British royal line of succession

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her eldest son Charles has become the new King of Britain.

The Queen became the sixth female monarch in British history after her father, King George VI, died in February 1952. She ruled for 70 years, making her the longest reigning monarch in British history.

With a new King, there is a new heir.

As more children and grandchildren of the heir and future heir are born, the line of succession gets longer.

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Here’s what we know about the current British royal family’s line of succession.

King Charles III

Heir apparent since the age of three, King Charles was the longest serving monarch-in-waiting in British history.

Charles was the first royal heir to earn a university degree, and he is president or patron of more than 400 charitable organizations.

1. Prince William

Royal title: Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge.

Order of succession: First in line to the throne

King Charles III’s eldest son, the Duke of Cambridge, is now heir apparent and next in line to the throne.

Prince William does not automatically become Prince of Wales. Since the 14th century, heirs to the throne have used that title, but it is not inheritable. It must be granted by King Charles. Currently, the title is vacant.

2. Prince George

Royal title: Prince of Cambridge

Order of succession: Second in line to the throne

George is the eldest child and first son of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

As second in line to the throne, when the time comes, George will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror.

3. Princess Charlotte

Royal title: Princess of Cambridge

Order of succession: Third in line to the throne

Princess Charlotte is the second child and first daughter of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The British monarchy abolished a rule in 2011 that gave preference to male heirs over their sisters., making Princess Charlotte third in line to the throne.

4. Prince Louis

Royal title: Prince of Cambridge

Order of succession: Fourth in line to the throne

Louis is the third child and second son of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

5. Prince Harry

Royal title: Duke of Sussex

Order of succession:  Fifth in line to the throne

Born in 1984, Harry is the second child of King Charles and Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.

He was third in line to the throne before the birth of his nephews and niece.

In 2018, Harry married American actress Meghan Markle.

Harry and Meghan announced in January 2020 that they would step down from their roles as senior members of the royal family.

Despite being stripped of royal patronages and honorary appointments, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex retained their royal titles.

6. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

Royal title:

Order of succession: Sixth in line to the throne

Born on May 6, 2019, Archie is the eldest child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

7. Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor

Royal title:

Order of succession: Seventh in line to the throne

Born on June 4, 2021, Lilibet is the second child and first daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

She was named after her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who was known to her family by the nickname Lilibet.

The middle name Diana honors her grandmother, Princess Diana, who passed away in 1997.

 

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8. Prince Andrew

Royal title: Duke of York

Order of succession: Eighth in line to the British throne

Prince Andrew is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

At the time of his birth in 1960, he became second in line to the throne.

The birth of his nephews William and Harry and the birth of their children has lowered his position in the line of succession.

As a result of his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew withdrew from public duties in November 2019.

He was stripped of his honorary military titles when he defended a civil sexual assault case in January 2022.

9. Princess Beatrice

Royal title: Princess of York

Order of succession: Ninth in line to the British throne

Princess Beatrice is the first child of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

Beatrice holds a royal title but works full-time at tech company Afiniti as vice president of partnerships and strategy.

10. Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi

Royal title:

Order of succession: 10th in line to the throne

Born in 2021, Sienna is the first child of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

11. Princess Eugenie

Royal title: Princess of York

Order of succession: 11th in line to the throne

Princess Eugenie is the second child of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

She works as the director of the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in London.

12. August Philip Hawke Brooksbank

Royal title:

Order of succession: 13th in line to the throne

August is the first child of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

13. Prince Edward

Royal title: Earl of Wessex

Order of succession: 13th in line to the throne

Prince Edward is the fourth and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

In 1964, he overtook Princess Anne to become third in line to the throne. He is now a full-time working member of the royal family.

14. James

Royal title: Viscount Severn

Order of succession: 14th in line to the throne

James is Prince Edward and Sophie’s second child and eldest son.

Due to the previous rule where the British monarchy favored male heirs over their sisters, Viscount Severn is ahead of Lady Louise Windsor in line of succession, despite being younger.

15. Lady Louise Windsor

Royal title: Lady

Order of succession: 15th in line to the throne

At 19 years old, Lady Louise is the eldest child and only daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

She is the eldest great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

With the Queen’s permission, her parents gave her and her younger brother titles in the style of an earl rather than a prince or princess.

16. Princess Anne

Royal title: the Princess Royal

Order of succession: 16th in line to the throne.

Princess Anne is the only daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

When she was born in 1950, the princess was second in line to the throne.

Her younger brothers, Andrew and Edward, superseded her in the line of succession.

She was given the title Princess Royal by the Queen in 1987.

17. Peter Phillips

Royal title: N/A

Order of succession: 17th in line to the throne

Peter Phillips is the eldest child of Princess Royal Anne and Mark Phillips.

He is the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

As his mother did not want him to have a royal title, Peter is not a prince.

18. Savannah Phillips

Royal title: N/A

Order of succession: 18th in line to the throne

Savannah is the eldest child of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

19. Isla Phillips

Royal title: N/A

Order of succession: 19th in line to the throne

Born in 2012, Isla is the second child of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

20. Zara Tindall

Royal title: N/A

Order of succession: 20th in line to the throne

Zara Tindall is the second child of Anne, Princess Royal, and Mark Phillips. Due to her mother’s wishes, she was not given a Royal title and is not a princess.

An accomplished equestrian, she won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

21.Mia Tindall

Royal title: N/A

Order of succession: 21st in line to the throne

Born in 2014, Mia is the eldest child of Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall.

22. Lena Tindall

Royal title: N/A

Order of succession: 22nd in line to the throne

Lena is the second child of Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall and the 22nd in line to the British throne.

23. Lucas Tindall

Royal title: N/A

Order of succession: 23rd in line to the throne

Born in 2021, Lucas is the third child of Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall.

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