Tuesday 15 October 2019

Royal baby bumps Harry's uncle, the Duke of York, down a place in line of succession

Harry and Meghan. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool via REUTERS
Harry and Meghan. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool via REUTERS
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The new royal baby is immediately seventh in line to the British throne.

The first six places remain unchanged - the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and then Harry - with his baby son entering the line of succession below him.

But the youngest member of the Windsor family has now bumped Harry's uncle, the Duke of York, from seventh place down into eighth.

Andrew was once the spare to the heir, and was second in line when he was born in 1960.

A man dressed as a town crier outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A man dressed as a town crier outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie move into ninth and 10th place, and the Earl of Wessex - the Queen's youngest son - drops out of the top 10 for the first time to 11th in line.

The Princess Royal, the Queen's only daughter, who is often dubbed the hardest working royal, is now 14th in line behind Edward's son and daughter.

Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he speaks to the media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he speaks to the media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
A man dressed as a town crier outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A man makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prince Harry walks up to the awaiting media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Tourists and members of the public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son.. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists and members of the public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists and members of the public gather at the gates of Buckingham Palace in London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Town crier, Tony Appleton poses as he announces the birth of a son for Britain's Prince Harry, and Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, outide of Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pedestrians walk past Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Pedestrians walk past Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. - Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth on Monday to a "very healthy" boy, (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
A television journalist (L) works as Royal wellwishers celebrate outside of near Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London on May 6, 2019, following the announcement that Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a son. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
A balloon depicting a baby carriage is seen outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Television crews at work outside the Long Walk, Windsor Castle, following the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A man dressed as a town crier outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire following the news of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he speaks to the media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS

The new royal baby will not in future require the monarch's permission to marry.

For hundreds of years, the Royal Marriages Act 1772 required descendants of George II to seek the sovereign's consent before they wed, otherwise their marriages were deemed invalid.

But this law was repealed through the Succession to the Crown Act.

It restricted the consent to just the first six people in the line of succession, but as the new baby is seventh in line, they will never need to seek a monarch's approval to wed.

A man makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

King George III, George II's grandson, had ordered the now repealed 1772 act after his younger brother the Duke of Cumberland secretly married Lady Anne Horton, deemed to be a highly disreputable widow of a commoner.

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