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Royal succession law changes

2011-10-19

Queen’s University teaching fellow Carolyn Harris and political studies professor emeritus Ned Franks are available to talk about Britain’s announcement that it is planning to change the royal succession law that currently restricts the chances of female royals inheriting the throne.

Ms Harris, an expert on the British royalty, can talk about a wide range of topics related to the Royal family, including public perceptions.

“The proposed introduction of gender parity in the royal succession provides the opportunity for the British and Commonwealth governments to review the more than three hundred year old Act of Settlement and attempt to adapt it to twenty-first century expectations of constitutional monarchy," says Ms Harris, a PhD history candidate who is studying British and French royalty.

Dr. Franks is one of the leading experts on Canadian Parliamentary procedure and can discuss the succession changes from a Parliamentary perspective. He says Canada's role in changing the succession law is fairly simple – requiring Canadian MPs to pass an act in Parliament.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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