Royal Family announces first of two historic succession shake-ups this year

The Royal Family has changed its line of succession in the first of two historic shake-ups this year.

Under the new system, the positions of Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Peter and Zara Tindall and many other members of the family have changed, while two of the Queen's great-grandchildren, Lena and Mia, retained theirs following a recent change to the law.

Princess Eugenie's son, August, who was born in February, is now 11th in line to the throne, the Mirror reports.

This knocked his great-uncle, the Queen's youngest child Prince Edward, down to the 12th position.

And everyone after him, including Princess Anne and her children Peter and Zara Tindall, were also bumped down a spot.

Zara also changed the order when she welcomed a baby boy last week. Little Lucas Philip was born on the bathroom floor thanks to his speedy arrival, with dad Mike on hand to help with the delivery.

He's 22nd in line to the throne, but if he had been born 10 years ago he would have overtaken his older sisters to go in at 20.

However, ahead of Prince George's birth in 2013, the Queen changed the royal rules to state that female heirs wouldn't automatically lose their spots to a male heir born after them.

It meant Princess Charlotte made history when her little brother Louis was born, as she kept her position as fourth in line to the throne.

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And the line of succession will change yet again later this year when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome their second child.

The couple announced that Archie is going to be a big brother with a beautiful pregnancy reveal photo, which was taken virtually on an iPad.

They later told fans they were having a baby girl during their interview with Oprah.

At the beginning of the interview, the TV legend congratulated Meghan on her baby news and commented on the size of her growing bump.

She then asked if they knew the gender, but Meghan said she would wait until the later part of the chat when Harry joined her to share the news.

Asked what it was like seeing the scan, Harry said: "Amazing".

He said: "[I'm] just grateful to have any child. Any, one or two, would have been amazing but to have a boy and then a girl what more can you ask for?

"Now we've got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs."

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