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New Royal baby will be fourth in line to throne

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their second child. Credit: PA Wire

As the fourth in line to the throne, William and Kate's new baby will not be expected to be crowned sovereign.

He or she will join second-born Royal children as being known as the "spare to heir".

  • Their second-born will be a great-grandchild to the Queen
  • It will be a great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria
  • Its birth will push Prince Harry down to fifth in line for the throne
  • The Duke of York will move to sixth place and princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to seventh and eighth
  • If the baby is a girl, it will be the first time a great granddaughter of a still-serving Monarch has been born in direct succession on the male line since 1897

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