- Before 2013, male siblings would move in front of their sisters in line of succession, regardless of their age, however that rule was changed.
- Prince Andrew started out as second in line of succession, however since his older brother started getting children and grandchildren, he began falling off and is currently sitting in 8th place.
- Prince Harry recently decided to step back as a member of the royal family, however he did not lose his right to the throne.
Several factors determine succession to the British throne. First, it is by descent, then sex, legitimacy, and finally, religion. The crown is inherited by the children of the ruler, or in the cases when the sovereign does not have children, by their nearest collateral line. Currently, Queen Elizabeth is the sovereign of the United Kingdom, and her heir is her son Charles, Prince of Wales. He will be succeeded by his son, Prince William, who is the Duke of Cambridge.
Some other things are worth noting about the line of succession. Only the first six people in line require the consent of the sovereign before they get married to their partners. If they do not get it, they lose the right to succession. The first four people in the line of succession can also become Counsellors of State, but only if they are older than 21. They can then perform some of the duties of the ruler, if they are currently out of the country, or are not able to. Besides that, the people waiting in the line of succession do not have any specific tasks or roles. Now we will name the ten next successors that are in line for the British throne.
10. Princess Eugenie of York
Born in 1990, Princess Beatrice is Andrew's second daughter. Her true interests, however, are much farther than the Royal family. She is interested in fine art, and all of her jobs have been tied to that world. Currently, she is working as a director at an art gallery in London. Despite that, she can be regularly seen at various royal events. She even had her royal wedding in 2018.
9. Princess Beatrice Of York
Born in 1988, Princess Beatrice is Andrew's eldest daughter. Since Prince Andrew never had sons, his daughters were next in the line of succession after him even before the Succession to the Crown Act in 2013. Beatrice is highly educated and has always shown interest in charity work. She also fights to support women in leadership positions.
8. Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Born in 1960, Prince Andrew is Queen Elizabeth's second son. He started as the second in line of succession but is currently sitting at the eighth spot. Quite unlucky! He is a vice admiral in the Royal Navy and served during the Falklands War. He married Sarah Ferguson in 1986, and they divorced in 1996, which attracted large amounts of media coverage.
7. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Born in 2019, Archie is the son of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Although he was given no royal title, he is still considered seventh in line of succession to the throne. Interestingly, he is a citizen of both the United Kingdom and the United States. Although he doesn't hold a title now, which was the wish of his parents, once his grandfather sits on the throne, Archie will get the title of Prince.
6. Prince Harry of Wales
Born in 1984, Prince Harry is Charles' second son. Just recently, Harry and his wife, Meghan, decided to step back as members of the royal family. However, this does not change the fact that Harry is the sixth in line for the succession of the British throne. The real odds of that happening are very low, but his right remains.
Harry has been a prince since birth, and nothing can change that, and he was even third in line before his brother got a son. He and his wife still retain the titles of His Royal Highness and Her Royal Highness.
5. Prince Louis Of Cambridge
Born in 2018, Prince Louis is the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He is responsible for pushing his uncle, Prince Harry, out from the fifth position in line to the throne of Britain. However, we have a feeling that Harry doesn't mind.
4. Princess Charlotte Of Cambridge
Born in 2015, Princess Charlotte is the second child of Prince William. She was born on May 2nd and maintained the fourth position in line for the succession of the throne. She would have lost her spot to her younger brother, but in 2013, the rules were changed. Until then, the rule was that any male sibling would move ahead of his sisters, no matter if they are older or younger.
But in 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act was brought that changed that rule. Charlotte's first public appearance was in 2016, and her photographs continue to cause a media frenzy.
3. Prince George Of Cambridge
Born in 2013, Prince George is William's oldest son. Since he is expected to become the king of Britain one day, his birth was celebrated across the country. For being such a small child, he is extremely popular. Every single one of his public appearances is met with huge numbers of paparazzi taking pictures.
This led to his parents asking all media to stop taking unauthorized photos of their child. George even met U.S. President Barack Obama in 2016, when he was three years old. He is also known for his fashion style and the "Prince George effect." This means that products and clothes worn by him tend to sell better than they used to.
2. Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge
Born in 1982, Prince William is Charles' eldest son. His mother was Diana, the former princess of Wales. He has been second in line of succession to the throne since his birth. He is highly educated and extremely popular in his country. He completed pilot training and became a full-time pilot in 2009.
Once he ended his service with the British Armed Forces, he became a civil pilot and worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. He married Catherine Middleton in 2011, and they have three children together. All of them follow after William as the next in line for the succession on the throne.
1. Prince Charles, Prince Of Wales
Born in 1948, Prince Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth. He has been the Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay for over 60 years and is the oldest heir in the history of Britain. He is possibly most well known for his marriage to Princess Diana that ended in their divorce and then her tragic death.
He and Diana had two sons, William and Harry, and both of them are successors to the throne as well. Charles remarried in 2005, to his long-time partner Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles is an environmentalist and tries to raise awareness of climate change.