Royal baby news: How will Kate and William’s third child fit in to family tree?
KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, is due to give birth to her third child with Prince William any time this month – but where will the royal baby fit into the family tree?
The new royal baby is the fifth line in the throne behind sister Princess Charlotte, big brother Prince George, father Prince William and grandfather, Prince Charles.
The newborn Prince or Princess of Cambridge will also change the royal family tree once again, with he or she making it much less likely to see Prince Harry crowned King.
The royal baby’s great-grandmother, the Queen, was a child to a royal “spare” George V and it was unlikely she would ever reign.
But her uncle Edward VIII’s abdication changed the course of history when he stepped down from the throne to marry the woman he loved, pushing his brother – Elizabeth’s father King George V – into the spotlight, which eventually led her to become the Queen.
And on her 21st birthday, Elizabeth II, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, pledged to serve the country for her lifetime.
And although Charles’s whole life has been a preparation for kingship, it is believed the Queen will want succession to occur naturally.
The royal baby’s grandfather Prince Charles will be the next king of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms.
The 69-year-old already holds the record for the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having been in the position since 1952.
The royal baby is the fifth line in the throne behind sister Princess Charlotte, big brother Prince George, father William and grandfather, Prince Charles
He will be the oldest person to be crowned in British history if he takes to the throne when his mother dies.
Meanwhile, on Kate’s side of the family the Middleton’s come from more humble beginnings.
The duchess’ father Michael was brought up in Leeds and worked as an air steward for British Airways.
His father Peter Francis Middleton was a pilot, and his late grandfather Noel Middleton a solicitor.
Meanwhile, Kate’s great-great grandmother, Olive Middleton, was a member of the Lupton family who were wool manufactures.
The royal baby’s grandmother Carole Middleton is a former flight attendant turned businesswoman, owning her own successful party business Party Pieces.
Brought up in Southall, west London, the 63-year-old is the daughter of builder Ronald Goldsmith and Dorothy Harrison, a sales assistant at Dorothy Perkins.
At the age of 18, Dorothy left home to marry Ronald and the couple went on to have two children, Carole and her younger brother, Gary.
It was Dorothy who is said to have built the foundations of a better future for her family.
She persuaded Ronald to take advantage of the property boom in order for the family to cement their social status.
Dorothy is said to have been delighted when her daughter Carole met and married Michael, who was from a more affluent and educated family than her own.
Carole’s great-great maternal grandmother Jane Liddle was a great-great granddaughter of Sir Thomas Blakiston Conyers 9th Bt, himself a descendent of King Edward VI.
Carole’s maternal great-grandfather was a Durham coal miner, John Harrison and paternal great-great grandfather was John Goldsmith, a brick maker and labourer from London’s Hoxton.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK