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List of Succession to the British throne

The line of succession for the British monarchy is determined by primogeniture, whereby the eldest son of the incumbent inherits the throne, the line of succession then follows the descendants of the person in line before going on to consider their siblings. Sons are always considered before daughters, but daughters are included in the succession.

However, under law, the succession in the United Kingdom is not automatic. The Act of Settlement of (1701) specifies that the throne passes to the Heir of the Body (i.e., natural and not adopted children) of Electress Sophia of Hanover, provided that they are not Catholic and did not marry a Catholic. The latter two provisions have never been invoked to prevent someone from succeeding to the throne, and there is doubt regarding their validity under treaties which the United Kingdom has signed regarding religious discrimination.

In addition, it specifies that it is for Parliament to determine who should succeed to the throne, not the monarch.

Table of contents
1 Line of Succession
2 Footnote
3 External links
4 See also

Line of Succession

Anyone who is a Roman Catholic or who marries one is excluded from the throne. For the earlier part of the list (through Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia) they have been noted below as "skipped", but after that all descendants of Electress Sophia have been listed.

Current Monarch: Elizabeth II

  1. HRH The Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son ("Prince Charles")
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales, the Prince of Wales's elder son
  3. HRH Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales, the Prince of Wales's younger son
  4. HRH The Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth II's second son ("Prince Andrew")
  5. HRH Princess Beatrice of York, the Duke of York's elder daughter
  6. HRH Princess Eugenie of York, the Duke of York's younger daughter
  7. HRH The Earl of Wessex, Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son ("Prince Edward")
  8. HRH Princess Louise of Wessex, known as Lady Louise Windsor, The Earl of Wessex's daughter1
  9. HRH The Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth II's daughter ("Princess Anne")
  10. Peter Phillips, The Princess Royal's son
  11. Zara Phillips, The Princess Royal's daughter
  12. Viscount Linley, grandson of King George VI through his daughter Princess Margaret
  13. The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley's son
  14. The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley's daughter
  15. Lady Sarah Chatto, granddaughter of King George VI through Princess Margaret
  16. Samuel Chatto, son of Lady Sarah Chatto
  17. Arthur Chatto, son of Lady Sarah Chatto
  18. HRH The Duke of Gloucester, grandson of King George V through his son Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
  19. Earl of Ulster, son of the Duke of Gloucester
  20. Lady Davina Windsor, elder daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  21. Lady Rose Windsor, younger daughter of the Duke of Gloucester
  22. HRH The Duke of Kent, grandson of King George V through his son Prince George, Duke of Kent
  23. Lady Marina Charlotte Windsor, granddaughter of the Duke of Kent (skipped her father George, Earl of St. Andrews and her brother Edward, Baron Downpatrick)
  24. Lady Amelia Windsor, daughter of Lord St. Andrews
  25. Lady Helen Taylor, daughter of the Duke of Kent (skipped her brother, Lord Nicholas Windsor)
  26. Columbus Taylor, son of Lady Helen Taylor
  27. Cassius Taylor, son of Lady Helen Taylor
  28. Eloise Taylor, daughter of Lady Helen Taylor
  29. Lord Frederick Windsor, great-grandson of King George V through Prince George (skipped his father HRH Prince Michael of Kent)
  30. Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince Michael of Kent
  31. HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Oglivy, grandaughter of King George V through Prince George, Duke of Kent
  32. James Ogilvy, son of Princess Alexandra
  33. Alexander Ogilvy, son of James Ogilvy
  34. Flora Ogilvy, daughter of James Ogilvy
  35. Marina Mowatt, daughter of Princess Alexandra
  36. Christian Mowatt, son of Marina Mowatt
  37. Zenouska Mowatt, daughter of Marina Mowatt
  38. The Earl of Harewood, grandson of King George V through his daughter Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Hareward
  39. Viscount Lascelles, son of the Earl of Harewood
  40. The Hon. Alexander Lascelles, son of Viscount Lascelles
  41. The Hon. Edward Lascelles, son of Viscount Lascelles
  42. The Hon. James Lascelles, son of the Earl of Harewood
  43. Rowan Lascelles, son of James Lascelles
  44. Tewa Lascelles, son of James Lascelles
  45. Sophie Lascelles, daughter of James Lascelles
  46. The Hon. Jeremy Lascelles, son of the Earl of Harewood
  47. Thomas Lascelles, son of Jeremy Lascelles
  48. Ellen Lascelles, daughter of Jeremy Lascelles
  49. Amy Lascelles, daughter of Jeremy Lascelles
  50. Henry Lascelles, great-grandson of King George V through Princess Mary and her second son, the Hon. Gerald Lascelles
  51. Maximilian Lascelles, son of Henry Lascelles
  52. The Duke of Fife, great-grandson of King Edward VII through his daughter Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife
  53. Earl of Southesk, son of the Duke of Fife
  54. Lord Carnegie, son of Lord Southesk
  55. The Hon. George William Carnegie, son of Lord Southesk
