The birth of a new son to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is making history for Princess Charlotte, the couple's second child: Charlotte will become the first British Princess in history not required to step aside her position in the line of succession for her baby brother.
It's a BOY - 8lbs 7oz. Princess Charlotte makes history as the first royal girl to not have her position in line usurped by a younger born brother.— Victoria Arbiter (@victoriaarbiter) April 23, 2018
In 2013, the Succession of the Crown Act passed, which nullified the Act of Settlement of 1701 that claimed royal male heirs would always take a position before any sisters, regardless of age. That is no longer the case, so Princess Charlotte will remain fourth in line for the throne behind her grandfather, Prince Charles, her father William, and older brother George.
As for the new baby's position...
Some folks on Twitter were down for the new rules:
Yassssssssssss girl keep your position - I want a Queen Charlotte— The Void (@InVoidWeTrust) April 23, 2018
Although others wondered what took so long:
2015!? This law should have changed centuries ago. After Tudor half- sisters, Mary I & Elizabeth I had reigned England and Ireland.— 🌹Bolboreta Vermella_ Liz🐞 (@Orlog2verdandi) April 23, 2018
This is why I can’t stand monarchies. They are too old fashion and out of place in society. It’s the 21st century we shouldn’t be surprised at things like this happening.— Stephanie Daniels (@rn_stephany) April 23, 2018
But no matter where one comes down, congratulations to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge on the healthy delivery of their new child.
And congratulations to the history making Charlotte!
H/T: CTV News