I have a question about the succession to the British throne that should be easy to answer, but I’m not sure where to find the answer. Suppose that, in 1952, it was learned just prior to King George VI’s death that his wife, Queen Elizabeth, was pregnant. What would have happened at the time of the king’s death? Would Princess Elizabeth have become Queen, or would we have waited to know the sex of her unborn sibling? Would there have been a regency in the meantime, and if so, who would have been regent? Supposing that the unborn child was found to be a girl, would Elizabeth now be considered to have been Queen from the day of her father’s death? And supposing that the unborn child was found to be a boy, would he be considered to have been king before his birth? And what if Queen Elizabeth (the dowager queen) had given birth to a stillborn boy? Would the child be in the lists of British monarchs?
Now, would any of this be different if we’d learnt about Queen Elizabeth’s pregnancy after the death of King George?