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Denmark - Succession to the Throne Act Index Page Document Table of Contents

    { Adopted on: 27 March 1953 }
    { ICL Document Status: 27 March 1953 }

 

Section 1  [Royal Line]

The Throne shall be inherited by the descendants of King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine.
 

Section 2  [Son or Daughter]

(1) On the demise of a King the Throne shall pass to his son or daughter so that a son shall take precedence of a daughter, and where there are several children of the same sex the eldest child shall take precedence of a younger child.
(2) Where one of the King's children has died the issue of the deceased shall take his place in accordance with the lineal descent and the rules laid down in Subsection (1).
 

Section 3  [Brother or Sister]

(1) On the demise of a King who has left no issue entitled to succeed to the Throne, the Throne shall pass to his brother or sister with preference for the brother.
(2) Where the King has one or more brothers or one or more sisters, or where any of his brothers or sisters have died, the rules of Section 2 shall apply correspondingly.
 

Section 4  [Nearest Collateral Line]

Where there is no person entitled to succeed to the Throne under the rules of Sections 2 and 3, the Throne shall pass to the then nearest collateral line of the descendants of King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine in accordance with the lineal descent, and with preference correspondingly for men over women, and for the elder over the younger as laid down in Sections 2 and 3.
 

Section 5  [Exclusion of Illegitimate Successors]

(1) Only children born of lawful marriage shall be entitled to succeed to the Throne.
(2) The King shall not enter into marriage without the consent of the Rigsdag.
(3) Where a person entitled to succeed to the Throne enters into marriage without the consent of the King given in the Council of State, the person in question shall forfeit his right of succession to the Throne for himself and the children born of the marriage and for their issue.
 

Section 6  [Abdication of a King]

The provisions of Sections 2-5 shall apply correspondingly in the case of the abdication of a King.
 

Section 7  [Adoption with Constitution]

This Act shall come into operation at the same time as the Constitution of the Kingdom of Denmark Act, 5 June 1953.

For methodology see: Comparing Constitutions and International Constitutional Law.
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