The Cenotaphs of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette at St. Denis
Because of its highly restrictive nature, few European nations utilized the Salic Law; the two primary examples were France and Savoy. Salic inheritance was also utilized in most if not all of the German states that formed the German Confederation in 1815 (with the exception of Austria). Certain nations, including Austria and Sweden, utilized what was called Semi-Salic inheritance, in which females could only succeed to a throne upon the extinction of all possible males. The United Kingdom would not be considered a Semi-Salic law monarchy because women may succeed to the British throne even if there are eligible males available, i.e. there were British princes eligible for the throne in 1952 when Queen Elizabeth II began her long reign. In the present age, with few European monarchies left, the Salic Law is a relic of the past; several European monarchies (Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden, for example) having eliminated male primogeniture altogether.