On Tuesday, Lord Nicholas Windsor and his wife welcomed their third child, a son, into the world. The baby, who was given the name Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor, is the second cousin, twice removed of Her Majesty The Queen.
The baby’s grandfather, the Duke of Kent
Lord Nicholas is the youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and a first cousin, once removed of The Queen. In 2001, following in his mother’s footsteps, he converted to Catholicism. By doing so, he forfeited his right of succession to the British throne, in accordance with the Act of Settlement of 1701, which states that Roman Catholics are not allowed to ascend the throne.
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor also have two older sons; Albert Windsor, born in 2007, and Leopold Windsor, born in 2009. Both boys were baptised as Catholics and do not rank in line to the throne.
At the time of his birth, little Louis Windsor was placed 35th in line to the British throne. Like his brothers, it is possible that he will be baptised as a Catholic as well, thereby losing his position in the line of succession. However, he will remain sixth in line to the Kent Dukedom, which is currently held by his paternal grandfather.
Like the rest of his family, Louis has no royal title, and will not be expected to perform any royal duties. But, as a close blood relative of the Monarch, he will be invited to important family events, such as weddings, birthdays and the annual Sovereign’s Birthday Parade each June when he is older.
This is the 10th grandchild for the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
See the updated version of the line of succession to the throne here.
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