The Line of Succession to the British Throne Has More People Than You May Have Thought

The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third child will certainly bring some changes to the royal family. Not only could Princess Charlotte soon become the quintessential rebellious, open-minded middle child, but there will also be some adjustments to the line of succession to the British throne – namely for Uncle Harry, who will be moving down a spot. Before baby Cambridge shakes things up next Spring, let’s take a look at the current roster for one of the most important jobs in the world.

  1. Prince Charles: At almost 69 years old, Charles will be the oldest heir to accede to the British throne. There is also debate of whether Charles will become King Charles III or take on the regnal name of King George VII.
  2. Prince William: As the firstborn of the queen’s firstborn, William stands to inherit the throne after his father. There stands the small possibility that Charles decides he doesn’t want to take on the responsibility of the Commonwealth, and William would take over almost immediately.
  3. Prince George: It may be hard to picture now, but one day, the spunky 4-year-old prince will rule all of England.
  4. Princess Charlotte: As a spare heir to the throne, Charlotte will act as a support to her big brother until he has a family of his own.
  5. Prince Harry: Until the birth of baby Cambridge, Harry is fifth in line for the throne – and judging by his comments about becoming king one day, we have a feeling he’s not too bummed about being pushed down the line even further.
  6. Prince Andrew: The queen’s second-born son will also move down once baby Cambridge is born, and his new place as seventh in line will officially mean that he can marry whoever he wants without having to seek permission from the queen first.
  7. Princess Beatrice: The Duke of York’s older daughter, whom he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, is next in line.
  8. Princess Eugenie: Beatrice’s younger sister is positioned after her; both women can marry whomever they want without having to ask Granny for her permission!
  9. Prince Edward: The Earl of Wessex is the last born to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, but due to the Act of Settlement 1701 (which was amended in 2013), Edward was able to displace his older sister, Princess Anne, in line for the throne. Because of the updated Succession to the Crown Act, Princess Charlotte’s place in line will not be affected, even if her younger sibling is a boy.
  10. Viscount Severn: James, Viscount Severn, is the only son of Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie. Because he was born in 2009 – the Act applies to those born after October 2011 – he was able to cut in line ahead of his older sister, Louise.
  11. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor: The 13-year-old, whom you may remember as a bridesmaid in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, is in line for the throne after her younger brother.
  12. Princess Anne: As the queen’s second child, Anne was third in line for the throne at the time of her birth – but being a girl meant that both of the princess royal’s younger brothers, Andrew and Edward, would later surpass her in the succession line.
  13. Peter Phillips: Princess Anne’s son was able to jump in line ahead of his older sister, Zara.
  14. Savannah Phillips: Peter’s 6-year-old daughter, Savannah, is next in line.
  15. Isla Phillips: Five-year-old Isla follows her sister, Savannah.
  16. Zara Tindall: Rounding out the list is Zara Tindall (née Phillips), who is Princess Anne’s firstborn and is married to former English rugby player Mike Tindall.

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Taylor Swift released her sixth studio album, Reputation, on Nov. 10. The adoring fans who preordered physical copies of the album were also treated to personal poetry from the singer, which included a heartfelt and revealing prologue to Reputation. In addition to covering our generation’s social media habits and the downsides of life in the public eye, Taylor gives a missive about the public speculation that will naturally follow once people listen to Reputation:

When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test. There will be slideshows of photos backing up each incorrect theory, because it’s 2017 and if you didn’t see a picture of it, it couldn’t have happened right?

Sigh. I’m going to stop you right there.

I’m tired. We’ve been doing this for over a decade. At some point, Taylor has to take responsibility for her role in the public interest in who her songs are about. She’s made a career out of writing hits about both current boyfriends and exes, a fact that dates all the way back to early hits like 2006’s “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Taylor is more than allowed to do this; she has the artistic right to express her creativity however she wants – but she has also played a large role in the constant conjecture about her personal life through her songs. I’d bet most of her fans would admit that half the fun of listening to her music comes from theorizing who those songs are about, whether it’s an ex-flame, an ex-friend, or one of her cats.

At some point, Taylor has to take responsibility for her role in the public interest in who her songs are about.

As far as “scouring the lyrics” goes: does Taylor really think her lyrics are that difficult to decipher? It wasn’t hard to deduce that a song called “Dear John” with references to an older man who played her with “dark, twisted games” was written about John Mayer. It was pretty easy for fans to pick up on the fact that a song titled “Style” would be written about Harry Styles. And what about “Bad Blood”? From veiled accusations in major publications to a star-studded video that paraded her famous friends, Taylor basically left us a trail of breadcrumbs leading straight to Katy Perry’s door. Did Taylor not also write damn near an entire album about a blink-and-you-missed-it romance with Jake Gyllenhaal and literally leave clues for fans to decode in her liner notes? We didn’t ask to be let in on such small and intimate details of Taylor’s personal relationships, but we were – by Taylor. She can’t keep pretending that she hasn’t fed the beast.

Taylor’s claim of lyric-scouring also implies that this is some sort of phenomenon that only happens to her – as if music fans haven’t been speculating about who their favorite artists are crooning about in love (and breakup) songs since the beginning of time. As if audiences weren’t curious to learn that Eric Clapton wrote “Layla” about Pattie Boyd or riveted by Justin Timberlake’s Britney Spears clone in the “Cry Me a River” video or spent damn near four decades trying to figure out who Carly Simon thought was “so vain.” While some artists have made it easier than others to speculate about the content of their music – take Adele, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé, for example – it certainly isn’t a new concept. Music fans will always have some level of interest in the inspiration behind their favorite songs. And in her own ways, Taylor has encouraged it.

Let me say it again, louder for those in the back: this is Taylor’s game, and we’re all just playing along.

Taylor Swift Wrote a Heartfelt, Revealing Letter For Reputation That Is Definitely Worth a Read

TAYLOR SWIFT’s #reputation : Prologue
– rep (@labanizzle) November 9, 2017

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