Did you know about the ancient royal tradition where younger male siblings had an automatic right to the throne over their older female siblings?

This longstanding practice was changed by Parliament in 2011 during David Cameron’s government.

Queen Elizabeth II

This tradition explains how the third child of Henry VIII, Prince Edward, became king. Only after his death did his sisters Mary and Elizabeth ascend to the throne. Henry VIII famously married six times in search of a male heir.

King Edward VI

There are other examples in history as well.

The late Queen Elizabeth II was the first child and the oldest of the two daughters of King George VI. Her father ascended to the throne after the abdication of his older brother, King Edward VIII.

Before Queen Elizabeth II, the female monarch was Queen Victoria. She was the only daughter of the fourth son (Prince Edward) of King George III. Prince Edward predeceased his father and other older brothers (including King William IV), who all died without lawful heirs. Thus, Victoria became queen upon the death of her uncle, King William IV.

The new law that altered the succession to the British throne came into force on 26th March 2015. It was approved not only by the UK Parliament but also by the Commonwealth countries. The new law means Princess Charlotte (daughter of Prince William) is 4th in line to the throne instead of 5th, ahead of her younger brother Prince Louis.

The next female monarch may not come in our lifetime, as the next three heirs to the throne are males.

Queen Elizabeth II with the next three heirs to the throne

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