How Princess Eugenie’s second child will mean Princess Anne has to give up new place in the Royal Family

Princess Eugenie's second child is due in summer 2023 and the Princess Royal will lose a special place when the royal baby is born

Princess Eugenie's second child will impact Princess Anne. Seen here are Princesses Eugenie and Anne at different occasions
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The birth of Princess Eugenie’s second child will mean Princess Anne has to give up a newly-acquired place in the Royal Family.  


After what has been a challenging few weeks for the Royal Family following allegations made in Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, wonderful news was announced on January 24 when it was confirmed that Princess Eugenie is pregnant with her second child. The King’s niece and her husband Jack Brooksbank are already proud parents to their son August who will turn two in February. The new royal baby will be the thirteenth of the late Queen’s great-grandchildren and is due in summer 2023. 

Though whilst the royals are likely already eager to welcome Princess Eugenie’s second child, their birth will also signal a huge change for their great-aunt Princess Anne. So much so that she’ll have to give up a new place she’s been occupying in the Royal Family.

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The Princess Royal might be the second of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s children, but her younger brothers and all of their children and grandchildren are ahead of her in the royal line of succession. After being born 2nd in line, Princess Anne is now just 16th in line to the throne following the accession of King Charles.

Prior to him becoming monarch, she was 17th in line and this place will be resumed after Princess Eugenie’s second child is born. Princess Eugenie and her son August will keep their current positions as 11th and 12th in line, whilst the new baby will be 13th, just pushing every royal below August down one place.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal walks behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II

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This doesn’t only include Princess Anne and her children and grandchildren, but Prince Edward and his children too. Though both Princess Anne’s current and soon-to-be place in the line of succession might come as a surprise to many given that she’s been found to be the most hard working royal in recent years and takes such a prominent role in royal life.

And whilst the King’s sister will soon lose her place as 16th in line when Princess Eugenie’s second child arrives, she will retain an incredible honor requested for her by the monarch last year. Princess Anne’s prestigious role as Counselor of State was something she once held during Queen Elizabeth’s early reign and has been restored to her by King Charles.  

King Charles III and Princess Anne, Princess Royal attend the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II

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He requested and later gave his Royal Assent to a bill which made Princess Anne and Prince Edward Counselors of State who have the authority to carry out the majority of the Sovereign’s duties if they’re temporarily unable to, for example due to being abroad or illness. 

Typically it’s the monarch’s spouse and the four highest in the line of succession (as long as they’re over 21) who have this position. So the decision to give Princess Anne and Prince Edward this honor shows just how much respect and trust King Charles has in them.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.