings2 said, "An important move: given smaller families, all girls for William and Catherine would be a distinct possibility, and she certainly does not want to be having babies until there is a son. It would set a bad example for the zero population-growth forces. Camilla was apparently raised Catholic, so this would remove any impediment to her being Charles's queen consort."

gamts said, "I thought Queen Lizzy WAS a girl. ..." wytchang replied, "If Elizabeth had any brothers, even younger ones, he would have become king over her. The old law didn't bar women from the throne; it just preferred all the male children over the female ones."

EdwardG asked, "If you are going to change centuries of tradition to be more 'politically correct,' why on earth even bother having any tradition or royal family in the first place?"

lurgy replied, Tourism. They bring in over £200 million in tourism, and cost about £40 million. Not a bad investment." Zool agreed, "So about 50p per year per citizen of the UK. Even if we got rid of them the castles still need to be maintained. Besides they earn that money back via tourism."

hop88 said, "I'm from a colony (Australia) and have many great British friends and we voted down becoming a republic, so obviously some do want to have something to do with them. Also would like to add that sometimes not everything is about money and keeping traditions rather than becoming ultra commercialized can be worth every penny."

BeanSoup, who identified as a British expat, agreed: "It is about tradition ... and even though the British are not in the least bit patriotic, it is unpatriotic not to like the royal family. Many people would rather get rid of the royalty, but a majority want to keep them. Pride is a factor in that too."

planterspunc said, "If a monarch or future monarch marries a Roman Catholic, how do these new changes reconcile with the Roman Catholic Church's positions on the (relative) invalidity of everyone else's denominations and the demand that children from a [religious] 'mixed' marriage must be raised as Roman Catholic? Stay tuned, or WWES ('What Would Elizabeth [I] Say')."

SnackMonster said, "I can go to my grave in peace now."

amac1959 said, "King Henry VIII must be spinning in his grave. ..."

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. saywhat

    Female heirs to the British throne, marriage with Roman Catholics. What the world is coming to ?
    The IRA should now have no beef with the Crown. Marriage not war.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • UlsterJohny

      There is actually something to what you say. The Queen's visit to Ireland was huge. It was literally one of the biggest moments of my life.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • redone

      What does the pope think about this? T. M. must be spinning, too. What a shame this didn't happen a few centurys ago before a few loyal servents lost their heads.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Whoshivesagit

    no comment

    October 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    The best comment about the British monarchy still comes from this Monty Python sketch: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/king-and-peasants-discuss-monarchy/

    October 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    You are right, saywhat; I haven't considered the implications of the religious aspect.
    Marriage, not war, indeed!

    October 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Boo

    The horse appears to be interested.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. oldman100

    CHIPS AND SCONES FOREVER!

    October 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kris

    Elizabeth I DID have a younger brother who did become King for a very short time...he died very young. The her sister Mary became Queen, when she died, Elizabeth took over.

    October 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becca

      uh no... she was always the heiress presumptive since she was the first female child and only had one younger sister Margret. Her after her father, King George VI, died she became queen.

      October 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      @ Becca, Kris is speaking of Elizabeth I, not Elizabeth II.

      October 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. somuchfor

    The good thing is that he is in his grave and unable to stop modern advances in social reform.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kris

    My mistake, it was Edward, then Lady Jane Grey, Mary, THEN Elizabeth.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jenna NYC

    KIng Henry can rot in hell...for killing almost all of his wives, including the beautiful Ann Boleyn...what a jerk and poor excuse for human being. I love Boo's response...."The horse appears to be interested"....LOL

    October 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ye-ah baby!

    Kate MIddleton can sit on my throne any day!

    October 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jeanne

    hope she can carry any baby...she needs to eat a cheeseburger......she is way toooo thin.....diana all over again....

    October 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mac

    Why would Henry VIII be spinning in his grave? Yes, he wanted a male heir, but his eldest daughter DID eventually become queen (Mary I) and his other daughter became one of the greatest monarchs in English history (Elizabeth I). And Mary was Catholic to boot.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat2u

    Tradition and male dominated society be damned. If you are first born of the king/queen, you should be next in line.

    October 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alcoa

    "The next phony war will be the world’s governments’s uniting to fight ALIENS who are in reality missing children genetically engineered to look like “little green men” flying nazi technology flying sacuers currently being mass produced at, not only Area 51, but secret underground facilities in Russia, France, Germany, and the UK"- Truethat

    Come to me, dahlink, I have a cap for you...

    October 28, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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