On Feb. 9, 2021, Britain’s princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child, a son. With such a milestone, Wonderwall.com couldn’t help but wonder… where does their baby fall in line for the throne? Join us as we take a look at the first 27 royals of the house of Windsor who are in the line of succession… beginning with the eldest of Queen Elizabeth II’s children, Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales is first in line and will become Britain’s new monarch when the queen passes away. Upon Charles’ ascension to the throne, however, royal watchers say his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will most likely not take the title of Queen Camilla — though she’ll technically be the queen consort — because of lingering bad blood following her and Charles’ affair during his marriage to the late Princess Diana. Instead, Camilla will most likely be known as the princess consort. Keep reading to see who’s next in this regal line…
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Upon the death of Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, William will ascend the throne and be crowned king. Unlike Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, however, William’s wife is expected to be crowned queen consort, meaning she’ll hold the title of queen but will not have the privilege of ruling. Many surmise that Kate will be known as Queen Catherine upon William’s coronation.
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Third in line to the throne is young Prince George, who will be crowned king upon the death of his father, Prince William. While that day is many years in the future, it’s interesting to note that the youngest monarch ever crowned in British history was King Henry VI, who ascended to the throne when he was only 8 months and 26 days old.
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Following her brother in the line of succession is Princess Charlotte, who is fourth in line to the British crown. While not completely unlikely, her chance at actually holding the highest seat in the monarchy is low, requiring her brother to die or renounce the throne before he has children. Thanks to a law passed in 2011 by Parliament, the long-held practice of male-heir preference officially ended, meaning that even though Duchess Kate and Prince William’s third child is a boy, Charlotte will not be skipped (which is what happened to Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter, Princess Anne).
Prince William and Duchess Kate’s third child — a son born on April 23, 2018 — is fifth in line for the British throne. Prince Louis will only be crowned king in the event that both of his siblings pass away (or renounce the throne) before they start families of their own.
Sixth in the royal line of succession is Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry. The Duke of Sussex, who married Meghan Markle in 2018, is not likely to ever be crowned king, as it would take the tragic passing of Prince William and all of his heirs — a horrible thing to even think about — to happen for Harry to succeed. Though Harry and wife Duchess Meghan exited as senior working members of the royal family in 2020, he remains in the line of succession.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s first-born child, son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor — who arrived on May 6, 2019 — is seventh in line to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, is eighth in line to the throne and likely to get bumped further down over the next few years. That’s because any more of Prince Harry’s future children will fall in line behind him, pushing Andrew down the list. In the meantime, it’s unlikely that Andrew, the Duke of York, will ever actually wear the crown.
Ninth in line for the throne is Princess Beatrice of York, the daughter of Prince Andrew and ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York. Before Princess Charlotte’s birth on May 2, 2015, Beatrice was the highest ranking female in the royal line of succession. Although she grew up alongside cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, Beatrice is unlikely to ever actually be crowned queen.
Coming in 10th is Princess Beatrice’s little sister, Princess Eugenie. As one of the queen’s granddaughters, Eugenie has experienced all the highs and lows of life as a member of the British monarchy, including her October 2018 royal wedding to commoner Jack Brooksbank and the very public divorce of her parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank’s son, who was born on Feb. 9, 2021, is now 11th in the line of succession.
It must feel wildly unfair to be the actual son of the monarch and still be 12th in line for the throne. Such is the case for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Due to the line of succession, however, that’s the case and that means it’s highly improbable that Edward will ever be crowned king.
Following in his father’s footsteps and coming in at No. 13 in line for the throne is James, Viscount Severn, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Although he’s technically the youngest child in his family, he snagged a higher place on the list than his big sister, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, due to the archaic (and now defunct) rule that favored male over female heirs. Although the rules have changed, they only impact children born after 2011.
Fourteenth in line for the throne is Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, eldest child of Prince Edward, Earl of Essex, and granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth II. As previously mentioned, Louise got robbed of her rightful spot as the 11th in line to the throne because Britain’s former line of succession rules favored boys over girls (until the rule changed in 2011), so her spot went to her little brother, James, Viscount Severn. She’s probably not too mad about it, though, as neither she nor her brother are likely to ever be crowned king or queen.
As the second-born child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Princess Anne’s rightful place in the line of succession should have been eighth, a spot currently held by her younger brother, Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Instead, the Princess Royal is in 15th place due to archaic rules that, until 2011, favored male heirs.
No. 16 in line for the throne is Peter Phillips, who holds no official royal title, though he is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and the son of Princess Anne. Peter wasn’t afforded a title because of the tradition that only fathers can pass titles to their children, not mothers.
Coming in right behind her father in the No. 17 spot in line for the crown is young Savannah Phillips, the great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, granddaughter of Princess Anne and daughter of Peter Phillips.
The 18th royal family member in line for the throne is little Isla Phillips, the youngest daughter of Peter Phillips, granddaughter of Princess Anne and great-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Like big sister Savannah Phillips, it’s unlikely Isla will ever ascend the throne, but she’s got the distinct privilege of growing up alongside the future king, Prince George.
Coming in at No. 19 is Zara Tindall (née Phillips), the younger sister of Peter Phillips and daughter of Princess Anne. Zara is an award-winning Olympic equestrian and a mother of two — soon to be three in 2021 — with her husband, retired rugby player Mike Tindall.
Zara Tindell’s eldest daughter, Mia Tindall, is currently 20th in line for the British throne. Rather than thoughts of one day ruling, she’s more concerned with playdates with her second cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, as well as her first cousins, Savannah and Isla Phillips.
Zara Tindall’s second daughter with former rugby star husband Mike Tindall, Lena Tindall, became the 20th royal in line to the throne upon her birth in June 2018.
David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon (also known as David Linley), is currently 22nd in line to the British throne. He is the nephew of Queen Elizabeth II and the son of Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, who passed away in 2002. While he grew up alongside Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, David followed a different path in his adult life. He became a renowned furniture maker and once served as the chairman of Christie’s, the elite auction house.
In the 23rd spot is David Armstrong-Jones’s son, Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (the father and son are seen together here in 2016). A viscount is a nobleman who is one level below an earl and one above a baron. In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II named Charles her Page of Honour, a ceremonious title typically bestowed upon teenage sons of members of the royal family.
The 24th person in line for the throne is Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, the youngest child of David Armstrong-Jones. In 2011 when Margarita was only 8 years old, she served as one of Duchess Kate’s bridesmaids.
Princess Margaret’s daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto, is in the 25th spot. As the niece of Queen Elizabeth II and the sister of David Armstrong-Jones, Sarah experienced all the pomp and circumstance that came with growing up in the inner circle of the royal family. However, as an adult, Sarah has chosen to live a more low-key life out of the spotlight. Even though she’s a lesser known royal, she is still quite close to her aristocratic family. Sarah lives with her husband and children — when they come home from college — in London’s Kensington neighborhood and is a close friend and confidant of the queen.
Coming in behind his mother in 26th place is Samuel Chatto, the son of Lady Sarah Chatto and the grandson of the late Princess Margaret.
Right behind big brother Samuel Chatto in the No. 27 spot for the throne is Arthur Chatto, the hunky son of Lady Sarah Chatto and grandson of the queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret. Dubbed “the royal family’s heartthrob,” the college student is known for sharing shirtless workout pictures on Instagram that have earned him a dedicated following of adoring fans.
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