Proposals to reform the ancient rules of succession to the &to=http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/363/15053_Sailor.html' target=_blank>British throne _ by giving women the same rights as men _ were rejected by lawmakers Wednesday.
Legislators in the House of Lords, Britain's unelected upper chamber, said there was no "groundswell of support" for change.
Lord Alfred Dubs put forward plans to overturn the system by which a monarch's eldest son succeeds to the throne, even if he has an older sister.
"The monarchy should reflect the values of our society. It cannot do that if succession is based on discrimination against women," he said.