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Female royal succession

2011-10-31

Queen’s University teaching fellow and royal historian Carolyn Harris is available to talk about the 16 British Commonwealth leaders agreeing today at a meeting in Australia to change royal succession rules to allow the British monarch’s first-born child, whether it is a boy or a girl, to ascend the throne.

Ms Harris, a PhD history candidate who is studying British and French royalty, can discuss other debates countries have had about female succession, including the healthy debate in Spain and the controversial debate in Japan.

“This is the culmination of years of discussion of succession change and it brings the British monarchy into line with other European Monarchies such as Sweden and the expectations of 21st century citizens of the commonwealth,” says Ms Harris.

Please note Carolyn Harris is currently in Toronto.

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

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