Could Princess Charlotte Become Queen? Here’s What We Know
We already know that Kate Middleton (probably) will eventually become queen, but what about her children? Could Princess Charlotte become queen in particular (of course, in the very distant future)?
Although the answer is yes, there are several factors that could prevent this from happening, even though Charlotte is fourth in the British successor line. The biggest obstacle is her brother, Prince George, who is in third place.
In order for Princess Charlotte to become queen, he had to abdicate the throne. Since Prince William has been training Prince George pretty much since birth, this is highly unlikely. Not to mention that Prince George's future children (if he had any) will precede Princess Charlotte in the order of their successors.
This means that Prince George would not only have to step down, but also would not have children if Char wanted to try to become queen. (This is reminiscent of Prince Harry's situation when he was queued when Prince William became a father.)
If Prince George decides (for some reason) that the royal house isn't for him, Princess Charlotte is currently the next. This might surprise some royal lovers, as their little brother, Prince Louis, should have followed her in royal succession. However, thanks to the repeal of a dusty old rule called the Act of Settlement from 1701, Char's claim to the British throne is completely certain.
Confused? OK, let's start from scratch. An old royal rule said that boys born into a royal family could jump ahead of their sisters in order of succession because of sexism, you know. This decree directly affected the second-born Queen Elizabeth II, her only daughter, Princess Anne. At the time of her birth, Anne was the third on the throne after her mother and older brother Prince Charles. However, when Anne's brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were born, she was pushed to fifth place on the throne. So not cool.
Fortunately, in April 2013, someone proposed to succeed the Crown Act to put the Kibosh on the outdated paradigm, and it was legally mandated in March 2015, just two months before Charlotte's birth. Now Princess Char and all royal girls born after October 28, 2011 will maintain their right to the throne regardless of little brothers. Wondering why the date was set? We also. Anyway, phew.
This concludes your royal lesson for the day. Class fired.
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