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As Japan's emperor abdicates, which countries let women take the throne?
Here's a look at which countries allow their princesses to become queens in their own right and which have kept it a boys' club.
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July 29, 2018
Spain has a system of male preference, meaning a woman can inherit the throne but a younger son will...
Palma De Mallorca, Spain
Spain's King Felipe, Queen Letizia and daughters Leonor and Sofia pose in Almudaina Palace during their...
Spain has a system of male preference, meaning a woman can inherit the throne but a younger son will take precedence over any elder sisters.
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December 12, 2017
Morocco only allows men to rule: according to the country's constitution, the crown passes to the eldest...
Paris, France
Morocco's King Mohammed VI arrives for a lunch at the Elysee Palace as part of the One Planet Summit...
Morocco only allows men to rule: according to the country's constitution, the crown passes to the eldest son unless the reigning monarch names a younger son as his heir.
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October 08, 2018
Sweden in 1980 became the first modern monarchy to change its succession rites so that the first-born...
Pau, France
Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attend...
Sweden in 1980 became the first modern monarchy to change its succession rites so that the first-born child of the monarch is heir to the throne, regardless of gender.
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INDIA
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January 25, 2013
Bhutan allows male heirs to leapfrog over their younger sisters to take the throne under laws that also...
New Delhi, India
Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck gestures as Queen Jetsun Pema watches during the king's...
Bhutan allows male heirs to leapfrog over their younger sisters to take the throne under laws that also require the kingto retire at age 65.


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January 14, 2019
Absolute monarchy Oman only allows male heirs to take on the role of sultan.
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Muscat, Oman
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al-Said at the Beit Al...
Absolute monarchy Oman only allows male heirs to take on the role of sultan.
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April 30, 2013
In the Netherlands, the crown passes to the eldest child of the previous monarch. The country changed...
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima wave to the crowd with their daughters Crown Princess...
In the Netherlands, the crown passes to the eldest child of the previous monarch. The country changed its rules in 1983 to give women an equal right to inherit the throne.

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May 14, 2018
Thailand's constitution in 1974 changed the rules of succession to allow the possibility for women to...
Bangkok, Thailand
Lertviroj Kowattana, permanent secretary of the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, dressed...
Thailand's constitution in 1974 changed the rules of succession to allow the possibility for women to inherit the throne.
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