The Line of Succession to the British Throne, Explained

The British line of succession delineates who will inherit the throne and become the king or queen of Great Britain. Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, 2022, reigned over England for a record-breaking 70 years. Her husband, Prince Philip, who died in 2021 at 99, was steadily by her side through the years, but he was not in line to succeed her. Instead, after the queen, her firstborn, Charles, Prince of Wales, will rule, followed by his firstborn, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and then his firstborn, Prince George.
Still, where do other known royals like Princess Charlotte, Princess Beatrice, and baby Lilibet fall in the line for the crown? Whether you’re watching the new season of The Crown or brushing up on your royal knowledge, scroll through to see how close your favorite royals are to becoming the heir to the throne.
1. King Charles: Charles is now the reigning monarch of the U.K. following the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II.
2. Prince William: The Duke of Cambridge is first in line to the throne. He will succeed the throne after his father, Prince Charles.
3. Prince George: The nine-year-old royal–as the firstborn to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge–is second in line to the British throne.
4. Princess Charlotte: As the second-born of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the princess is third in line to the throne.
5. Prince Louis: Prince Louis, the four-year-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is the fourth in line to the throne.
6. Prince Harry: Should none of the Cambridges become the next monarch of Great Britain, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, will become the heir.
7. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor: As the firstborn to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Master Archie is eighth in line to the throne.
8. Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor: Meghan and Harry’s second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana, comes in at seventh in line to the throne. The official website for the Royal Family added Lilibet to the line of succession on July 26, 2021 and her title is detailed as “Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.”
9. Prince Andrew: The third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of York is eighth in the line of succession.

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