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  1. Proposed ’Downton Law’ Would Allow Female British Heirs to Inherit Titles

    “Downton Abbey” depends on a very important plot point — the aristocratic Crawley family has no direct male heirs to pass on the family estate. This rule still applies to Britain’s dwindling landed gentry, but this could soon change for modern-day Lady Marys. A bill dubbed the “Downton Law” has been brought to the House of Lords proposing to allow first-born female aristocrats to inherit titles for the first time in British history. The proposed legislation comes after this year’s decision to change the laws of royal succession, so royal women can now directly inherit the throne.

    Sources: The Telegraph, The Atlantic

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