A new role for Beatrice? Princess could become King Charles III's new Counsellor of State as she moves up the line of succession - meaning she can deputise at royal events

  • Princess Beatrice could be in line to take on a new role as Counsellor of State 
  • Traditionally, monarchs have four counsellors of states to delegate royal duty to
  • By law these are the four first adults in the line of succession and his spouse
  • This includes Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice could be set to take on a new role as one of King Charles' Counsellors of State - the legal status allowing her to take up royal duties if the King is ill and other senior royals are also unwell or abroad.

Following the announcement of the Queen's death, aged 96, yesterday in Balmoral, the five senior royals who will act as Counsellors to the new Monarch, 73, are set to change. 

The Queen's Counsellors of State were former Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, chosen because they were the four next in line to the throne and were at least over the age of 18. 

Upon the Queen's death, King Charles III has ascended to the throne, meaning there is space for a new Counsellor of State. 

Due to the age restrictions, William’s children George, Charlotte and Louis, cannot take on role. This leaves the Duke of York's daughter Princess Beatrice, 33, as the royal who is in line for the key constitutional role.

MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.  

Princess Beatrice, 33,  could be set to become one of King Charles's five Counsellors of States when he ascends the throne (pictured together at Royal Ascot in June with Zara Phillips)

Princess Beatrice, 33,  could be set to become one of King Charles's five Counsellors of States when he ascends the throne (pictured together at Royal Ascot in June with Zara Phillips)  

The counsellors of state roles are enshrined by the Regency Acts 1937-53.

The role of Counsellor of State was made into law when a new Regency Act was created in 1936 when the Queen's father, King George VI, became the Head of State. 

The role was created to cover short term absences and to avoid unnecessary regencies.  

The criteria for being the Monarch's Counsellor is that the member of royal family should be above 21 and a British citizen living in the UK. 

Princess Beatrice, 33, is now one of the royals to hold the key constitutional role, royal fans have pointed out

Princess Beatrice, 33, is now one of the royals to hold the key constitutional role, royal fans have pointed out

Heir to the thrones can also become Counsellors from the age of 18.

Under rules enshrined in law and detailed on the official Royal website, before the Queen's death, four members of the family were entitled as ‘Counsellors of State’ to take over from the Queen if she is unable to perform her duties – if, for example, she were abroad or unwell. 

Under the law, Counsellors of States are authorised to carry out most of the official duties of the Monarch.

This include attending meetings, signing routine documents and receiving the credentials of new ambassadors to the UK. 

King Charles III will have five Counsellors of State, which include his wife, The Queen Consort, his brother Prince Andrew, his two sons and his niece, Princess Beatrice. Princess Anne is unlikely to become his Counsellor of State because she is 16th in line for the throne, and the seventh adult (pictured: King Charles and the Princess Royal in 2017)

King Charles III will have five Counsellors of State, which include his wife, The Queen Consort, his brother Prince Andrew, his two sons and his niece, Princess Beatrice. Princess Anne is unlikely to become his Counsellor of State because she is 16th in line for the throne, and the seventh adult (pictured: King Charles and the Princess Royal in 2017)

However, some duties cannot be delegated to them, including Commonwealth matters, the creation of peers and appointing the Prime Minister. 

The Counsellors also cannot carry out the Dissolving of Parliament, except if they have been expressly instructed by the King. 

Two Counsellors of State are required to act together in a ‘quorum’ to perform crucial functions, such as providing Royal assent to bills passing through Parliament and appointing High Court judges. 

Without such assent, these functions of Government cannot be enacted.

Those Counsellors were Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, chosen because they wee the four next in line to the throne and were at least over the age of 18. 

The Duke of Cambridge and Cornwall, Prince William, was one of the Queen's Counsellors of State and will be King Charles III's as well (pictured with the Queen in 2017)

The Duke of Cambridge and Cornwall, Prince William, was one of the Queen's Counsellors of State and will be King Charles III's as well (pictured with the Queen in 2017) 

Prince William, 40, Prince Andrew, 63 and Prince Harry, who were already counsellors of state under Her Majesty The Queen, will likely retain the role.

The age restriction rules out William’s children George, Charlotte and Louis taking on the role. 

Instead, it is believed they will be joined by Beatrice, as well as the Queen Consort, 75.

