She’s the Queen’s eldest daughter and has continuously proved herself to be one of the hardest working members of the royal family, so why is Princess Anne fifteenth in line to the throne?
- Princess Anne is currently fifteenth in line to the throne following the birth of Princess Eugenie’s son.
- The Princess Royal has been penalized due to her gender in the past.
- It follows royal news, Princess Margaret's beautiful words about her sister, The Queen, revealed in a previously unpublished interview.
Princess Anne has gone from second to fifteenth in line of succession to the British Throne, despite being the Queen’s eldest daughter and second-born child.
The Princess Royal is often referred to as one of the hardest-working royals, and was even crowned that back in 2020 - after undertaking a whopping 148 official engagements.
Yet she’s behind 14 other members of the royal family when it comes to ascending the throne. So why is Princess Anne so low in the line of succession to the British Throne?
Why is Princess Anne so low in the line of succession to the British Throne?
Princess Anne was born in 1950, during a time when being female meant being leap-frogged by men in the line of succession.
This meant that although Princess Anne was born second in line to the throne after her elder brother, Prince Charles, she was soon overtaken by her younger brother, Prince Andrew - who decided to step back from duties last year.
And The Princess Royal has continued to slip down the line of succession as Prince Charles and Prince Andrew have gone on to have their own children.
Prince Charles’ eldest son, Prince William, is now second in line to the throne, with his children—Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis—all third, fourth and fifth in line respectively.
The Prince of Wales's youngest son, Prince Harry, is sixth in line - despite having recently quit royal life. And the son he shares with Meghan Markle, Archie, is seventh. The birth of their second child will change the line of succession again.
Prince Andrew is in the eighth position, while the two daughters he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie are ninth and tenth respectively.
Princess Eugenie’s newborn son, August, is eleventh, followed by Princess Anne’s youngest brother, Prince Edward, at twelfth.
Prince Edward’s two children, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Winsdor could all take to the throne before Princess Anne—currently sitting at fifteenth in line to the British throne.
The old succession laws meant that the heir to the throne was always the first-born son of the monarch.
Only when there were no sons, as in the case of the Queen's father George VI, did the crown pass to the eldest daughter.
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The Succession to the Crown Act 2013
The Queen has since changed the law to ensure sons and daughters of the monarch now have an equal right to the throne.
This change was made before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—who currently live at Kensington Palace—had their first child, and meant that if it had been a girl - she would have been our future Queen, no matter her gender.
The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 is the reason Princess Charlotte has held her place in the line of succession to the British throne, despite having a younger brother, Prince Louis.
Many people saw this as a welcome change as the previous laws were over 300 years old and were said to be “at odds” with our modern country.
On the change, then-Prime Minister David Cameron said, “The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic - this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we have become."
Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."
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