The world is all a twitter about Britain’s new little prince.
A baby boy weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces was born to Catherine Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at 4:24 pm local time on Monday, July 23. As the third great-grand child of Queen Elizabeth, and first grandchild to Prince Charles, this yet unnamed infant is already the most famous baby in the world.
For those of us here in the United States, understanding what how this baby fits into the royal line can be confusing. So, while baby and mama recuperate, and the world waits for the name of the little prince, I’ll take a few moments to explain the line of succession.
The Royal Family and Line of Succession
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II currently sits on the throne as the monarch of Great Britain. She ascended to the throne at the age of 25 when her father, King George VI passed away.
Queen Elizabeth and her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, have 4 children. The eldest of the Queen’s children, His Royal Highness Prince Chalres, Prince of Wales is first in line to the throne. Charles’ siblings are Her Royal Higness Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, His Royal Highness Andrew, Duke of York, and His Royal Highness Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Prince Chalres married Diana, Princess of Wales and together they had 2 sons, Princes William and Harry. At their births, the princes became third and fourth in line for the throne, respectively. However, in April 2011 William married Kate Middleton, earning them the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Any children of the Duke and Duchess will fall in line before Harry in succession to the throne. Which means that Harry now places as 4th in line behind his father, brother, and brand new nephew.
The farther you move down the line of succession, the more confusing it can get. Following Harry comes his uncle, Andrew, Duke of York and his children. Next in line behind that are Edward, Earl of Wessex and his young children. Princess Anne falls 11th in line with Anne’s daughter placing 14th in line to the throne after Anne’s son and his two children. The line continues down more than 40 places and continues to confuse and befuddle those of us who are not familiar with how it all works.
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