GENDER-BLIND DUCHY OF CORNWALL

2 March 2013

The Succession to the Crown Bill, which seeks to make the oldest heir, irrespective of gender, the inheritor of the throne of the UK, has thrown up questions about the duchy of Cornwall. At present only the oldest son and heir apparent of the monarch can have the title duke of Cornwall and own the duchy estate. When the heir to the throne is a female (or grandson) the title duke of Cornwall goes into abeyance but, due to the Sovereign Grant Act 2011, the equivalent of duchy money goes to the female non-duke.

This duchy issue has been discussed in parliament earlier but I draw attention as a catch-up to the specific amendment of Francis Baring (lord Northbrook) the other day to make succession to the duchy not dependent on gender, along with the debate about the amendment (Lords Hansard 28 February 2013 column 1188).

Tony Berkeley said he would be introducing a private bill to tackle issues around the powers and funds of the duchy that he raised previously. See this earlier post about Berkeley’s concerns Future of the duchy. It links to previous posts on the duchy.


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