Everyone is in jubilation of course at the birth of baby number 3 for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but eyes are on the couple’s second born, Princess Charlotte, because she just uncannily made history.
— HRHPrincessCharlotte (@HRHCharlotte_) January 8, 2018
The new prince will not skip ahead of his older sister in line for the British throne, as was customary. This breaks the more than 900 year old practice of only allowing male heirs to succeed the throne.
According to a Buzzfeed report, the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 ended the bias to male successors and made it all about the birth order, and in this case, since Prince William is second in line after his father, Prince Charles, then all of his heirs— whether boy or girl— become his immediate successors.
But it’s important to note too, that it only applies to royals born after October 28, 2011. Sorry, Princess Anne! (She’s Queen Elizabeth III’s second born, but is still behind younger brothers Prince Edward and Prince Andrew in the hierarchy of succession.
If you haven’t already figured it out, that means his eldest son Prince George becomes third in line to the throne, Princess Charlotte the fourth, and so on.
The new prince hasn’t been named yet as of press time, but slap ‘Prince’ at the start and ‘of Cambridge’ on there, and anything is sure to be a keeper.
But if you must know, apparently the names Arthur, James, Albert, Philip, Alexander, Henry, and Michael have all been floated around.
Welcome to the family. pic.twitter.com/nKSd5kh5bZ
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 23, 2018