This Loophole Could Have Led to Princess Anne Being Queen
It’s pretty safe to say that Queen Elizabeth II is beloved around the world. She has become a beacon of style and grace that people have been able to look up to for generations. But, unfortunately, even the Queen can’t retain her position forever. Eventually, someone will have to ascend and take her place.
Right now, first in line for the crown is her oldest son, Prince Charles. But the rest of the order is where things get blurry. There is one person in the Queen’s family who’s position in the order of succession hasn’t always been clear and that’s Princess Anne.
The Queen’s children
Though Prince Charles is in the news most often as he is the one closest in line for the crown, the Queen actually has three other children. She and Prince Philip had Charles in 1948. Almost two years after Charles was born, the Queen gave birth to her first and only daughter, Princess Anne in 1950. Ten years later, the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew was born, and then in 1964, the monarch’s youngest child, Prince Edward was born.
The old order of succession
For centuries, males took precedence when it came to the order of succession. So though Princess Anne was second in line for the throne when she was born, as soon as her brother Andrew came into the world, he bumped her down to the third position, and then when Edward was born, she lost her position once again. This rule effectively meant that in most cases where a woman had a brother, she would likely never become the ruler.
The rule that changed it all
In 2013, everything changed for royal women in line for the crown. The Succession to the Throne Act 2013 changed a few things about the monarchy but one of the biggest amendments was that males would no longer take precedence over female heirs. This meant that Princess Anne could ascend to her rightful place behind her brother Charles in the line of succession.
Unfortunately for Anne, the line of succession continues down the bloodline of the firstborn before going to the second born child. And by that time, her brother Charles had already had Prince William and Prince Harry. And Prince William had Prince George that same year. So even with the change in the rule, Anne remained relatively far away from the crown.
Had this rule changed earlier, Anne might have had a better chance.
What does this rule mean now?
Though this change in rules didn’t do all that much for the Princess Royal, it definitely is beneficial to all the female royals born after 2013. For instance, Prince William’s second-born child, Princess Charlotte, retained her place as fourth in line for the crown, even when her younger brother, Prince George, was born last year.
The likelihood of Charlotte becoming the monarch is still quite slim though. Something traumatic would have to happen to make her bypass the three people in front of her to take the crown. But it’s still nice to know that the women in the royal family have now been given the proper respect that they deserve.