Charles, formerly Prince of Wales, has become King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the other 14 countries of the Commonwealth of Nations at age 73, taking the regnal name of Charles III.
If he dies, the throne will be claimed by one of a few heirs in the line of succession. What’s the order of succession to the British throne after the death of Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022?
According to British law, the throne is inherited by the eldest legitimate son of the previous successor (for heirs born before 2011). If it is not possible, the eldest daughter succeeds to the throne, which was the case with Elizabeth II becoming Queen because her father George VI had no sons.
Further along in the line of inheritance, children are followed by brothers and sisters. Sons have always been counted before daughters but remained in the line of succession, which means that the eldest brother’s daughter had a preference over the younger brother’s son.
In 2011, the law was changed, so that now male heirs have no preference in inheritance but only if they were born after October 28, 2011.
Now, after the death of Elizabeth II and the coronation of Charles III, the line of succession looks as follows:
- (1) Prince William, Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge (Charles’ eldest son)
- (2) George (William’s son)
- (3) Charlotte (William’s daughter)
- (4) Louis (William’s son)
- (5) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (Charles’ younger son)
- (6) Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (Harry’s son)
- (7) Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor (Harry’s daughter)
- (8) Prince Andrew, Duke of York (Elizabeth’s third child and second son, Charles’ brother)
- (9) Beatrice (Andrew’s eldest daughter)
- (10) Eugenie (Andrew’s younger daughter)
- (11) Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (Elizabeth’s youngest son, Charles’ brother)
- (12) James (Edward’s son)
- (13) Louise (Edward’s daughter)
- (14) Anne, Princess Royal (Elizabeth’s and second child, Charles’ sister)
- (15) Peter Phillips (Anne’s eldest son)
These are only the first 15 names in the line, which is much longer and includes other Anne’s children, as well as descendants of Margaret, the deceased sister of Elizabeth II.
However, the line will change depending on future children to be born by the heirs, therefore it won’t be too long.