A New Royal Was Born, But It Was Princess Charlotte Who Made History

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge may only be two years old, but she made history when her family welcomed her baby brother on Monday. Because of a change in the laws determining succession, Charlotte is the first female royal whose place in line for the throne will not be bumped for a younger male.

According to the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, gender ceased to be a determining factor for all royals born after October 28, 2011.

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 law also strikes down the provision that disqualified royals from succession if they married a Roman Catholic.

The young princess met her new brother on Monday, alongside older brother Prince George and her father, Prince William.