Next in line to the British throne
Queen Elizabeth II has ruled for longer than any other British monarch in history. In 2011, the Succession to the Crown Act changed the succession rules, which means that newborn male heirs will no longer rank above their older sisters in the line of succession – a nod towards equality.
1st: THE PRINCE OF WALES
As the Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles is heir apparent to the throne, which means his claim to the throne cannot be set aside by the birth of another heir. His other official titles include the Duke of Cornwall and, in Scotland, the Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.
2nd: THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE
During his gap year before beginning university, Prince William was a busy man: he undertook survival training with the Welsh Guards in Belize, volunteer work with Raleigh International in Chile, worked on a UK dairy farm and visited several African countries.
3rd: PRINCE GEORGE OF CAMBRIDGE
When George Alexander Louis Windsor was born on 22 July 2013, one of his presents was a rocking horse which was sent to him by Barack Obama; the two have since shaken hands. He’s quite a character – full of funny facial expressions that press photographers love.
4th: PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF CAMBRIDGE
Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on 2 May 2015. At her Christening in Sandringham, she was baptised with water from the River Jordan. Like her brother, father and Uncle Harry, she was born in the Lindo Wing in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.
5th: PRINCE HENRY OF WALES
Better known as Harry, the fifth in line to the throne is the patron of many charities and organisations, including the Invictus Games, which he also founded. He’ll move down the line of succession with each new child produced by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
6th: THE DUKE OF YORK
Born in 1960, Prince Andrew is the Queen’s second-eldest son, and was granted his dukedom by the Queen when he married Sarah Ferguson in 1986. He served in the Royal Navy for 22 years and during this time he worked as a helicopter pilot – just like his nephew.
7th: PRINCESS BEATRICE OF YORK
The Duke of York’s first child was born in 1988 – she works with charities helping to support young cancer patients and people with dyslexia. In 2010, she was the first member of the royal family to complete the London Marathon.
8th: PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK
The princess married wine merchant Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 at Windsor Castle. In the same year, Eugenie became the first young British royal to have a personal Instagram account, @PrincessEugenie.