A British regulation–still in existence today– known as the law of entail dictates that daughters cannot inherit property or titles from their noble fathers. It’s the plot of Downton Abbey wherein Lady Mary weds her cousin Matthew in order to keep the nobility in the family. Soon this might change:

A new bill making its way through the House of Lords would for the first time allow noble fathers to pass their titles onto their daughters, the Daily Telegraph reports. The name of the legislation? “The Downton Law,” naturally.

Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellowes spoke to Fresh Air’s Dave Davies last year. Hear the interview.

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