Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their third child, a baby boy, on Monday morning. As soon as the baby was revealed to be a boy, his older sister Princess Charlotte made history in an amazing way!
Immediately after the birth of Charlotte’s older brother, Prince George, the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 was passed. This legislation made it so that in the British royal family, a person’s birth order, regardless of gender, will determine their rank in line of succession. Prior to this act being passed, girls in the British royal family would fall behind their younger brothers in the line of succession. The only reason why this did not happen to Queen Elizabeth II was because her father, King George VI, did not have any sons.
Since William’s first child was a boy, this act has not come into play yet, until now. With the birth of Charlotte’s younger brother, she is the first woman in British history to not be bumped in the line of succession by the arrival of a male heir. Charlotte is still fourth in line for the throne, and her little brother is fifth!
She may only be two years-old, but Charlotte has already made history!
We’re glad to see that the British monarchy has done away with the dated rules of bumping girls in the line of succession when a male is born. As we’ve seen during the 66 years that Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne, women are just as good if not better than men at being a monarch!
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