This Is the Line of Succession to the British Throne
When Queen Elizabeth II’s reign ends, where will Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Baby Number Three fit in? Here’s a snapshot to the next 17 in line.
1. Prince Charles
Despite rumors that the 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 line. 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 will sit 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 line of succession. Find out everything we know about the new royal baby.
6. Prince Harry
The birth of the new royal baby will bump Queen Elizabeth’s younger grandson, Prince Harry (which, by the way, is not his real name), down one spot. This is why his fiancee, Meghan Markle, still won’t be called a princess after they tie the knot.
7. 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. Find out what non-royal jobs he and the rest of his family have held.
8. 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. Read this easy chart to understand the full royal family tree.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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. (Don’t miss this rule William and Kate always break to strengthen their family bond.)
12. Lady Louise Windsor
Louise might be older than her brother, James, but she is still behind him in line for the crown.
13. Princess Anne
Queen Elizabeth II’s second child and only daughter comes after her three brothers and their kids in the line of succession.
14. 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.
15. Savannah Phillips
Peter’s seven-year-old daughter (the queen’s great-granddaughter) is number 15 in the line of succession now that Baby Cambridge has arrived. Don’t miss these 11 hilarious tweets about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy.
16. Isla Phillips
Savannah’s six-year-old little sister, Isla, would get the crown next if the time came.