PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 04:00, Sat, Jan 18, 2020
Princess Anne is the second child of Queen Elizabeth II and was third in line to the British throne when she was born. She was soon moved down the line of succession when her brothers, Prince Andrew, 59, and Prince Edward, 55, were born. Does a change in royal law mean she has been moved back up the line?
Princess Anne: A change in law could have pushed her up the line of succession (Image: GETTY)
When Princess Anne was born, she was third in line to the throne behind her mother, then Princess Elizabeth, and older brother Prince Charles.
She was given the title of Princess Royal in 1987, the name usually held by the eldest daughter of the monarch.
For many years, the men of the Royal Family had priority when it came to the order of succession.
That meant, although Anne was born first, she was moved down the line when Prince Andrew was born and again by Prince Edward.
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Princess Anne: She is the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II (Image: GETTY)
Princess Anne: She already holds the title of Princess Royal (Image: GETTY)
Under that royal rule, it was unlikely that a woman would ever take to the throne if she had a brother.
However, this was changed when Kate Middleton and Prince William were