The Royal line of succession—the official placement of all the potential heirs to the throne

Here is a rundown of the updated royal line of succession for the UK's Royal Family, of all of the royals who could become King or Queen

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The Royal Family is made up of a number of Queen Elizabeth II's descendants, here is a breakdown of the updated royal line of succession which includes all of the potential Kings and Queens.


The royal line of succession was updated just last year by the official royal family website. This means the list now includes Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's first child together, Sienna, who was born in early summer 2021.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson previously revealed that the list is, “updated periodically.” This is likely to include all of the recent royal births. Throughout this year various members of the royal family have given birth, further extending the line of succession to the British throne. 

Although many of the royal family members are unlikely to ever receive the crown, the royal line of succession is part of the sovereign rules that dictate who would be placed on the throne in case of abdication or death.

Here's the rundown of the members of the royal family who are top in the royal line of succession.

The official Royal Family line of succession

1. The Prince of Wales

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Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, is the first in the line of succession for the British throne. Prince Charles is married to Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall. 

His children from his first marriage to Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, and Prince William follow him in the line of succession for the throne.

2. The Duke of Cambridge

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The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is next in line to the throne. As the oldest child of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, he will succeed Prince Charles as the King when his father dies.

This means that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton will one day become the Queen consort when her husband becomes King.

3. Prince George of Cambridge

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Third in the royal line of succession is Prince George, as the oldest of Prince William and Duchess Kate's children, Prince George will take the throne once his father, Prince William, dies. 

4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

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Princess Charlotte is the next in line to the royal line of succession. Male heirs used to leapfrog over their elder sister's claim to the throne but the traditions around this changed before Charlotte's birth. 

This is why Princess Anne is placed after her younger brothers in the royal line of succession, but Charlotte is not. Princess Charlotte is higher in the royal line of succession than her younger brother Prince Louis. 

5. Prince Louis of Cambridge

Duchess Kate and Prince William's youngest child Prince Louis is the next in line to the throne after his older siblings. Prince Louis is the fifth in the royal line of succession.

6. The Duke of Sussex

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The sixth in line for the throne is the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry. Prince Harry is next in the royal line of succession after his brother's three children.

7. Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

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Next in the line of succession is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's oldest son Archie. Archie is the first royal in the line of succession without a royal title.

8. Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor

Meghan and Harry's daughter Lilibet is the eighth in the royal line of succession. Lilibet Diana was born in June 2021 and like her brother, does not have an official royal title.

9. The Duke of York

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The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, is next in the royal line of succession after Prince Harry and Meghan's children.

The Duke of York is the third-born child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Although he is younger than his sister Princess Anne, the traditions at the time dictated that Prince Andrew was placed higher in the royal line of succession than his elder sister.

10. Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

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Princess Beatrice, who is also known as Mrs. Mapelli Mozzi is the tenth in the line of royal succession. She is the oldest daughter of the Duke of York and is ahead of her sister Princess Eugenie in line for the throne.

11. Miss Sienna Mapelli Mozzi 

Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi was born on September 18, 2021, much to the delight of her parents Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and her older half-brother Wolfie Mapelli Mozzi. She is currently eleventh in line to the throne but an official image of the youngster has yet to be released.

12. Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank

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Princess Eugenie, also known as Mrs. Jack Brooksbank, is the twelfth in the royal line of succession. Princess Eugenie is the youngest child of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

13. Master August Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie's son Master August Brooksbank is the twelfth member of the royal family in the royal line of succession. 

August was born in February 2021, and currently, there are not very many photos of the royal child as the Princess prefers to keep her son out of the spotlight.

14. The Earl of Wessex

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The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, is the youngest child of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Prince is fourteenth in the royal line of succession. Prince Edward and his wife the Countess of Wessex have two children who follow the Prince in the line of succession.

15. Viscount Severn

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James, Viscount Severn, is the youngest child of Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex.

The Viscount is 13 years old and as the first son of Prince Edward, he is the first of the Prince's children to be in line for succession.

16. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

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Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor is the sixteenth in line for the British throne. Lady Louise is the eldest of Prince Edward's children but the rules about the male heirs leapfrogging their female siblings had not been introduced when Louise was born.

17. The Princess Royal

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The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, is the sixteenth in the royal line of succession. 

Princess Anne is the second-born of the Queen's children and the only daughter of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II.

18. Mr. Peter Phillips

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Peter Phillips is the eldest child and only son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips. 

Peter is eightteenth in the royal line of succession ahead of his sister Zara.

19. Miss Savannah Phillips

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Savannah Phillips is the oldest child of Mark Phillips and his ex-wife Autumn Phillips.

Savannah is the eldest of the Queen's great-grandchildren and also Princess Anne's oldest grandchild.

20. Miss Isla Phillips

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Isla Phillips is the youngest child of Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips, and is twentieth in the royal line of succession. 

21. Zara Tindall,  Mrs. Michael Tindall

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Zara Tindall, also known as Mrs. Michael Tindall, is the next in the royal line of succession. Zara is twenty-first in line after her brother Mark's children.

22. Miss Mia Tindall

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Mia Tindall is Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall's eldest child and first daughter. Mia is the twenty-second in the line of royal succession.

23. Miss Lena Tindall

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Miss Lena Tindall is the second child and second daughter of Mike Tindall and Zara Tindall. Lena is twenty-third in the royal line of succession. 

24. Master Lucas Tindall

Twenty-fourth in the royal line of succession is Master Lucas Tindall, the youngest of Zara Tindall's children.

Lucas was born in May 2021, there are very few photographs of this young member of the royal family. 

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