The Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, 56, is currently 11th to the British throne. Edward, who holds the title Earl of Wessex, has two children with Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12. His daughter is 13th, while James is currently 12th.
The princess posted a photo of two tiny furry slippers on her Instagram, writing: “Jack and I are so excited for the start of 2021.”
A message from the Buckingham Palace account on Twitter confirmed the news and added that the Queen and Prince Philip were “delighted”.
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However, the law changed on March 26, 2015, so that at present the inheritance is only decided by age: older children come before younger ones.
Also, when a person aligned to the throne has a child, that child comes after him and her older children, but before anyone else in the line of succession.
This is why Prince Edward’s place in the line of succession has dropped several times over the years.
Prince William, who is the son of the heir to the throne and Edward’s older brother Prince Charles, had three children with his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
When Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, were born, Edward, along with other lower-ranking members of the royal family, moved down the line of succession.
The same happened when William’s younger brother Prince Harry had his son Archie Harrison with his wife Meghan Markle in May 2019.
Princess Eugenie also urged Edward to drop the line when he was born.
Eugenie’s child, whose gender has not been revealed, will not hold a title or receive HRH (His Royal Highness) status unless the Queen intervenes.