At the moment, Princess Anne has a very small chance of becoming Queen, which was not always the case. At the time of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, Princess Anne was second in line to the throne. Prince Charles, the firstborn, became the heir apparent and Princess Anne was in second place, right behind her brother.
Could this be the reason Princess Anne is 14th in line to the throne?
Princess Anne comes behind not only her brothers in the line of succession, but also all of their children and grandchildren.
Prince Charles is first in line, followed by Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince Harry takes sixth place, followed by Prince Andrew and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.
The law towards the line of succession has changed, which is behind the reason why Princess Anne is so far behind.
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Princess Anne is currently 14th in line to the throne
Princess Anne is the Queen and Prince Philip’s only daughter
Under the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, princes no longer take precedence over their sisters – bringing an end to a system of male preference which had been in place since 1701.
The act being passed does not change Princess Anne’s position in the line of succession, however.
The act states that absolute primogeniture – where the oldest child ascends to the throne before his or her siblings regardless of gender – only applies to royals born after October 28, 2011.
That means Princess Charlotte will remain fourth in line regardless of whether or not her parents have another son.
Princess Charlotte will always retain her fourth spot in the line of succession
Princess Charlotte is the first royal princess to be born within the direct line of succession since Princess Anne’s birth in 1950.
She is likely to one day inherit the title ‘Princess Royal’, which is traditionally given to the ruling monarch’s oldest daughter.
For years, Prince Charles was Princess Anne’s only sibling, keeping her in second place for the succession to the throne.
When the Queen and Prince Philip had more children, however, Princess Anne started to fall further down the line.
Prince Andrew’s birth in 1960 meant that he inherited her spot, while Princess Anne got moved down to third place.
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The Queen is Britain’s longest reigning monarch
When will Britain have another Queen on the throne?
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, even taking over Queen Victoria.
Many people in existence today cannot remember a time where the Queen was not the acting monarch.
However, it is not likely that we will see another Queen for at least a few generations.
The Washington Post said at the time of Prince George’s birth: “If this newborn lives to be as old as Elizabeth III… then even if his first child is a daughter, it could be nearly a century before there is another British queen.”
The next three generations of heirs to the throne are all men, meaning Princess Anne and even Princess Charlotte are very unlikely to sit on the throne.
The Princess Royal recently sent an emotional message of support to midwives recently, praising the profession for their care and compassion during the outbreak.
Princess Anne said: “In previous years, there has always been the opportunity to celebrate your profession and fellowships together.
“This year, those plans have had to be put on hold. In many ways, though, despite not being able to come together, as a profession you have never been more united.
“You have supported each other as colleagues and as friends and, in these difficult times, you have shown great care and compassion.
“That will be what the women in your care will remember for years to come. Like so many frontline NHS staff, you have felt the impact of the current crisis on your everyday work, yet you continue to rise to the challenge, finding new ways of working and delivering services for your communities.”
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