After the birth of the new royal baby boy earlier this morning, Princess Charlotte has officially assumed big sister status. Maybe the well known middle child syndrome won't take effect for this pint-sized princess, since Charlotte has even more grounds to celebrate the arrival of her younger brother after a recent act was passed that benefits female royal offspring. At two years old, this little lady will go down in the history books.
Despite Prince William and Kate Middleton having a baby boy (whose name still hasn't been announced), Charlotte's order in line to the throne won't change based on her gender. After the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 went into effect, birth order will actually take precedence over gender when it comes to determining the next monarch. The ruling states that any male members of the British royal family born after October 28, 2011 won't succeed their older sisters.
Prior to the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, Princess Charlotte would have to wait behind both her brothers to rule. This outdated legislation is evident with Queen Elizabeth's children. Even though Princess Anne is older than two of her brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, they both take precedence over her in line for the throne. Charlotte is actually the first princess to benefit from this new legislation, making today's excitement twofold—we have a new royal infant to fawn over, and Charlotte is making major #GirlPower moves.
The new royal baby is currently the fifth heir to the throne. After Queen Elizabeth's rule, Prince Charles will take over next as king, followed by Prince William, Prince George, and lucky little Charlotte. The new arrival to the family also means that Prince Harry gets demoted to sixth in line.
Kate and William kept their baby's gender a secret until his delivery this morning. Just like his two older siblings, royal baby number three was born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. While she's no rookie the third time around, Kate reportedly had a high-security birth plan in place for the little one's arrival. Kensington Palace announced via Twitter that both mother and child are doing well, so it seems as if everything went off without a hitch.
The royal baby's birth comes just weeks before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding. Elder siblings George and Charlotte will most likely serve as mini members of the bridal party, but you can bet on Kate Middleton taking a break from any wedding duties in order to take care of her newborn.
Who runs the United Kingdom? Maybe Princess Charlotte one day. Sorry, royal baby number three—you'll have to wait your turn.