Royal watcher account Gert's Royal was one of the firsts to note Beatrice's possible ascension to the role. 

The Monarch does not have the power to remove someone as Counsellor of State, as who gets the role is determined by legislation and can only be changed by Parliament. 

Prince William becomes heir to the throne of the United Kingdom after Prince Charles 's accession following the death of Queen Elizabeth II 

Prince William is now heir to the throne of the United Kingdom after Prince Charles's accession following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The 40-year-old Duke of Cambridge is expected to become the new Prince of Wales, with his wife Kate Middleton taking on the new title of the Princess of Wales.

William is the oldest royals among the top eight in line, and is followed by his three children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four.

The new line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom following the Queen's death

The new line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom following the Queen's death

Prince William is now heir to the throne of the United Kingdom after Prince Charles's accession following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Above: The Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Prince Charles, Prince William and his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in June

Prince William is now heir to the throne of the United Kingdom after Prince Charles's accession following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Above: The Queen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with Prince Charles, Prince William and his children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in June

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during a visit to East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Cambridgeshire in June

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during a visit to East Anglia's Children's Hospices in Cambridgeshire in June

Prince Charles, the Queen and William on the Buckingham Palace balcony on June 05, 2022

Prince Charles, the Queen and William on the Buckingham Palace balcony on June 05, 2022 

Her Majesty arriving at Balmoral Castle for the start of her summer break on July 21

Her Majesty arriving at Balmoral Castle for the start of her summer break on July 21

The Queen attends an audience with Switzerland's president at Windsor Castle on April 28

The Queen attends an audience with Switzerland's president at Windsor Castle on April 28

(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2016

(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2016

Following the Cambridges are Prince Harry, his children Archie and Lilibet, and then Prince Andrew and his two daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

William has become a hugely popular member of the Royal Family in recent years, with his wedding to Kate in April 2011 watched by an estimated two billion people.

The couple's down-to-earth nature and regular foreign trips have helped them engage with global communities, including one in Pakistan in October 2019.

William has also become more involved in royal matters, with a notable intervention after Prince Andrew's interview about his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at Buckingham Palace in June

Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and the Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at Buckingham Palace in June

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their son Archie in South Africa on September 25, 2019

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their son Archie in South Africa on September 25, 2019

Prince Charles and Camilla in the grounds of Clarence House in London in December 2018

Prince Charles and Camilla in the grounds of Clarence House in London in December 2018

He is said to have spoken to the Queen and Prince Charles about Andrew's future following the disastrous interview and recommended his removal from public life. 

The new heir was also said to have described his uncle as a 'threat' to the royal family and 'closed the door' on his return to public life.  

Charles is now effectively king, although he is expected to be officially proclaimed as the monarch at an Accession Council meeting at St James's Palace in London.

Since the Prince of Wales title isn't Charles's per se, but rather given to the heir apparent, he will vacate it the moment he ascends to the throne.

However, there is no automatic succession to the Prince of Wales title - the heir apparent has to be created Prince of Wales by the monarch.

The title is only 'merged in the crown' and renewed at the Sovereign's pleasure - which is why Charles became the 21st Prince of Wales not on the day of his birth, but rather aged nine in 1958.

He was only 'invested' - in the ceremony acknowledging the creation of a new Prince of Wales - 11 years later in 1969.

Technically, Charles's wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, has been the Princess of Wales until now, but she has used the feminine equivalent of Charles's Duke of Cornwall title, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess of Cornwall is thought to not use the Princess of Wales title out of respect for Charles's ex-wife Princess Diana, who died in Paris in August 1997.

Camilla will now become Queen Consort after the Queen gave this approval. 

Following the Queen's death, Charles also becomes head of the Commonwealth - and it has been claimed Harry will take a more active role in this.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is now 13th in line ahead of his two children with Sophie - James, Viscount Severn, 14, and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, 15.

Edward's family is followed by Princess Anne, Princess Royal in 16th place - and her son Peter Phillips, along with his daughters Savannah and Isla Phillips.ollowing behind Mr Phillips is Zara Tindall in 20th and her two children with former rugby player Mike Tindall - Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall.

 

Advertisement

King Charles Counsellors of State will change

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.

We are no longer accepting comments on this article.