British Royalty and The New Line of Succession

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Beautiful Buckingham Palace! Photo by Dilliff

Succession to the British throne has always been determined by descent and legitimacy. Traditionally the opportunity to inherit the British throne would only be available to the firstborn son of the king and queen. But as of 28 October 2011 that rule no longer holds face thanks to the Perth Agreement. From that day onwards the British line of succession wouldn’t take precedence over females in the line of succession. With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcoming a new child into the world, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the British nation is welcoming a new line of succession.

Charles, Prince of Wales

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The Prince of Wales! Photo by: Maximus0970

First up regarding the new line of succession is Charles Prince of Wales. Being Queen Elizabeth II’s eldest son and heir apparent, the Prince of Wales is first in line to inherit the throne.

Charles, Prince of Wales is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the position since 1952. He is also the oldest person to be next-in-line to the throne since Sophia of Hanover.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

When Charles, Prince of Wales, married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 the royal couple had two sons. The first is Prince William (the current Duke of Cambridge) and the second is Prince Harry. Being the firstborn son, Prince William is second in the new line of succession to inherit the throne.

On 29 April 2011 Prince William married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abby. Together the couple changed the line of succession. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge added in another prince and princess to inherit the throne before Prince Harry.

Prince George of Cambridge

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The little prince, so cute! Photo by: 2 TOP

Born on 22 July 2013 Prince George is the oldest child and only son (so far anyways) of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Being the first born child to Prince William, this makes Prince George next in line to succeed his great-grandmother; after his grand-father and father.

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

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The royal princess!

Thanks to the 28 October 2011 on the birthday of the Perth Agreement, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge has a claim to the throne of England. Being the younger of two children to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in the new line of succession Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to inherit the throne.