Even though the simple fact of being a member of the British Royal family is important, Princess Charlotte’s name is about to be recorded in the Royal history book.
Thanks to a recent change in the Royal law, she will be the first princess ever in the British Crown to retain her position in the line of succession regarding the gender of her upcoming sibling.
According to All Cute All the Time, the heads of government of 16 realms of the Commonwealth made a major change to the succession laws. After October 2011, the succession will be ruled by primogeniture and not by the gender of the children.
It means that Charlotte will still be fourth in line to the Crown even in her sibling is a boy, which is way different to how things had been handled before 2011.
Under the previous law, it was very hard for princesses to become Queens as any male child their parents welcome had priority over them, no matter their birth order.
The only reason Queen Elizabeth made it to the Throne when her father passed away in 1952 is that he didn’t welcome male children and Elizabeth was the oldest of two daughters.
After King George VI, Elizabeth was first in line and her sister, Princess Margaret, was second. As soon as Elizabeth welcomed Princes Charles and Princess Anne, Margaret was moved down two spots.
Anne, who was second in line behind Charles, was moved two spots down when her two brothers, Princes Andrew and Edward were welcomed. The positions kept moving down with the birth of Prince William and his children, and Prince Harry.
At the moment, the first in line is Charles, who is very likely to take the Throne when Elizabeth passes away. Behind him, there is William followed by Prince George, Charlotte, and the upcoming baby.
Even though the exact due date has not been revealed, it is known that Duchess Kate will welcome them in mid or late-April. All that is left to do is wait for it.