The Line of Succession to the British Throne Has More People Than You May Have Thought

The Line of Succession to the British Throne Has More People Than You May Have Thought

The line of succession to the British throne has seen several changes over the past years as more and more royal babies are welcomed into the family. Now, with the recent birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby girl, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the line is shifting yet again. Though the couple stepped down from their roles as senior royals last year, their children will continue to be in the line of succession. So, just where do Harry and his kids fit into the line of succession? Take a look at the current roster for one of the most important jobs in the world.

  1. Prince Charles: At 70 years old, Charles will be the oldest heir to accede to the British throne. There is also debate of whether Charles will become King Charles III or take on the regnal name of King George VII.
  2. Prince William: As the firstborn of the queen’s firstborn, William stands to inherit the throne after his father. There stands the small possibility that Charles decides he doesn’t want to take on the responsibility of the Commonwealth, and William would take over almost immediately.
  3. Prince George: It may be hard to picture now, but one day, the spunky prince will rule all of England.
  4. Princess Charlotte: As a spare heir to the throne, Charlotte will act as a support to her big brother until he has a family of his own. Charlotte also makes history as the first female royal not to lose her spot in line for the throne to a male heir.
  5. Prince Louis: The young prince is fifth in line, taking over the post from his uncle Harry.
  6. Prince Harry: With the birth of Prince Louis, Harry became sixth in line for the throne.
  7. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor: Baby Archie, the first child of Harry and Meghan Markle, is seventh in line for the throne.
  8. Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor: Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lili is now eighth in line behind her big brother.
  9. Prince Andrew: With the birth of baby Lili, the queen’s second-born son has also moved down in line.
  10. Princess Beatrice: The Duke of York’s older daughter, whom he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, is next in line.
  11. Princess Eugenie: Beatrice’s younger sister is positioned after her.
  12. August Brooksbank: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son, who was born in February 2021, is in line behind Eugenie.
  13. Prince Edward: The Earl of Wessex is the last born to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, but due to the Act of Settlement 1701 (which was amended in 2013), Edward was able to displace his older sister, Princess Anne, in line for the throne. Because of the updated Succession to the Crown Act, Princess Charlotte’s place in line wasn’t affected, even though her younger sibling is a boy.
  14. Viscount Severn: James, Viscount Severn, is the only son of Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie. Because he was born in 2009 — the Act applies to those born after October 2011 — he was able to cut in line ahead of his older sister, Louise.
  15. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor: The teenager, whom you may remember as a bridesmaid in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, is in line for the throne after her younger brother.
  16. Princess Anne: As the queen’s second child, Anne was third in line for the throne at the time of her birth — but being a girl meant that both of the princess royal’s younger brothers, Andrew and Edward, would later surpass her in the succession line.
  17. Peter Phillips: Princess Anne’s son is in line ahead of his younger sister, Zara.
  18. Savannah Phillips: Peter’s 6-year-old daughter, Savannah, is next in line.
  19. Isla Phillips: Five-year-old Isla follows her sister, Savannah.
  20. Zara Tindall: Zara Tindall (née Phillips), who is Princess Anne’s only daughter and is married to former English rugby player Mike Tindall, is next in line.
  21. Mia Tindall: Zara and Mike’s daughter, who they welcomed in January 2014, is next in line behind her mother.
  22. Lena Tindall: The couple’s second daughter, who they welcomed in June 2018, follows Mia in line.
  23. Lucas Tindall: Rounding out the list, Zara and Mike’s son is 23rd in line.

Lydia Livingston

Lydia is the newest member of the Genesis Brand family and has fit into the culture seamlessly. After graduating college, three years ago, Lydia made the transition to west coast life after her early years in NYC. She's an avid tennis player, animal rights activist and aspiring vegan chef.

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