This Is the Line of Succession to the British Throne
When Queen Elizabeth II’s reign ends, where will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby fit in? Here’s a snapshot of the next 18 in line.
1. Prince Charles
Despite rumors that the royal line of succession would skip Prince Charles—he is the least popular royal after all—he’ll still be next in line for the throne as Queen Elizabeth’s oldest son. Already 69 years old, he will be the oldest person in British history to be crowned.
2. Prince William
Next comes Prince Charles’ son, Prince William—the firstborn of the queen’s firstborn. Given the love the public already has for William and his wife, Kate Middleton, he’s sure to keep that popularity as king. Learn more why William will never be king before his dad.
3. Prince George
He might only be four years old, but Prince George—firstborn child of Prince William—already has a massive responsibility ahead of him. After his father, George will be taking over the British crown. Based on these photos of an adorable pep talk from his dad, the future king might already be preparing.
4. Princess Charlotte
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Until her big brother has kids of his own, two-year-old Princess Charlotte is next in the royal line of succession. Still, this is why Princess Charlotte’s kids won’t get royal titles, even though her brother’s will.
5. Prince Louis
William and Kate’s third child is next in line after Charlotte. In the past, a son would have gone above Princess Charlotte in the succession, but a new law will let her hold her place in the royal line of succession.
6. Prince Harry
After Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children comes Queen Elizabeth’s younger grandson, Prince Harry (which, by the way, is not his real name). Find out how much each person in the British royal family is worth.
7. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby
Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their firstborn (due in the spring of 2019), that baby will be seventh in royal line of succession, regardless of its gender. Here are the 14 royal pregnancy rules Meghan will have to follow.
8. Prince Andrew
If something were to happen to his nephews and their kids, Prince Andrew—Queen Elizabeth II’s second son and Prince Charles’s younger brother—would step up to be king.
9. Princess Beatrice
Before Princess Charlotte was born, Prince Andrew’s 29-year-old daughter Beatrice was the highest-ranking female in the British line of succession.
10. Princess Eugenie
Right after her big sister, Princess Eugenie (Andrew’s other daughter) would be next in line to become Queen of the United Kingdom. These are the non-royal jobs she and the rest of her family have held.
11. Prince Edward
Until a few years ago, sons got dibs on the crown before their sisters in the British royal succession, so Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son Prince Edward still ranks higher on the line of succession than his older sister, Princess Anne.
12. James, Viscount Severn
Prince Edward’s son, James, isn’t called a “prince” because his parents rejected the title so he could have a more normal childhood. Read this easy chart to understand the full royal family tree.
13. Lady Louise Windsor
Louise might be older than her brother, James, but she is still behind him in line for the crown.
14. Princess Anne
Queen Elizabeth II’s second child and only daughter comes after her three brothers and their kids in the line of succession. Don’t miss these crazy conspiracy theories about the royal family.
15. Peter Phillips
Princess Anne chose not to give her kids royal titles either. The managing director of Sports and Entertainment Limited UK has been known to stay out of the limelight and reportedly didn’t even tell his future wife he was royalty until she noticed him on TV with the rest of the royal family six weeks after they met. Maybe he doesn’t like the standards of these 14 etiquette rules the British royal family needs to follow.
16. Savannah Phillips
Peter’s seven-year-old daughter (the queen’s great-granddaughter) is number 16 in the line of succession now that Prince Louis has arrived and Harry and Meghan’s child will have the seventh spot. Find out why the royal family doesn’t normally have a last name.
17. Isla Phillips
Savannah’s six-year-old little sister, Isla, would get the crown next if the time came.
18. Zara Tindall
Princess Anne’s daughter is listed last in the official line of succession. She’s an equestrian and married rugby player Mike Tindall. Even though these successors are all prepared should their services be required, these are the 13 reasons Queen Elizabeth will never give up the throne.