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The British Line of Succession, From 1 to 25

An updated look at who will take the throne after Queen Elizabeth II.
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The Duchess of Cambridge just gave birth to her third child, Louis Arthur Charles, making a long-lasting impact on the British line to the throne.

Back in 2013, shortly before the birth of Prince George, the Succession to the Crown Act went into place, officially ending the rule that male offspring take precedence over their sisters in the order of succession. Thanks to the action, Princess Charlotte would remain fourth in line to the throne regardless of whether her little sibling was male or female, and Prince Louis is now fifth in line. (The Act applies to those born after October 28, 2011, so it won't retroactively change the line of succession; Princess Anne is older than her brothers Andrew and Edward but remains after them in the official royal order.)

Should the newly engaged Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have children (in their first sit-down interview as a couple, Harry said "hopefully we'll start a family in the near future"), they will bump Prince Andrew and his children down the line of succession.

But clearly, we're getting ahead of ourselves. In the meantime, read on for the full order from Prince Charles to the Duke of Gloucester.


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1. PRINCE CHARLES

Branch of the Family Tree: Oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II


2. PRINCE WILLIAM

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince Charles; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II


3. PRINCE GEORGE

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince William; grandson of Prince Charles; great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II

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4. PRINCESS CHARLOTTE

Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Prince William; granddaughter of Prince Charles; great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II


5. PRINCE LOUIS

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince William; grandson of Prince Charles; great-grandson of Queen Elizabeth II<

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth at 11:01 a.m. on Monday, April 23, at St. Mary's Hospital in London, Kensington Palace announced. Louis weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and the Duke of Cambridge was present for his birth.

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6. PRINCE HARRY

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince Charles; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II


7. PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORK

Branch of the Family Tree: Second oldest son of Queen Elizabeth II


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8. PRINCESS BEATRICE OF YORK

Branch of the Family Tree: Oldest daughter of Prince Andrew; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II

(Beatrice is pictured here with her father)


9. PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK

Branch of the Family Tree: Younger daughter of Prince Andrew; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II


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10. PRINCE EDWARD, EARL OF WESSEX

Branch of the Family Tree: Youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II


11. JAMES, VISCOUNT SEVERN

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Prince Edward; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II


12. LADY LOUISE MOUNTBATTEN-WINDSOR

Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Prince Edward; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II


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13. PRINCESS ANNE, THE PRINCESS ROYAL

Branch of the Family Tree: Only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II


14. PETER PHILLIPS

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Princess Anne; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II


15. SAVANNAH PHILLIPS AND 16. ISLA PHILLIPS

Branch of the Family Tree: Daughters of Peter Phillips; granddaughters of Queen Elizabeth II

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(Isla is pictured on the left and Savannah on the right)


17. ZARA TINDALL

Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Princess Anne; granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II


18. MIA TINDALL

Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of Zara Tindall; great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II


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19. DAVID ARMSTRONG-JONES, VISCOUNT LINLEY

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of the late Princess Margaret; nephew of Queen Elizabeth II

(pictured on the left)


20. CHARLES ARMSTRONG-JONES AND 21. MARGARITA ARMSTRONG-JONES

Branch of the Family Tree: Children of David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley; grand-nephew and -niece of Queen Elizabeth II


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22. LADY SARAH CHATTO

Branch of the Family Tree: Daughter of the late Princess Margaret; niece of Queen Elizabeth II


23. SAMUEL CHATTO

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Lady Sarah Chatto; grandnephew of Queen Elizabeth II


24. ARTHUR CHATTO

Branch of the Family Tree: Son of Lady Sarah Chatto; grandnephew of Queen Elizabeth II

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25. PRINCE RICHARD, DUKE OF GLOUCESTER

Branch of the Family Tree: Grandson of King George V, son of Henry, Duke of Gloucester, who was Queen Elizabeth II paternal uncle; cousin to the Queen.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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