How did Princess Charlotte make history when the Royal baby arrived and what are the rules for succession to the throne?

The two-year-old made history when her brother entered the world, thanks to the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013.

Why did Princess Charlotte make history?

Princess Charlotte became the first female royal to retain her claim to the throne, despite the royal baby being a boy.

Before the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 a son would leap over an older daughter in the line of succession.

Therefore Princess Anne, despite being the Queen's second child, was in the line of succession beneath her younger brothers Andrew and Edward.

Princess Charlotte is the first royal not ruled out by gender.

The new baby will be the fifth-in-line to the throne

What are the rules of succession to the throne?

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 means that a female royal’s claim to the throne is no longer diminished by the arrival of a younger brother.

It 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 person’s descendants, precedence over any other person (whenever born).”

Interestingly, as a result of the Act, had five-year-old Prince George been a girl, he still would have been next in line to the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles and dad Prince William – even if any younger siblings were boys.

Previously, the 1701 succession act stated that brothers would always come before their sisters when it came to who was first in line to the throne.

Last month we told how Prince Charles fuelled rumours that his wife Camilla Barker Bowles might become queen, after a statement saying she will become "Princess Consort" was removed from his website.

Meanwhile the Queen has more faith in Princes William and Harry than she does in son Charles, according to Andrew Morton’s book.

When did Kate give birth?

Kate Middleton gave birth to her son on April 23, 2018.

Her husband Prince William was at her side.

The boy weighed 8lb, 7oz and is a brother for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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