Princess Eugenie has confirmed the birth of her and husband Jack Brooksbank’s first child after uploading the first photo of the baby to Instagram.
The royal revealed she was pregnant in September with a due date set for early 2021. She delivered the child on 9th February before sharing a black and white image of both her and her husband’s hands holding the hand of the newborn.
Buckingham Palace has already released a statement revealing its joy at the news, stating: "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie was safely delivered of a son today, 9th February 2021, at 0855hrs at The Portland Hospital. Jack Brooksbank was present.
"The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank have been informed and are delighted with the news."
Often, when a new royal baby is born, the line of succession to the throne can be altered.
Where does Princess Eugenie’s new baby fall in line to the throne?
Princess Eugenie is currently 10th in line. She sits behind Prince Charles, the Queen’s eldest son, who is followed by his eldest Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his three children.
After Prince Louis, the youngest of William and Kate’s three children, comes Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, succeeded by his son Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.
Prince Andrew, Eugenie’s father, is eighth in line to the throne before his eldest daughter Princess Beatrice in ninth and Eugenie in 10th.
Kate Middleton’s strict rule all staff must follow which is included in job descriptions
This means Princess Eugenie’s newborn son, whose name is yet to be made public, falls 11th in line to the throne. This has had some effect on the entire line of succession, as the birth of Eugenie’s son means Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, moves one place down into 12th.
His children – James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor – are now 13th and 14th, while the Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, moves down into 15th.
What does the recent law change surrounding succession to the throne mean?
The Succession to the Crown Act came into effect as of 2013. The act altered the rules surrounding gender in relation to the line of succession. Previously, if a royal male had been born with an older sister, the boy could overtake his sister in the line of succession even though she was older.
This rule of male primogeniture no longer applies for any royal baby born after 28 October 2011.
This means that Princess Charlotte is ahead of her brother Prince Louis.
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