10 Royals in the Line of Succession to the British Throne


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Curious as to who’s the next in line to take the throne? Keep reading to find out.

1. Prince Charles

Prince Charles
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Prince Charles of Wales is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and the first in line to take the throne upon the Queen’s death.

FUN FACTS:
-He was the first royal baby born at Buckingham Palace in the 20th century.
-He can play the cello and used to perform with the Trinity College Orchestra during his undergraduate years.
-His secret service name is “Unicorn.”
-He wrote a children’s book titled The Old Man of Lochnagar. The book is based on stories he used to tell his younger brothers. It later became an animated short film.
-There’s a frog named after him to recognize his rainforest conservation work. This newly discovered endangered species of Ecuadorian tree frog bears the name Hyloscirtus princecharlesi, which means Prince Charles stream treefrog.

2. Prince William

Prince William
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Also known as the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William is the older of Prince Charles’ two sons and the next in line to take the throne after his father.

FUN FACTS:
-His full title is His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. Whew, that was a mouthful!
-He has achieved the highest educational degree, Masters of Arts, of any member of the royal family.
-He began training in September 2014 to become an air ambulance pilot.
-He has a degree in geography.

3. Prince George

Prince George
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Even though he’s just five years old (he’ll turn 6 on July 22), Prince George of Cambridge is the next in line to the throne after his father, Prince William.

FUN FACT: Had he been born just two years earlier as a girl, he — or she, I should say — would not have been able to inherit the throne. That’s because prior to October 2011, there was a rule in place which stated that daughters could only inherit the British throne if there were no living sons.

4. Princess Charlotte

Prince William Kate Middlet
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Next in line after her big brother, George, is Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. She is the second child of Prince William and Kate Middleton. She just turned four years old on May 2, 2019.

FUN FACTS:
-Her full name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
-Her nickname is Lottie.
-She loves olives, cooking, and dancing.
-Her favorite color is pink.
-She’s bilingual. She has a Spanish nanny and has picked up on the language — at least some of it anyway.
-She’s the “boss” of her other siblings.

5. Prince Louis

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Born just last year (April 23, 2018), Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge is the youngest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and is the next in line to inherit the throne after his big sister Charlotte.

FUN FACTS:
-He is named after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his grandfather’s mentor, Louis Mountbatten, who was killed by a bomb in 1979.
-The ‘s’ on the end of his first name is silent. Therefore, his name should be pronounced the French way (Lou-EE) and not the American way (Lou-ISS).

6. Prince Harry

Prince Harry
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The younger of Prince Charles’ two sons, Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne. Although he’s often referred to as Harry, his real name is Henry Charles Albert David.

FUN FACTS:
-His full title is His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.
-He’s also known as the Duke of Sussex.
-He’s the founder of the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for injured servicemen and women.
-He replaced his uncle as a Counsellor of State on September 15, 2005. As a counselor, he, along with Prince Philip and three other adult members of the royal family in the line of succession, has the task of carrying out the duties of the Queen in her absence.

7. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

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Born just last month, Archie Harrison is the son of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, and is the youngest in line to the throne.

FUN FACTS:
-He is the first biracial baby to be in line to the throne.
-He is the first British-American royal baby.
-Even though his mother is American, he’s a British citizen and will have to apply at the U.S. consulate for American citizenship.
-Unlike other members of the royal family, Archie was given a name his parents loved rather than a traditional royal name.

8. Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew
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The third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth II and younger brother of Prince Charles, Prince Andrew is eighth in line to the British throne.

FUN FACTS:
-He’s also known as the Duke of York. He was given a dukedom by the Queen on his wedding day. He married Sarah Ferguson — better known to most as Fergie (no, not the singer) — on July 23, 1986. They divorced ten years later in 1996.
-After spending twenty years in the Navy, he’s now a full-time royal and spends his time carrying out official engagements and representing the Queen and Great Britain abroad.

9. Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice
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Princess Beatrice of York is the older of Prince Andrew’s two daughters.

FUN FACTS:
-She is the first royal to complete the London Marathon.
-She played a lady-in-waiting in the 2009 film, The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria. The film was produced by Martin Scorsese and her mother, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
-She’s an Uber user. Not only that, she’s been spotted sharing an Uber with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. She even vacationed with the Hollywood couple in St. Tropez.

10. Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie
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Princess Eugenie of York is the younger of Prince Andrew’s two daughters and is tenth in line to the British throne.

FUN FACTS:
-She doesn’t like being called Princess. “I don’t like talking about it much and find it annoying when people say things like, ‘Oh, you’re the princess’,” she told The Telegraph, according to Reader’s Digest.
-She leads a normal life (This shouldn’t be surprising since she doesn’t like being called “Princess”). She works out, cooks, and watches TV.
-She doesn’t work for the Queen. She doesn’t perform any royal duties on behalf of Her Majesty, plus she isn’t supported financially by the royal family, although she at one time lived on the grounds of the Kensington Palace estate in London.
-She loves art. In fact, she’s a director at the London art gallery Hauser and Wirth.

CONCLUSION

So, there you have it. These are the ten people in line to take the British throne. Thanks for reading!

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