What a day! Like many royal watchers, I woke up to the news this morning that the Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to a healthy baby girl. Although all babies are special, this newest member of the family has some points that set her apart.
- She is the first princess to be born since Princess Eugenie in 1990. Although Lady Louise Windsor (born 2003), is also a male line grandchild of the Queen, she does not bear the title and style of a royal princess.
- She is the first princess of Cambridge to be born in 182 years. The last one was Princess Mary Adelaide. She was the mother of Queen Mary, consort to King George V.
- She is now the highest ranking royal to benefit by the succession changes made prior to her brother's birth. Should she have a younger brother, she will remain fourth in line.
- Her birth displaced Princess Beatrice as the highest female in the line of succession.
- She is the first great-granddaughter of a sovereign born in the direct line since Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood in 1897.
- She is the highest ranking royal princess born to an heir to the throne since Princess Anne in 1950
- She is the Queen's fifth great-grandchild, joining her brother, Prince George, Mia Tindall, Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips. Prince George is officially outnumbered!
- She made her first public appearance the day of her birth. Possibly the fastest royal newborn appearance in recent history.
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter!
© Marilyn Braun 2015
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