Zara Tindall’s new arrival could be justice for Princess Anne

If Zara Tindall has a baby boy this summer he could be a symbol of justice for Princess Anne.

That’s because her grandson’s place in the line of succession in the Royal Family will be fairer than when she was born, reports Gloucestershire Live.

Seventy years ago when the Princess Royal was born she was third in line to the throne behind her brother Charles and her mother Elizabeth.

But because the titles are passed down through the male line she was then bumped down the list as younger brothers Andrew, now 60, and Edward jumped the royal queue for the crown.

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She went even further down the queue when Andrew, the Duke of York, and Edward, the Earl of Wessex, had children and Princess Eugenie gave birth recently.

Due to the outdated rules Anne has fallen to 15th in line to the throne and her children – Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall – are now numbers 16th and 19th, respectively.

Her granddaughters Savannah, Isla, Mia and Lena are 17th and 18th and 20th and 21st in line to the throne.

If her brothers had not leapfrogged over Princess Anne she would be eighth in line to the throne and her two children ninth and tenth, followed by their four children.

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But despite being older and regarded as one of the most popular and hardworking royals, she is falling behind the queue to younger members of The Firm.

All that will different when Zara delivers the Queen’s 10th great-grandchild around the time of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday on June 1.

Mike Tindall is making it clear he would like another man in their house at the Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire and if he gets his way his son will be hit by changes to the rule of male primogeniture.

This is the rule which allows a younger son to displace an elder daughter in the line of succession and was abolished in the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act which changed the provisions of the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement.

The ruling means that means Prince Andrew and Edward are closer to the throne than Anne – even though she is older and regarded as one of the most popular and hardworking royals.

The new Act applies to those born after 2011, and until now, Princess Charlotte is the only member of the Royal Family to benefit from this change by keeping her place in line despite the birth of Prince Louis.

But any new male baby born to the Tindalls will be second because he will not be able to queue jump their two daughters Mia, aged seven, and two-year-old Lena.

Unless pregnant Meghan Markle gives birth to Prince Harry’s daughter before Zara Tindall, the Tindall’s newborn will be 22 in the line of succession whether it is male or female.

However, when Prince Harry and Meghan’s new daughter is born she will be able to queue jump at number eight and push everybody below down the line by one place.

Like her brother Archie and other great grandchildren, Prince Harry’s daughter he will not be automatically entitled to a title until Prince Charles comes to the throne.

Under protocols established by George V in letters patent more than 100 years ago in 1917, the children and grandchildren of a sovereign have the automatic right to the title HRH and prince or princess but not the great grandchildren.

File photo dated 25/12/03 of the Royal Family, the Prince of Wales (second Left), the Duke of Edinburgh (third Left), Commander Tim Laurence (centre), the Duke of Sussex (fourth right), the Earl of Wessex (third Right), the Princess Royal (second right) and and the Duke of York (right) arrivking at St Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk, before the Christmas Day service. Anne celebrates her 70th birthday on Saturday.

Due to the system which is regulated through descent and Parliamentary statute Anne is now behind Prince Charles, his children and his grandchildren – Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry and Archie in the queue.

Also above her are Prince Andrew, his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, his grandchild August, the Earl of Wessex Prince Edward and his two children, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor.

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