Royal Family


 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just welcomed their first child into the world. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Monday 6th May 2019 but is not automatically entitled to be a Prince or an HRH. He will simply be referred to as Archie, or Master Archie when required. Harry and Meghan could have chosen to use a courtesy title, though at this time, there is no indication they will do so. The Queen can of course offer a title if she pleases. Alternatively, under present rules, baby Archie could become a Prince when his grandfather becomes king. As the firstborn son, Mountbatten-Windsor should one day inherit his father's title of Duke of Sussex.
Official celebrations to mark the Sovereigns' birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday. This dates back to King George II in 1748, who was born in November which isn’t known for good weather. The colourful display of flag flying and military pageantry takes place every summer. Her Majesty will celebrate her 93rd birthday publicly, with the official birthday parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, on Saturday 8th June 2019. During the celebrations, the Queen inspects her troops as is tradition. The celebration features over 1400 officers, 200 horses and 400 musicians, and is usually attended by senior Royal Family members who gather for photographs on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
With the recent arrival of the Queen’s eighth great grandchild, there is more attention drawn to The Royal Family’s line of succession. George Alexander Louis was the first child born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is third in line to the throne. Formally known as Prince George of Cambridge, this future king follows his father, Prince William who is second in line and his grandfather, the Prince of Wales who is heir apparent. Following Prince George are his two younger siblings, who come before the Duke of Sussex. Prince Harry’s first-born son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor is currently 7th in line to the throne.