Royal line of succession changes if late Queen had 'changed law' earlier on

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, Page of Honour, Prince George of Wales, Page of Honour Nicholas Barclay, Page of Honour Ralph Tollemache, King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on May 06, 2023 in London, England.
The late Queen gave royal assent to a new law which changed the trajectory of the British Royal Family forever -Credit:Brandon Bell/Getty Images

If the late Queen had 'changed law' for Princess Anne instead of Charlotte, there would be a new line of succession.

The late Queen dramatically altered the future of the monarchy just two years before Princess Charlotte was born in 2015.

Princess Charlotte, who celebrated her ninth birthday on Thursday, May 2, made history when her younger brother Prince Louis was born in April 2018 - as she became the first female member of the Royal Family to retain her place in the Line of Succession above a younger brother.

This was due to the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which replaced the system of male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture for Royal children born after October 28, 2011 - effectively ending the practice of elder daughters being leapfrogged by younger sons in the pecking order.

The Act came into effect on March 26, 2015 after Queen Elizabeth gave it the seal of Royal assent - four years after Commonwealth nations unanimously approved the changes following Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding and, crucially, just 41 days before Princess Charlotte was born.

Had the concept of "male primogeniture" been eradicated a few decades earlier prior to Princess Anne's birth, the trajectory - and future - of the Firm could have been drastically different. The present Princess Royal would have maintained her position behind elder brother King Charles at his birth, rather than dropping down the order when Prince Andrew and Prince Edward were born.

This would instigate a multitude of other variations.

The Express explored how dissimilar the Line of Succession may be if Queen Elizabeth sanctioned the pivotal legislation much earlier - before the arrival of her second offspring and sole daughter, Princess Anne - who is persistently crowned as the most hardworking member of the family.

What the royal line of succession could look like if the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 had been introduced earlier

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attends the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey on May 6, 2023 in London, England.
The Act came into force on March 26, 2015 after Queen Elizabeth gave it the seal of royal assent -Credit:Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images
  1. William, Prince of Wales

  2. Prince George

  3. Princess Charlotte

  4. Prince Louis

  5. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

  6. Prince Archie

  7. Princess Lilibet

  8. Princess Anne, Princess Royal

  9. Peter Phillips, Princess Anne's eldest child

  10. Savannah Phillips

  11. Isla Elizabeth Phillips

  12. Zara Tindall

  13. Mia Tindall

  14. Lena Tindall

  15. Lucas Tindall

  16. Prince Andrew

  17. Princess Beatrice

  18. Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Beatrice's child

  19. Princess Eugenie

  20. Prince Edward

  21. Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward's daughter

  22. James, Earl of Wessex

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