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A history of royal babies

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to welcome their new arrival any day. However, as per tradition, the gender won’t be revealed until the royal announcement and as such, speculation has been rife regarding the royal baby’s gender and name. Bookmakers including Paddy Power suggest that Baby Sussex will be a girl, with odds of 4/7 and in Royal Baby betting, four of the six favourite names are girls’ names.

Almost as exciting as knowing the baby’s name and gender is finding out where he or she will fall in the current line of succession. In the same way that Prince William’s children have gone beneath him in the pecking order, baby Sussex will be heir after Prince Harry. Prince Harry is currently sixth, meaning Baby Sussex will be seventh and bump down Prince Andrew and his two girls. Here, we will take a look at a history of royal babies and where they fall in the current line of succession.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William is second in line to throne, after his father, the Prince of Wales. He and Kate Middleton have three children:

2013

Prince William and Kate announced they were expecting their first child in December 2012 and on July 22 2013, George Alexander Louis was born. Prince George is currently third in line to throne, behind his father, the Duke of Cambridge, and grandfather, the Prince of Wales. Despite embarking on royal tours, George is rarely seen in public and he made his first appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, following the Trooping the Colour parade for the Queen’s Official Birthday.

2015

Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, was born on May 2 2015 and is fourth in line of succession to the throne, behind her older brother George, but ahead of younger sibling, Louis. Royal names often have importance and Charlotte’s middle names pay homage to her great-grandmother, the Queen, and late-grandmother, the Princess of Wales. Like George, she made her first public appearance during the Trooping the Colour procession.

2018

Prince Louis of Cambridge (full name: Louis Arthur Charles) is the third and youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Born on April 23 2018, Prince Louis is behind his two older siblings in the line of succession and is fifth. His first and third names honour paternal family members (Louis for his great-great-granduncle Lord Mountbatten and Charles for his grandfather).

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Prince Andrew is Queen Elizabeth II’s second son and is seventh in line to the throne (soon to be bumped down a place, after the arrival of Baby Sussex). He and former wife, Sarah Ferguson have two children:

1998

Eighth in line to the throne is Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, or Princess Beatrice of York as she’s better known. The elder of two daughters belonging to Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice was born on August 8 1988.

1990

Below her sister in the line of succession, Eugenie Victoria Helena (Princess Eugenie of York) is ninth and was born on March 23 1990. Last year she married wine merchant Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (where Prince Harry and Meghan wed) and the couple reside in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

Outside the top 10

11th: James, Viscount Severn (born December 17 2007) – son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

12th: Lady Louise Windsor (born November 8 2003) – daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

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