Senior royal Princess Anne pushed down line of succession by Princess Eugenie’s baby

Royal titles: A look at the British line of succession

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Princess Anne, 70, is notorious for her unrelenting work ethic and provides vital support to Queen Elizabeth II, 94. The Princess Royal is known to carry out hundreds of engagements every year and rarely takes a break from royal duty. However, despite Anne’s senior royal status she is relatively low down the line of succession and has now been pushed down another place following the arrival of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal baby on Tuesday.

Unlike her aunt, Princess Eugenie is not a working member of the monarchy but is still a much-loved member of the Windsor Family.

While Eugenie does not carry out official royal duties she is a regular and family events and has accompanied the Queen at engagements in the past.

Princess Eugenie is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew, 60, – the Queen’s second son who despite being younger than Princess Anne overtook her in the line of succession because of an outdated law.

At the time of Prince Andrew and Prince Edward’s births male heirs to the throne took precedent over their sisters in the line of succession.

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This means that despite being the Queen and Philip’s second child, Anne comes after her younger brothers in line to the throne.

Prince Andrew is 8th in line to the throne and therefore his daughters Princess Beatrice, 32, and Eugenie are 9th and 10th place.

Princess Eugenie’s son automatically became 11th in line to the throne upon his birth, pushing several royal relatives one place down the line.

Prince Edward and Princess Anne’s royal status was affected by the birth of Eugenie’s first child.

While Prince Edward is now 12th in line to the throne Princess Anne has moved down to 15th place.

Anne’s children Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips have moved down to 16th and 19th place in line to the throne following the birth of Eugenie’s baby.

While Eugenie’s son is highly unlikely to become a working royal or to take an official title, there are some traditions they may be expected to stick by.

A royal christening is likely to take place in the coming months and Eugenie’s son will be expected to wear the traditional Honiton lace gown worn by all royal babies at the ceremony.


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As a non-senior royal Eugenie is less bound by protocol than other members of the monarchy.

The Queen’s granddaughter is an eager Instagram user and broke with royal tradition when she shared the first-ever snap of her baby on social media on Tuesday.

Eugenie’s sweet post featured a black and white photo of her newborn boy’s hand being held by each of his parents.

The post was accompanied by three blue heart emojis and sent fans into a frenzy.

One commented: “Ahhh welcome to the world little one!! Congratulations to the happy couple.

Another gushed: “Huge congratulations! Welcome to another baby boy in the family.”

While dozens of others reached out to say “congratulations.”

Eugenie and Jack are yet to announce their son’s name but are expected to do so in the coming days.

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