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Prince Harry’s Daughter Added To The Line Of Succession Of The Royal Family

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Buckingham Palace updated its line of succession to include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child on Monday, almost two months after her birth.

Lilibet  Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Behind her older brother, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Lilibet is eighth in line to the throne.

Her birth shifts the line of succession, according to Buckingham Palace, moving Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, into ninth in line.

Lilibet Diana, has been officially added to the royal line of succession — seven weeks after her birth at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.

Mom Meghan doesn’t appear on the list as she is not royal by birth — nor does Kate Middleton or other royal spouses such as Mike Tindall and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York.

The legal basis for the line of succession dates to the 17th century and the reign of William III (otherwise known as William of Orange). It was most recently amended in 2013 to end the system of male primogeniture, which automatically placed male heirs above their sisters in the line of succession.

At the same time, the amendments also removed a historic rule that a royal could not keep their position on the list if they married a Roman Catholic. The changes came into force in March 2015.

Now Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis hold places three to five on the list, behind their father and their grandfather, Prince Charles, who is first in line and heir apparent to the British throne.

Charles, 72, also holds the record for being the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the position since the then Princess Elizabeth acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952. The Prince of Wales was just 3 years old at the time.

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