Princess Beatrice may now be a seat in King Charles as ‘counselor of state’

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Princess Beatrice can now stand-in for King Charles as ‘state adviser’ after the Queen’s death as she moved up the line of succession.

The five senior royals who will act as advisers to the new monarch, 73, have changed after Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday September 8 at Balmoral Castle.

Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter is now ninth in line to the throne and can take on Charles’ official duties if he is ill or abroad, the Times reported.

The law says those allowed to step into his shoes include the sovereign’s spouse – now Queen Consort Camilla – and the next four people over 21 in the line of succession.

Princess Beatrice (pictured at Ascot) can now stand-in for King Charles as 'state adviser' following the Queen's death as she moved up the line of succession

Princess Beatrice (pictured at Ascot) can now stand-in for King Charles as ‘state adviser’ following the Queen’s death as she moved up the line of succession

Prince Andrew's eldest daughter (pictured right on June 3 taking part in the National Service of Thanksgiving) is now ninth in line to the throne and can take on Charles' official duties if he is ill or abroad

Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter (pictured right on June 3 taking part in the National Service of Thanksgiving) is now ninth in line to the throne and can take on Charles’ official duties if he is ill or abroad

Beatrice, 34, is the fourth person in line to the throne over the age of 21, allowing her to take on royal duties despite being ninth overall.

The other royals who may take on the responsibility are Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York.

Why is Beatrice allowed to be a Councilor of State despite being ninth in line?

The law says those allowed to stand for the monarch include the sovereign’s spouse and the next four people over 21 in line to the throne.

Beatrice is the fourth person over 21 after Prince William, Duke of Sussex and Duke of York.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie and Lilibet are all under 21, so they cannot appear for King Charles III at official events.

The princess married property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020 and has daughter Sienna, who is less than a year old but is tenth in line to the throne.

It is rare that advisers of state are needed, but in May Charles and Willian appeared before the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament.

The Advisers to Government roles are set out by the Regency Acts 1937-53.

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

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

The criteria to be an adviser to the monarch is that the member of the royal family must be over 21 and a British citizen living in the UK.

Successors to the throne can also become advisers from the age of 18.

However, some tasks cannot be delegated to them, including Commonwealth affairs, the creation of peers and the appointment of the Prime Minister.

Nor can the advisers carry out the dissolution of the Folketing, unless they are expressly ordered to do so by the King.

Beatrice, 34, is the fourth person in line to the throne over the age of 21, allowing her to take on royal duties despite being ninth overall.  Left to right are Charles, Princess Eugenie, the Queen and Princess Beatrice in 2010

Beatrice, 34, is the fourth person in line to the throne over the age of 21, allowing her to take on royal duties despite being ninth overall. Left to right are Charles, Princess Eugenie, the Queen and Princess Beatrice in 2010

The new line of succession to the British throne after the Queen's death

The new line of succession to the British throne after the Queen’s death

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