Royal Baby Just Changed the Succession to the British Throne

The new Royal Baby has already made history already just shortly after his birth. The new addition to the Royal Family was born in Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is the first newborn in the Royal Family that is affected by the lines of succession to the throne.

The Succession to the Crown Act  

In 2013 The Succession to the Crown Act was introduced however only went into effect in 2015. The amended rules surrounding succession to the throne are no longer dependent on gender. The old-fashioned system of male preference (where princes took precedence over princesses) has come to an end. Males born after October 28, 2011 cannot overtake their older sisters in line to the throne, according to the new law.
What this means is that 2-year-old Princess Charlotte’s position as fourth in line to the throne remains unchanged after the birth of her new little brother.

Prince Harry

The birth of the new Royal Baby has affected Prince Harry’s position. Previously, Prince Harry was fifth in line to the throne. He was right behind Charlotte in succession. His new nephew however has moved him along to sixth place.

Marrying Catholics

Royal Family members are now also allowed to marry Roman Catholics and still become king or queen according to the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act. Lucky for Prince Harry that his bride-to-be, American actress Meghan Markle, was raised as a Roman Catholic

Next Royal Wedding 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s very anticipated wedding is planned for May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Following the ceremony there will be a procession through Windsor. The evening reception is set to take place in the Castle Apartments.

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