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Denmark approves female royal succession

DANES have voted to put princesses on an equal footing with princes in the royal line of succession.

Nearly complete results today show 77.7 percent of those voting approved the change of the constitution, which gives female heirs to the throne the same rights as male ones.

Lawmakers have already approved the change but the plebiscite was needed as a final step.

Currently, male heirs take precedence in Denmark's figurehead monarchy, meaning the oldest son is always first in line to the throne, even if he has an older sister.

However, Queen Margrethe inherited the throne in 1972 because she doesn't have any brothers.

Turnout in the referendum, which coincided with the European Parliament election, was 57.9 percent.


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