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Downton Abbey and Britain’s Changing Attitudes towards Succession

The internationally acclaimed television series Downton Abbey introduced many people to Britain’s past inheritance laws. The practice of primogeniture is no longer British law but still remains an inheritance model for Britain’s major landowning families. A new survey conducted for Country Life last week, shows an emerging change in succession attitudes to relax the enforcement of the primogeniture model to transfer land and title. Only 16% of the major landowning families surveyed strictly implement the practice of primogeniture.

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