Princess Charlotte has just made history

Sarah Carty

She may only be two-years-old, but Princess Charlotte has just made history in the royal family after her mum Kate Middleton, gave birth to her third child.

The new royal prince was welcomed into the world at 11AM Monday (London time), and for the first time in the history, this won’t impact the line of succession.

His Royal Highness, the new Prince of Cambridge, will be fifth in line to the throne - after Charlotte and before Prince Harry - thanks to Queen Elizabeth who shook up the royal family laws just before Princess Charlotte was born in 2012.

Princess Charlotte has just made history in the royal family. Photo: Getty Images

Under the new laws, gender plays no part in the line of succession to the throne, while previously, male heirs would leapfrog their female counterparts, meaning Charlotte would have been fifth in line and the new baby fourth.

"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 new Succession to the Crown Act reads.

Before the act was put into place, the royal family abided by the rules of the Act of Settlement of 1701, which is the law that saw Princess Anne lose her place in the line of succession to her younger brothers Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

The two-year-old is currently fourth in line to the throne after her brother, Prince George, her father, Prince William and her grandfather, Prince Charles. Photo: Getty Images
Princess Charlotte's mother, Kate Middleton, has given birth to the third royal baby. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne after her brother, Prince George, her father, Prince William and her grandfather, Prince Charles.

Due to the fact that the new baby has two siblings ahead of him in the line of succession, it makes it highly unlikely that he will ever be king.

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