22 April 2013 - 18:20
Succession To The Crown Bill Will Change Line Of Succession


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The bill which will see, among other things, equal rights to succeed to the throne for women and will stop the system of succession called male preference cognatic primogeniture which basically means that females may only inherit the throne if they have no brothers and introduce absolute primogeniture which means the eldest child of the Sovereign inherits the throne.

However, this part of the new act will not affect the current immediate line of succession (that of those likely to inherit the throne) as it is only effective for those born after 28th October 2011.

The clause which allows Royals to marry Catholics and stay in the line of succession works also retrospectively. The first person to be affected by this will be the Earl of St Andrews, son on the Duke of Kent (who married a Catholic) who will be restored to the line of succession at 32nd.

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Prince Michael of Kent will be restored to 44th in line to the throne.

The 26th and 27th in line to the throne, currently Tāne Lewis and Senna Lewis respectively would have their places reversed because Tāne was born after 28 October 2011 and therefore loses his position of Male Preference over his older sister, meaning they simply swap places.

Here is the updated line of succession to the throne that will come into effect once the bill passes to become law. As is visible, the immediate line isn’t affected, and nor will it be – the bill was engineered to, quote, ‘not give members of the Royal Family unrealistic expectations of inheriting the throne’.

  1. The Prince of Wales (eldest son of The Queen)
  2. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (eldest son of The Prince of Wales)
  3. Prince Henry of Wales (second son of The Prince of Wales)
  4. The Duke of York (second son of The Queen)
  5. Princess Beatrice of York (eldest daughter of The Duke of York)
  6. Princess Eugenie of York (second daughter of The Duke of York)
  7. The Earl of Wessex (third son of The Queen)
  8. Viscount Severn (son of The Earl of Wessex)
  9. Lady Louise Windsor (daughter of The Earl of Wessex)
  10. The Princess Royal (only daughter of The Queen)
  11. Peter Phillips (only son of The Princess Royal)
  12. Savannah Phillips (elder daughter of Peter Phillips)
  13. Isla Phillips (second daughter of Peter Phillips)
  14. Zara Phillips (only daughter of The Princess Royal)
  15. Viscount Linley (nephew of The Queen; only son of the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon)
  16. The Hon Charles Armstrong-Jones (only son of Viscount Linley)
  17. The Hon Margarita Armstrong-Jones (only daughter of Viscount Linley)
  18. Lady Sarah Chatto (niece of The Queen; only daughter of the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon)
  19. Samuel Chatto (elder son of Lady Sarah Chatto)
  20. Arthur Chatto (second son of Lady Sarah Chatto)
  21. The Duke of Gloucester (first cousin of The Queen)
  22. Earl of Ulster (only son of The Duke of Gloucester)
  23. Baron Culloden (only son of Earl of Ulster)
  24. Lady Cosima Windsor (only daughter of Earl of Ulster)
  25. Lady Davina Lewis (elder daughter of The Duke of Gloucester)
  26. Senna Lewis (only child of Lady Davina Lewis)
  27. Tāne Lewis (child of Lady Davina Lewis)
  28. Lady Rose Gilman (second daughter of The Duke of Gloucester)
  29. Lyla Gilman (daughter of Lady Rose Gilman)
  30. Rufus Gilman (son of Lady Rose Gilman)
  31. The Duke of Kent (first cousin of The Queen)
  32. George, Earl of St Andrews (son of the Duke of Kent)
  33. Lady Amelia Windsor (younger granddaughter of The Duke of Kent)
  34. Albert Windsor (son of Lord Nicholas Windsor)
  35. Leopold Windsor (son of Lord Nicholas Windsor)
  36. Lady Helen Taylor (daughter of the Duke of Kent)
  37. Columbus Taylor (son of Lady Helen Taylor)
  38. Cassius Taylor (son of Lady Helen Taylor)
  39. Eloise Taylor (daughter of Lady Helen Taylor)
  40. Estella Taylor (daughter of Lady Helen Taylor)
  41. HRH Prince Michael of Kent (cousin of HM The Queen)
  42. Lord Frederick Windsor (son of Prince Michael of Kent)
  43. Lady Gabriella Windsor (daughter of Prince Michael of Kent)
  44. HRH Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy (cousin of HM The Queen)
  45. James Ogilvy (son of Princess Alexandra)
  46. Alexander Ogilvy (son of James Ogilvy)
  47. Flora Ogilvy (daughter of Alexander Ogilvy)
  48. Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Princess Alexandra)
  49. Christian Mowatt (son of Marina Ogilvy)
  50. Zenouska Mowatt (daughter of Marina Ogilvy)

photo credit: UK Parliament via photopin cc



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  • R.C.

    Zenouska Mowatt is the daughter of Marina Ogilvy, not her son.

    • Royal Central

      Typo. Now amended. Many thanks.

  • AW

    Will this not affect The Princess Royal’s and her children’s places on the line of succession?

    • Royal Central

      No, the change is only retrospective for those born after 28th October 2011.


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