Current Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen is the longest reigning living monarch in the world and is also the longest reigning monarch in British history.
Elizabeth II became Britain’s Queen at the age of just 25 after the death of her beloved father George VI on 6 February 1952.
For many Britons, it is hard to imagine a future without their devoted Queen who has advised 13 Prime Ministers over more than 65 years.
Heir Apparent: Prince Charles
At 70-years-old, the Prince of Wales is the longest serving heir in UK history and would become the oldest ever British monarch to take the throne on accession.
He has waited for decades to succeed his mother on the throne, but if he does become king, his wife, Camilla, will not be queen, after their extramarital affair when he was married to the popular late Princess Diana. Camilla would instead be known as the princess consort.
Charles has never spoken about the possibility of stepping aside to make way for William, to do so would break with royal protocol.
Second-in-line: Prince William
Some royalists believe that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge would be better suited as king and queen and could help to cement the royals’ future.
William enjoys better approval ratings than his father and is almost as popular as the Queen.
A 2016 poll found that 79 per cent of Britons support William, while just 60 per cent are in favour of Charles. The Queen garners 81 per cent approval.
Third-in-line: Prince George
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first-born son will one day be King George VII, meaning that anyone alive today is unlikely to see another Queen on the throne in their lifetime once Elizabeth II’s reign is over.
It could have been different if Prince George was born second, however, as the Succession to the Crown Act made it so that males born after 2011 no longer have precedence over their elder female siblings.
Previously, princes always took precedence over princesses.
Fourth-in-line: Princess Charlotte
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge is now the fourth in line to the throne.
While she is technically the spare heir, it is far from impossible that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child could one day wear the crown herself, particularly if her brother, Prince George, fails to have children.
If Princess Charlotte does become queen, she will be the first to claim the throne since the law relating to the line of succession was changed in 2013.
Fifth-in-line: Prince Louis
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child, a baby boy weighing 3.8 kg, on 23 April, 2018 at St Mary’s Hospital in London.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth of Louis Arthur Charles.
Prince Louis (pronounced Lou-ee, not Lou-iss) is fifth in line to the throne.
Sixth-in-line: Prince Harry
Prince Harry is fifth-in-line to the throne. He was previously third, but has been pushed down the line of succession by his niece and nephews.
The flame-haired prince says no Royal wants to be King or Queen — but they would do it for “the greater good”.
The 34-year-old said: “Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”
Seventh-in-line: Baby Sussex
The new baby is seventh in the line of succession.
That makes it very unlikely that he will ever make it to the throne, as grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William and his children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and then dad Harry are all in line first, in that order.
Eight-in-line: Prince Andrew
Once second in line to the throne, Prince Andrew, is now so far down the list that he is no longer part of the “core” Royal family that will share the burden of official engagements in the future.
His daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, are no longer entitled to police bodyguards, which now have to be funded by Prince Andrew.
Ninth-in-line: Princess Beatrice
Princess Beatrice has struggled desperately with the problem of how to combine a royal title with a need to find work.
The 30-year-old is to become a business consultant after turning her back on her fourth job in five years.
She is often criticised for taking multiple holidays abroad and has been accused of being “workshy” by the British public.
Tenth-in-line: Princess Eugenie
The Duke of York’s younger daughter, who got married last year, shrewdly moved to New York to work as an auctions manager in 2014 to escape public scrutiny.
She undertakes occasional public duties but her life in New York has given her a level of normality that other members of the Royal family often crave.
Eleventh-in-line: Prince Edward
Having failed to complete his Royal Marines commando training, Prince Edward, became a case study in the pitfalls of trying to earn a living when your mother is the Queen.
He had a career in TV production early on but incurred the fury of his brother, Prince Charles, when a camera crew employed by him unwittingly broke the terms of an agreement to leave Prince William alone during his time at university.
He is now a full-time working royal.
Twelfth-in-line: James, Viscount Severn
The Queen’s youngest grandson, James, is the son of Prince Edward and while he is 12th in line to the throne, the 11-year-old does not hold a royal title and is styled as the son of an earl.
Under the 1917 letters patent, all male-line grandchildren of the monarch would be styled with a princely title and HRH.
However, when his parents married in 1999, they wanted a normal life as possible for their children and the Queen granted their request to drop the HRH title.
Thirteenth-in-line: Lady Louise Mounbatten-Windsor
Lady Louise Windsor is the elder child and only daughter of Prince Edward.
In a previous interview, Louise’s mom, Sophie, revealed her daughter just recently realised her grandmother is the queen of England.
“For Louise, actually, it was much more of a shock to the system,” Sophie explained. “She was coming home from school and saying, ‘Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen.'”