What will happen to the royal family’s line of succession?

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On Thursday 8 September, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen had died at the age of 96, after 70 years on the throne.

Her death meant that her eldest son, Prince Charles, automatically became King Charles III after him.

His title and role were later confirmed during a ceremony in London on 10 September, but his coronation is not expected until sometime next year.

Charles’ new role means his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, is now the Queen Consort.

Prince Charles’ first child, Prince William, is now Prince of Wales, and is succeeded by his son, Prince George, who is third in line to the throne.

William’s other children, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are now third and fourth in the line of succession, while Prince Harry and their children, Archie and Lillibet, are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

However, Prince Andrew comes next in line, even though he is the Queen’s third child – and the reason can be traced back to an Old Testament.

How have the rules of succession changed in recent years?

Although Anne, Princess Royal, is the Queen’s second eldest child, she is sixteenth in line for the throne.

This is because, as of 2013, royal custom dictated that the birth of a royal male child would displace his female sibling in the line of succession, even if she was older than him.

Therefore, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, and their subsequent children are before the Princess Royal in line to the throne.

In 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act was passed into law by Parliament. The law was put in place before the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child, who would succeed William to the throne.

This changed the tradition regarding the line of succession, ruling that the birth of a boy could no longer take his female brother in line to the throne.

The previous rule of male inheritance does not apply to royal children born after 28 October 2011. This means that Princess Charlotte will be above Prince Louis in line to the throne.

Since Princess Anne was born in 1950, the change does not affect her status.

British royal family line of succession

Does the Queen’s death change when other members of the royal family fall? Here is the line of succession as it is now.

1. William, Prince of Wales

As the first-born son of King Charles III, William is the heir to the throne.

2. Prince George

Although only nine years old, as the eldest child of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the young royal is now second in line to the throne.

3. Princess Charlotte

George’s younger sister, seven-year-old Princess Charlotte, is now third in line to the throne. However, if George has children of his own, they will overtake his sister in the line of succession.

4. Prince Louis

Four-year-old Prince Louis, the youngest child of Kate and William, is fourth in line to the throne.

5. Prince Harry

Since Harry is the youngest son of Charles, he comes after Prince William and William’s children in the line of succession.

6. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

As the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, baby Archie is now sixth in line to the throne.

7. Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor

Archie is followed by his younger sister, Lillibet, who was welcomed by Harry and Meghan in June 2021.

8. Prince Andrew

The Queen’s third child and second son, Prince Andrew, is eighth in line to the throne.


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