Princess Charlotte’s birth changed the line of succession in historic royal rule shake-up

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PRINCESS CHARLOTTE is five-years-old and has already changed the dynamics of the Royal Family in her lifetime. But what is the remarkable way Princess Charlotte changed the Royal Family?

Princess Charlotte is the middle child and only daughter of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William. At fourth in line to the throne, the young royal has an integral role in the Royal Family.

Charlotte’s full name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, so-called after two members of her family.

Elizabeth honours her great grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, while Diana honours Prince William’s late mother Princess Diana.

The young royal has had an eventful few months, starting school alongside older brother Prince George, then having to adjust to homeschooling during lockdown.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William – like many parents across the UK – took on the task of teaching their two eldest children at home.

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Princess Charlotte title: The remarkable way Princess Charlotte changed the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Charlotte title: George is third in line, Charlotte fourth and Louis fifth (Image: PA)

How did Princess Charlotte change the Royal Family?

The Royal Family is steeped in tradition and ancient rules, which have long dictated who can be granted titles or take on certain roles.

However, a recent rule change has changed the Royal Family’s line of succession.

The Perth Agreement was brought into place in October 2011 and replaced male-preference primogeniture.

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Princess Charlotte title: Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne (Image: GETTY)

Male-preference primogeniture meant males took precedence over females in the royal succession.

Due to the change to the Perth Agreement, Princess Charlotte became the first female royal not to drop down the line of succession upon the birth of a male sibling.

When Prince Louis was born on April 23, 2018 – and his birth was historic for the Royal Family.

Instead of taking his sister’s place as fourth in line to the throne as he would have with male-preference primogeniture, he took the fifth place in the line of succession.

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Princess Charlotte title: The family of five may stay in Norfolk this Christmas (Image: PA)

First in line of succession is Prince Charles, followed by Prince William in second and Prince George in third.

Should the Perth Agreement have been enacted earlier, Princess Anne would have maintained a status high up in the line of succession.

Instead, she is 14th in line to the throne, behind her younger brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The Royal Family face a tricky few weeks ahead as Christmas approaches.

Social distancing rules may stop the traditional celebrations at Sandringham which many if not all senior members usually attend.

If restrictions lift in time for Christmas, there may still be a limit on numbers who can attend a family event.

The Cambridge family already are a family of five, and so may choose to spend the Christmas period together in their Anmer Hall home.

How the Royal Family spend the festive period remains to be seen, with no news yet on the coronavirus restrictions at the time.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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