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A Breakdown of the Royal Line of Succession

By Michael Feb 7, 2024

The royal line of succession has been shaken up and moved around — but where do members of the British royal family stand when it comes to their place in line to the throne?

Queen Elizabeth II had been head of the Commonwealth since 1952 when she died in September 2022 at the age of 96, making her the longest-reigning British monarch in history. She and the late Prince Philip‘s eldest son, King Charles III, was officially anointed king at his coronation ceremony in May 2023.

Prince William follows close behind Charles as next in line for the throne. Though it would seem Prince Harry would be after his older brother, he was bumped back following the birth of William and Princess Kate Middleton‘s children.

When Kate and William welcomed their first child, Prince George, in July 2013, the little one took the spot above his uncle. The Cambridges later welcomed Princess Charlotte in May 2015 and Prince Louis in April 2018, who then entered spots three and four, respectively.

Harry, who is currently fifth in line, is followed by his children, Archie and Lilibet, whom he shares with Meghan Markle.

Scroll down to see where each royal stands in line for the throne.

King Charles III
The former Prince of Wales became king after Queen Elizabeth II died in September 2022.
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Prince William
The Duke of Cambridge is now first in line for the throne. 
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Prince George
Upon the arrival of Kate and William’s firstborn, Prince Harry was bumped down, and his place in line kept creeping down as the brood of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge expanded.
Princess Charlotte
And then came a girl! Charlotte stands ahead of her younger brother, Louis, due to a U.K. Parliament law passed in 2013 — when Kate was pregnant with the little one — that allows the succession of siblings to be decided by age, opposed to gender. Prior to that, rules meant that an older sister would be preceded by her younger brother.
Prince Louis
The youngest of Kate and William’s children still precedes Harry.
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Prince Harry
Coming in at fifth is the former military pilot, who will continue to fall further down the line should Kate and William have more children.
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Prince Archie
Here comes Archie! Harry and Meghan’s baby boy is sixth in line to the throne.
After Charles became king in September 2022, his grandchildren automatically inherited prince and princess titles, according to a 1917 rule by King George V. Harry and Meghan’s firstborn is officially known as Prince Archie of Sussex, which was first confirmed in March 2023.
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Princess Lilibet
Harry and Meghan’s second child, daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, is seventh in line to the throne.
The royal family confirmed in March 2023 that Lilibet will use the “Princess Lilibet of Sussex” title now that her grandfather Charles is the reigning monarch.
Prince Andrew
With an age difference of nearly 60 years, Prince Andrew — who is the brother of Prince Charles — falls in the eighth spot below Lili.
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Princess Beatrice
Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York’s eldest daughter, Beatrice, follows her father. 
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Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi
In September 2021, Princess Beatrice welcomed her first child, a baby girl, with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The little one is now 10th in line for the throne after Beatrice.
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Princess Eugenie
The arrival of her sister’s daughter bumped Eugenie, who is Andrew’s youngest child, into the No. 11 spot.
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August Philip Hawke Brooksbank
Twelfth in line is Princess Eugenie’s first child, August, whom she welcomed with husband Jack Brooksbank in February 2021.
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Ernest George Ronnie Brooksbank
Eugenie and Brooksbank’s second son, born in May 2023, is 13th in line to the throne after his older brother, August. 
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Prince Edward
The late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Edward’s youngest son now sits in 14th place, followed by his two children, James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor in 15th and 16th place, respectively. Edward was named the Duke of Edinburgh in March 2023 nearly two years after Philip’s death.
After his father became the Duke of Edinburgh, a lifetime appointment, James inherited the Earl of Wessex title.
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Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
Louise comes after her father, Edward, in the line of succession, making her 16th in line for the throne.
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Princess Anne
Although Anne, Princess Royal is the second eldest child of the Queen and Philip, she follows behind all of her brothers and their families in 17th place based on a now-changed rule by parliament that previously stated the royal line was based on gender before age.
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