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The bill that Lord Dubs will introduce to the House of Lords to end primogeniture within the Royal Family will no doubt provoke much wailing and gnashing of teeth in conservative circles. One can argue on moral grounds that excluding first-born daughters from succession in favour of their younger brothers is wrong, but considering the deeply unegalitarian nature of any monarchical system, that is likely to run into a few problems. Surely the best argument in favour of this Bill is that some of our most successful monarchs - Elizabeth I, Victoria - were women. Does it not make sense to ensure we have more female monarchs?

The bill that Lord Dubs will introduce to the House of Lords to end primogeniture within the Royal Family will no doubt provoke much wailing and gnashing of teeth in conservative circles. One can argue on moral grounds that excluding first-born daughters from succession in favour of their younger brothers is wrong, but considering the deeply unegalitarian nature of any monarchical system, that is likely to run into a few problems. Surely the best argument in favour of this Bill is that some of our most successful monarchs - Elizabeth I, Victoria - were women. Does it not make sense to ensure we have more female monarchs?

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