Princess Charlotte has made royal history following the birth of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s new baby boy on Monday morning (UK time).
The two-year-old Princess sets a new, historic precedent, becoming the first female royal to keep her spot in line for the throne even after the birth of a younger male heir.
Traditionally, the birth of a male heir would have forced Prince Charlotte to relinquish her fourth position in line to the throne.
However, a 2013 change to the law means that for the first time in British history, a new prince will not supplant his older sister in the order of succession, regardless of sex.
“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),” the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 states.
Previously younger males would take precedence over older female siblings.
The royal baby will follow his grandfather, Prince Charles, his father, Prince William, and siblings Prince George and Princess Charlotte in line for the throne, while uncle Prince Harry gets bumped to the sixth spot in line.
— Press Association (@PA) April 23, 2018
As the royal family celebrates the birth of Duke and Duchess’ third child, Arthur, Albert and Philip are all thought to be in the running for the new royal baby’s name.
As is tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have not immediately announced the chosen name of their third child and second son.
They are likely to wait until they have informed the Queen and the rest of their family.
Arthur is one of Charles’s middle names, one of William’s middle names and was a middle name of the Queen’s father, George VI, and is the bookmakers’ favourite.
Once popular, the name fell out of fashion but has had a revival in recent years. Former prime minister David Cameron has a son called Arthur.
Albert, a name Queen Victoria used to insist on using as a middle name by her descendants, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert, has also been highly touted. Also fancied is Philip, seen as a lasting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh..
Both Charles and William also have Philip as a middle name.
Frederick, a name that would have a historical link to the first Duke of Cambridge, and Charles, in honour of the child’s grandfather, have also been deemed possible names for the newborn royal.