>According to today’s news it looks like the days of the British manarchy are over. The first born child, male or female, is to be the heir to the throne – and a new question will be introduced into our language. “Is the Queen a Catholic” may stand legitimately alongside the question “Is the Pope a Catholic?”
If monarchy is to be a treasured institution it seems obvious that it should reflect the view that every person matters. As things stand qualifications include being male, not being Catholic, and being born in the right family. Monarchy still seems a funny old thing but at least the proposed changes mean that sexism and religious bigotry will not be enshrined in the monarchy.