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Archie Bumps Uncle Andrew
News Bytes 05/15/2019 15 Comments

Last week, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, welcomed their first child. Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. The baby alters the line of succession for Britain’s throne. This is not the first time the royal lineage has been changed—nor will it be the last.

The line to the throne is like a fluid game of leap frog. New births alter positions, as did the 300-year-old rule that Queen Elizabeth II changed in 2012. Before then, a boy would always leap ahead of a girl in line. The Queen deemed there should be no gender preference with regard to succession. Prince William’s daughter Princess Charlotte exemplifies the rule change. She is the first girl in line ahead of a younger brother.

Currently, 21 people are queued up for the throne. The son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, has been the first in line of succession since he was three years old.

Next is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. He is Prince Charles’ elder child. Following Prince William is his own firstborn, Prince George of Cambridge. (Often second- and third-born children move back in the line of succession.) Prince George is followed by his sister Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. William’s third child, Prince Louis of Cambridge, is fifth in line. His birth bumped his uncle Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (Prince Charles’ second son), to the sixth position in the royal line. Position number seven belongs to Master Archie. Royal children follow their parents in succession to the throne. That is why Prince Louis leaped ahead of his uncle Prince Harry, and why Master Archie follows directly behind his father, Prince Harry.

Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second oldest son, now follows Master Archie in succession. He was seventh until Archie came on the scene. So now he takes eighth place, although at birth he was second. Prince Andrew’s daughters, his brother Prince Edward, and their respective children continue the line of succession. Whew!

Twenty-first in line is the Queen’s nephew, David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley. He completes the direct descendent line to the British throne—at least for now.

The birth of the Queen’s newest great-grandchild immediately impacted the royal lineup. The fact that the baby was a boy didn’t make the difference that it would have seven years ago. Back then, Master Archie would have leaped above his cousin Princess Charlotte on the list. For now, her position is secure, and so is his.

Britain’s line of succession to the throne is ordered intricately and purposefully. So was Jesus’ lineage, outlined in the New Testament. See Matthew 1:1-17.

(Queen Elizabeth II admires her newest great-grandchild, Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, while Prince Philip, left, Prince Harry, center, and Doria Ragland—Archie’s maternal grandmother—also look on. Photo: SussexRoyal via AP)   

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Molly

Wow! that’s interesting!
(1st comment!!!!!)

Wow! : )

Wow! it would be hard for me to keep track of all of that!! I might get a little mad if I were 6 in line to the throne and suddenly my Aunt has a new baby then oops down to the back of the line I go! Wow! I don't quite understand this but all I know is That baby will shurely be a blessing!

Third Comment!!

Cool

I don't think I would like it

I don't think I would like it to be born second in line and then become eighth.

Confusing

Oh, wow! Reading the fourth and fifth paragraphs had me totally confused!

Garrett v

cool

wow

WOW!! thats very interesting Im sure that Prince Andrew was Kinda upset about that.......

Oh, the picture is so sweet!!

Oh, the picture is so sweet!! And I, for one, would think it unfair to be way older than a royal baby and still be behind him/her in the line for the throne. But, I'm not a royal OR British, so I'll most likely never have to worry about any of that :-)

that is very interesting to

that is very interesting to know and that's kind of weird how that works ?

A.R.

Wow, this is cool, I'm glad they explained this since I have kind of wondered how it worked.

Clinton.V

wonder if the royal baby has royal blizzards from DQ. hahah

Really Confusing

confusing, but i wish they had a picture of the baby's face, that would be really cute!!!

To Above

I am hopeing for that!!

Royal Baby

Wow. Some of that stuff was confusing. I just want to see the babies face.

To Above

me to!

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