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Princess Beatrice likely has an important new role in King Charles III’s monarchy

Princess Beatrice, niece of King Charles III and daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, is set to receive a prominent role in her uncle’s monarchy, PEOPLE reports.

Beatrice is set to become one of Charles’ four councilors of state, allowing her to stand in for the king at Privy Council meetings, sign routine documents and receive credentials for new ambassadors to the Kingdom. United, according to the outlet.

The Telegraph reports that Beatrice – married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi since 2020 and mother of daughter Sienna, who turns one on September 18 – is likely to become a state councilor based on the 1937 Regency Act. The law states that the monarch’s wife (so, in Charles’ case, Camilla) and the next four adults in the line of succession over the age of 21 can conduct business on behalf of the monarch. Although Beatrice is currently ninth in line, she is the fourth adult over 21, after cousins ​​Prince William and Prince Harry and her father Prince Andrew. (William’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, as well as Harry’s children Archie and Lilibet, are all nine or younger.)

“There are, however, a number of ‘essential constitutional functions’ which cannot be delegated to Councilors of State, including Commonwealth matters, the dissolution of Parliament (unless expressly instructed by the King), the creation of peers and the appointment of a new prime minister,” reports PEOPLE.

Under Queen Elizabeth II, the Councilors of State were her husband, Prince Philip (until his death in April 2021), as well as Charles, William, Harry and Andrew. Although events in recent years have prompted the Queen to replace Harry and Andrew with other members of the Royal Family, the Queen has never changed the line-up.

As well as being a princess of the UK and now, probably a councilor of state, thanks to her marriage to Mapelli Mozzi, Beatrice is also an Italian Contessa and Nobile Donna. Her husband Edo shared a personal tribute to Her Majesty on Instagram, writing “incredibly hard to process the past 24 hours. What an incredible woman and what an extraordinary mark she left on the world. She was the rock on which modern Britain was built.