Princess Charlotte Makes History After the Birth of Her Baby Brother
Now, this is what we call progress! The whole Royal Family succession thing is kind of weird and the rules are a bit hard to follow. As it stands now, Prince Charles is first in line for the throne when Queen Elizabeth passes the proverbial baton. After Charles, Prince William is up. Then his now three kids fall in line: George, Charlotte, and the newest royal baby who made his debut this morning. Poor Prince Harry just got bumped down to SIXTH in line, ha! Now, Princess Charlotte is the only female in the line for the throne. Up until about five years ago, a little brother would have taken her spot in line. But little Charlotte is making history, and won’t have to relinquish her position in line for the throne. Get it, Charlotte!
Princess Charlotte became a big sister this morning, with the birth of the 3rd royal baby, a boy. But if that kid thinks he’s going to cut in line for the throne, he’s got another thing coming.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs.
The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018
Before the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, Princess Charlotte would have relinquished her place in line for the throne with the birth of another male heir. So instead of being 4th in line after her grandfather, father, and older brother George, she would have dropped to 5th. All because she’s a girl! But the times, they are a-changin’!
The rules were changed in 2013, making the gender of the person in line for the throne irrelevant.
The Succession Act states, “In determining the succession to the Crown, the gender of a person born after 28 October 2011 does not give that person, or that personâ€™s descendants, precedence over any other person (whenever born).” So little brother will take his place in line BEHIND Charlotte.
See, that’s the face of a little girl who’s about to meet her new little brother and probably rub it in his face that she’s still Top Royal Daughter. Congrats, family!
Princess Kate steps out with Prince William and the newest addition to the royal family. The couple welcomed a baby boy this morning: https://abcn.ws/2Hos9zq
Posted by ABC News on Monday, April 23, 2018
We can’t wait to meet the new little (5th in line) guy!
(Image: Instagram / @kensingtonroyal)