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Princess Charlotte Just Made History and She's Only 2 Years Old

Britain's Prince William, second left, and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, second right, and their children, Prince George, left, and Princess Charlotte, right, board a plane in Hamburg, Germany, July 21, 2017.
Christian Charisius/Pool Photo/AP

Princess Charlotte may only be 2 years old, but she’s already making history and bucking tradition: The young royal, currently fourth in line for the throne, will be the first female British princess not to be bumped down the queue by a male heir.

For centuries, male heirs to the throne have been given priority over females, prioritizing gender over birth order and reinforcing the idea that kings are preferable, while queens are a last resort. But in 2013, legislators passed the Succession of the Crown Act, which leveled the law and made it equally possible for a royal heir born after October 28, 2011 to one day become ruler, regardless of gender.

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The policy change means there will be no cutsies for Charlotte’s infant brother, who arrived yesterday. The little princess will remain fourth in line for the throne and her brother will have to wait his turn.

Tradition and policy still dictate that both Princess Charlotte and her yet-to-be-named baby brother would be pushed further down the line of succession if and when their older brother George, Prince William and Kate’s first born, had children of his own.

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