How will the royal weddings and royal babies change the line to the British throne?
It is set to be a busy year for the royals as they celebrate two weddings and the arrival of two royal babies but how do they change the line to the British throne?
Princess Eugenie was the latest royal to announce her engagement as she prepares to marry Jack Brooksbank on October 12 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
She follows Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who will get marry at the same church on May 19 after they announced their engagement last year.
However that is not all the activity for the royal family this year, as both Kate Middleton and Zara Tindall are expecting children.
In October, Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter that the due date is in April 2018.
Zara Tindall revealed through a spokeswoman in January she was due her second child.
However the spokeswoman did not reveal when Tindall’s baby is due, but it means there will be at least two royal babies born this year.
So how does this change the line to royal succession?
As it currently stands before the weddings and arrival of babies, these are the first 10 royals in line for the British throne:
1. Prince of Wales (Prince Charles)
2. Duke of Cambridge (Prince William)
3. Prince George of Cambridge
4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
5. Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry)
6. Duke of York (Prince Andrew)
7. Princess Beatrice of York
8. Princess Eugenie of York
9. Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward)
10. Viscount Severn (James)
What effect will the royal weddings have on the line to the throne?
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is not in line for the throne, this is because royal weddings do not affect the line of succession as spouses are not descendants of Princess Sophia.
Therefore neither Meghan Markle, who is marrying Prince Harry or Jack Brooksbank, who is marrying Princess Eugenie will be in line to the throne.
However if Meghan and Prince Harry were to have any children they would feature in the line of succession, after Harry in the order of their births and ahead of Prince Andrew.
If Princess Eugenie and Jack were to have any children, they will be right after Princess Eugenie in line, in the order of their births, but ahead of Prince Edward.
What effect will the royal babies have on the line to the throne?
The arrival of the royal babies this year will have a more imminent effect on the line to the throne than any potential children from this year’s royal weddings.
William and Kate’s baby will be in line behind Prince George and Princess Charlotte, making him or her fifth. This will move everyone down one spot, so Prince Harry would become sixth in line.
Zara Tindall, who is 16th in line, and her husband Michael already have one child, Mia Grace who is 17th in line behind her mum.
After Kate’s third child is born in April, everyone will move down the line, so Zara’s second child will become 19th in line to the throne.
How does Royal succession work?
The Act of Settlement of 1701 stated that those in line to the throne must be protestant descendants of Princess Sophia.
A Roman Catholic was specifically excluded from succession to the throne.
However the Succession to the Crown Act (2013) amended this and decided those who marry Roman Catholics are no longer disqualified from the line.
It also changed the rule which gives preference to the first born heirs of a king or queen.
The Act states that for any royals born after October 28 2011 the succession will be decided by birth order, regardless of gender.
As Charlotte was born after this date, she will stay fourth in line even if younger brothers are born after her.
The oldest heir and his oldest male child – and their sons and daughters – still take priority in the Royal succession.
The Act ended the system of male primogeniture, under which a younger son can displace an elder daughter in the line of succession.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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