Princess Charlotte fends off new baby brother, makes royal history in total girl-power move

April 23 may belong to the new royal baby, but there’s a bound to be a spring in his big sister’s step too.

That’s because Princess Charlotte, at the grand age of 2, has made history by being the first British royal princess to not lose her place in the line of succession upon the birth of a younger male sibling.

Princess Charlotte won’t lose her place in line. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Charlotte won’t lose her place in line. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Traditionally, a female royal would be bypassed by a younger brother, which is why Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and their respective children are closer to the throne than Princess Anne, who is older.

But with the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, male royals born on or after Oct. 28, 2011, no longer take precedence over their older sisters. It’s a modern adjustment that has already been put into practice, as two of the Duke of Gloucester’s young grandsons trail their big sisters.

Prince William and Prince George are second and third in line to the throne, respectively. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William and Prince George are second and third in line to the throne, respectively. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Princess Charlotte, however, is the first princess to make the power play. She remains fourth in the line of succession, after grandfather Prince Charles, father Prince William, and older brother Prince George. The new baby, born at St. Mary’s in London Monday morning, will be fifth in line, knocking Prince Harry down a level.

Will the toddler — who turns 3 in May — ever become queen? Well … at 69, Prince Charles is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in royal history. If subsequent reigns follow Queen Elizabeth II’s record-breaking 66-year lead, or if Prince George fathers any children, her shot at the throne may be unlikely.

Still, one can never underestimate the appeal of bragging rights over a baby brother — or plain ol’ girl power.




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