The much-deserved rise of Princess Beatrice: Ninth-to-the-throne to become Counselor of State for King Charles III

The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew is now the ninth in line to the throne and under the Regency Act of 1937, she can be appointed as counselor of state on official matters

The much-deserved rise of Princess Beatrice: Ninth-to-the-throne to become Counselor of State for King Charles III
In her new role Princess Beatrice can attend Privy Council meetings and stand in for King Charles III if he is abroad or incapacitated (Paul Hackett - WPA Pool/Getty Images and Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: Princess Beatrice will be ninth in line to the throne after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She has risen in the line of succession and can take over Charles' official duties when he is ill or abroad.

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As per the law, those allowed to take up King Charles III's responsibilities include Queen Consort Camilla - and the next four people over the age of 21 in the line of succession. Hence, the five counselors are Camilla, Prince William, Dukes of Sussex and York, and Beatrice.

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The 34-year-old who is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrews is the fourth person in line to the throne aged over 21, however, she can take on the royal duties despite being in ninth position overall. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie, and Lilibet are all under 21 so cannot assist King Charles III in his official events. According to DailyMail, the counselors of state roles are indicated in the Regency Acts 1937-1953. The role of Counsellor of State was made into law in a new Regency Act created in 1936 when the Queen's father, King George VI, became the Head of State. The role of the counselor was created to cover short-term absences and to avoid unnecessary regencies.  

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Princess Beatrice arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Princess Beatrice is the fourth person in line to the throne aged over 21  (Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The major criteria to be a counselor include a member of the royal family who should be above 21 and a British citizen living in the UK. The counselors cannot carry out certain responsibilities such as commonwealth matters, the creation of peers, and appointing the Prime Minister. They cannot carry out the Dissolving of Parliament, except if they have been expressly instructed by the King. Beatrice got married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi who is a property developer. The couple has a daughter Sienna who is less than a year old. Meanwhile, Sienna is tenth in line to the throne. It is rare for counselors of state to be needed but Charles and William represented the Queen at the state opening of Parliament in May 2022. 

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Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, September 8. The late queen reportedly suffered from ill health and mobility issues and died at her Balmoral residence at the age of 96. She died two days after meeting UK's new Prime Minister Liz Truss on Tuesday, September 6. She had reportedly been facing “episodic mobility problems” for some time now and was first seen using a walking stick in October 2021. Meanwhile, King Charles III ascended as the monarch of the commonwealth of Britain, and Prince Williams, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle were seen together in the royal walkabout. They gathered together in public to view the heartfelt tributes left in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

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