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Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, gave birth to a son yesterday morning at the Portland Hospital in central London. The royal baby, which has not yet been named, weighed 8lbs 1oz and is the first child of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, who married in October 2018. The new royal brood has changed the line of succession – and has seen Prince Edward, the Queen’s son, fall further down the lineage.
The baby boy has become 11th in line to the British throne, displacing the child’s great uncle, Prince Edward, 56.
Edward, who is the Queen’s youngest child, has moved from 11th to 12th place in the line of succession.
This is because the Queen’s older children, and their offspring, take precedence.
The Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, 72, is currently first in line to the throne, followed by his eldest son Prince William, 38.
Prince Edward has plunged down the line of succession
Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, gave birth to a son yesterday morning at the Portland Hospital
The Duke’s three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, two, then follow.
Prince Harry, 36, is sixth in line to the throne, followed by his 20-month-old son, Archie.
Prince Andrew, 60, as the Queen’s second eldest son, comes in eighth place, followed by his two children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The new royal baby now takes the 11th spot.
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Princess Eugenie shared the first image of the baby on Instagram
Princess Anne, 70, lies much further down the lineage, even though she is the Queen’s second eldest.
This is because up until 2013, the British line of succession was governed by the system of male primogeniture, whereby younger sons have precedence over their older sisters.
But in 2013 the Succession to the Crown Act was passed which ended the male preference.
The change in law applied to those born after October 28, 2011, and enabled Princess Charlotte, five, to become fourth in line to the throne, ahead of her younger brother Prince Louis.
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Prince Edward is now 12th in line to the throne
But as the amendment to the Succession Act only affected those born after October 2011, Princess Anne’s lineage remains unchanged.
Buckingham Palace announced the news of Princess Eugenie’s son yesterday and said in a statement: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present. The baby weighs 8lbs 1oz.
“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news.
“This is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s first child, The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York’s first grandchild, and the ninth great-grandchild for The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”
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The Princess shared the first image of the youngster on her Instagram account, which featured just the baby’s tiny fingers.
Even though his mother is a princess, the royal baby will not be an HRH nor hold a title, unless the Queen decides otherwise.
This is because he was born down the female line of the Royal Family.