With the sad news that Britain’s iconic queen and longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has died, many minds are naturally turning to the question of what comes next for the monarchy.
The line of succession has shifted with the ascension of the Queen’s eldest son and heir, former Prince Charles. While many of us are aware that Charles’s son, Prince William, will now take the throne, there are a number of royal relatives whose positions are less well known.
Do you want to know where Princess Charlotte stands in the line of succession?
Princess Anne, how about you? And how did the children of the Sussexes influence the order? If you’re interested in learning more about the royal family’s hierarchy, continue reading for the full line of succession from Prince William to George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews.
The palace confirms that Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. At the age of 27, the queen ascended to the throne in 1953. She was the world’s second-longest-serving sovereign and spent her entire life in the spotlight.
For many people in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, she represented stability as the twentieth and twenty-first centuries changed. When she died, her eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, ascended to the throne immediately.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen,” the new king said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace.
On Wednesday, the queen postponed a virtual meeting with Privy Council advisors on doctors’ advice to rest, according to reports. The palace said Thursday at 7:30 a.m. ET that the queen’s doctors were “concerned” about her health and recommended she remain under medical supervision at Balmoral, the family estate in Scotland. This April, Queen Elizabeth II turned 96.
The nation celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne, in June. She was the last woman standing in the line of succession for future generations. Following Charles is Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Charles’ son with Princess Diana. Prince George, Prince William’s son with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is next.
Prince Philip, the monarch’s husband, died in 2021 at the age of 99. They had been married for more than 73 years. Here are the most recent live updates on the queen’s death and what will happen next.