The royal family has had plenty to celebrate in 2023, from the Coronation of King Charles III in May, to a brand-new arrival.
Princess Eugenie recently announced the birth of her second child – a boy named Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank – on her Instagram, saying ‘Jack and I wanted to share the news that had our little boy, Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank on May 30 at 8.49 weighing 7.1Ibs.
‘He is named after his great great great grandfather George, his grandpa George and my grandpa Ronald.
‘Augie is loving being a big brother already.’
A new addition to the family means that the line of succession has now had to be updated – so, what does the line of succession look like now, and where does the new baby Ernest place?
What is the line of succession for the royal family?
Prince William is first in line, while Prince Andrew and Prince Harry remain in the royal rankings despite controversies around them.
Charles, who was the Prince of Wales and the late Elizabeth II’s heir, is now King.
When Elizabeth II died back in September 2022, all those below Charles moved up one place, with William, the new Prince of Wales, now the heir to the throne.
Prince George is now second in line.
He is followed by his sister Princess Charlotte, and then Prince Louis, who are third and fourth in line respectively.
Harry, the Duke of Sussex, who quit as a senior working royal and moved to the US in 2020, still retains his succession rights despite stepping away from the monarchy – he is currently fifth in line.
His son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is sixth in line – moving up from his position as seventh-in-line when he was born in 2019.
Archie’s sister, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Mountbatten-Windsor, jumps into her brother’s old position.
Andrew, the Duke of York is behind her, despite stepping down from royal duties and an out of court settlement in a civil sexual assault case.
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His eldest daughter Princess Beatrice moves to ninth in line, while her baby girl, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, born in September 2021, is now 10th in line.
They are followed by Princess Eugenie, Andrew’s other daughter, and her young son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank in 12th – with Ernest now coming in 13th place, pushing Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward further down the line of succession, into 14th place.
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