In Belgium, cognatic applies to only the descendants of King Albert II. Other lines of descent have succession rights, but the Salic law applies to them. However, there are at present no male-line descendants of King Leopold I who are not also descended from Albert II. In the UK, it applies only to the generation of the queen's great-grandchildren.
But almost all changes had retroactive consequences: in Sweden, it wasn't supposed to, but Prince Carl Philip happened to be born between the two sessions of Parliament (the first vote was passed several months before his birth). In Denmark, it was male-preferred primogeniture in 1953 which displaced the heir-presumptive (Prince Knud) in the succession. In Norway, exceptions to fully cognatic had to be made for the children of Harald V, since both were already in their teens when the law changed: accordingly, male-preferred primogeniture applies to them. In the UK, the law was made retroactive to persons born after 2011 (I forget the exact date). Accordingly, the order of succession for the grandchildren of the Duke of Gloucester got changed.
In Belgium, Princess Astrid and her children displaced her younger brother, Prince Laurent, in the succession: in fact, the desire for this was the whole reason why fully cognatic primogeniture got approved.
And in Luxembourg, Princess Alexandra displaced her younger brother, Prince Sebastian. But unless you're the heir, you don't have any real change of succeeding, anyway. Sebastian doesn't really have a much better chance of inheriting the throne than the male-line descendants of Princess Sophie (1902-1941).
Only in the Netherlands have changes of succession law not had any retroactive consequences.
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