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Royals allowed to marry same-sex partner and keep throne in major rule change

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The rule came into effect in the Netherlands, meaning members of the Dutch Royal Family can marry a person of any gender and keep their right to the throne. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday the rules allow the Dutch crown princess to marry whomever she likes without having to abdicate from the Royal Family.

Crown Princess Catharina-Amalia, 17, is the heir apparent to King Willem-Alexander and very little is known about her personal life.

The question following the recent publication of a book named “Amalia, Duty Calls” which argues that old laws would appear to exclude the possibility of a same-sex royal couple.

However, the Dutch Prime Minister said times have changed since one of his predecessors last addressed the issue in the year 2000.

Especially considering the Netherlands was the first country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.

In a letter to parliament, Mr Rutte said: “The Government believes that the heir can also marry a person of the same sex.

“The cabinet therefore does not see that an heir to the throne or the king should abdicate if he/she would like to marry a partner of the same sex.”

The leader also pointed out that one issue remains unresolved which is how a gay marriage would affect later succession of the royal couple’s children.

He added that it doesn’t make sense to try to decide that now though as it will alternate on a case-by-case basis.

He said: “It’s just very dependent on the facts and circumstances of the specific case, as you can see by looking back at how family law can change over time.”

Royal marriages need the approval of parliament, something which isn’t required with regular marriages.

Members of the royal house have on occasion given up their place in the line of succession, either to marry someone without permission or because they seemed unlikely to obtain it.

The Dutch Royal Family consists of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three children – 17-year-old Catharina-Amalia and Princess Alexia, 16 and Princess Ariane, 14.

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The second of the couple’s three daughters left to study at a boarding school in Wales in August.

Alexia is studying for her International Baccalaureate at the UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major, Wales.

She will spend the next two years studying there, joined by the heir to the Spanish throne Princess Leonor, 15, who is the eldest daughter of King Felipe and Queen Letizia.

Recently the Dutch royals decided to welcome a new member to the family – a dog named Mambo.

They introduced the pup via social media on World Animal Day, October 4.

Accompanying the image of the pooch wearing a pink collar was the caption: “Meet Mambo, the newest member of the Royal Family!”

The family are already the proud owners of three Labradors called Luna, Skipper and Nala.

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