  56. The Hon. Hugh Alexander Carnegie, son of Lorth Southesk
  57. Lady Alexandra Etherington, daughter of the Duke of Fife
  58. Amelia Mary Carnegie Etherington, daughter of Lady Alexandra Etherington
  59. HM King Harald V of Norway, great-grandson of King Edward VII through his daughter, Queen Maud of Norway
  60. HRH Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, son of King Harald
  61. Princess Mńrtha Louise of Norway, daughter of King Harald
  62. Maud Behn, daughter of Princess Mńrtha Louise
  63. Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen, sister of King Harald
  64. Olav Lorentzen, grandson of Princess Raghnild (skipped his father Haakon Lorentzen)
  65. Christian Lorentzen, son of Haakon Lorentzen
  66. Sophia Lorentzen, daughter of Haakon Lorentzen
  67. Victoria Ribeiro, grandaughter of Princess Ragnhild (skipped her mother Ingeborg Lorentzen)
  68. Ragnhild Lorentzen, daughter of Princess Ragnhild
  69. Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner, sister of King Harald
  70. Alexander Ferner, son of Princess Astrid
  71. Stella Ferner, daughter of Alexander Ferner
  72. Carl-Christian Ferner, son of Princess Astrid
  73. Cathrine Ferner Johansen, daughter of Princess Astrid
  74. Sebastian Ferner Johansen, daughter of Cathrine Johansen
  75. Madeleine Ferner Johansen, daughter of Cathrine Johansen
  76. Benedikte Ferner, daughter of Princess Astrid
  77. Elisabeth Ferner Beckman, daughter of Princess Astrid
  78. Benjamin Ferner Beckman, son of Elizabeth Ferner
  79. HRH Princess Margarita of Romania, great-great-great-grandaughter of Queen Victoria through her son Prince Alfred (skipped her father King Michael of Romania)
  80. HRH Princess Helen of Romania, Mrs. McAteer, daughter of King Michael
  81. Nicholas Medforth-Mills, son of Princess Helen
  82. Karina Medforth-Mills, daughter of Princess Helen
  83. HRH Princess Irina of Romania, Mrs. Kreuger, daughter of King Michael
  84. Michael Kreuger, son of Princess Irina
  85. Angelica Kreuger, daughter of Princess Irina
  86. Sophie de Laufenborg, daughter of King Michael
  87. Elisabeta-Maria de Laufenborg, daughter of Priness Sophie
  88. HRH Prince Peter of Yugoslavia, great-great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred (skipped his father Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia)
  89. HRH Prince Philip of Yugoslavia, son of Crown Prince Alexander
  90. HRH Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, son of Crown Prince Alexander
  91. HRH Prince Nikolas of Yugoslavia, great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred
  92. HRH Princess Marija of Yugoslavia, daughter of Prince Nikolas
  93. HRH Prince George of Yugoslavia, brother of Prince Nikolas
  94. HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, brother of Prince Nikolas
  95. HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, sister of Prince Nikolas
  96. Victoria de Silva, daughter of Princess Katarina
  97. HRH Prince Karl Wladimir of Yugoslavia, great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred
  98. HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, brother of Prince Karl Wladimir
  99. HRH Princess Maria Tatiana of Yugoslavia, Mrs. Thune-Larsen, sister of Prince Karl Wladimir
  100. Sonja Thune-Larsen, daughter of Princess Tatiana
  101. Olga Thune-Larsen, daughter of Princess Tatiana
  102. Ileana Snyder, great-great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, through Alfred, Queen Marie of Romania, and Princess Ileana of Romania, skipping a number of her Catholic relations.
  103. Alexander Snyder, son of Ileana
  104. Nicholas Snyder, son of Ileana
  105. Constanza Snyder, daughter of Isabella
  106. HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, great-great-grandaughter of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred
  107. HIH Grand Duke George Mikhailovitch of Russia, son of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
  108. HSH Princess CÚcilia of Leiningen, great-great-great-great-grandaughter of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred (skipped her father Prince Karl Emich of Leiningen)
  109. HSH Princess Theresa of Leiningen, daughter of Prince Karl Emich
  110. HSH Prince Andreas of Leiningen, brother of Prince Karl Emich
  111. HSH Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen, son of Prince Andreas
  112. HSH Prince Hermann of Leiningen, son of Prince Andreas
  113. HSH Princess Olga of Leiningen, daughter of Prince Andreas
  114. HSH Princess Melita of Leiningen, sister of Prince Karl Emich
  115. HSH Princess Stephanie of Leiningen, sister of Prince Karl Emich
  116. HSH Prince Boris of Leiningen, great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred
  117. HSH Prince Nicholas of Leiningen, son of Prince Boris
  118. HSH Prince Hermann of Leiningen, brother of Prince Boris
  119. HSH Princess Tatiana of Leiningen, daughter of Prince Hermann
  120. HSH Princess Nadia of Leiningen, daughter of Prince Hermann
  121. HSH Princess Alexandra of Leiningen, daughter of Prince Hermann
  122. HSH Princess Kira of Leiningen, great-great-grandaughter of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred
  123. HSH Princess Mechtild of Leiningen, great-great-grandaughter of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred
  124. Ulf Bauscher, son of Princess Mechtild
  125. Berthold Bauscher, son of Princess Mechtild
  126. Erik Bauscher, son of Berthold Bauscher
  127. Franka Bauscher, daughter of Berthold Bauscher
  128. Johann Bauscher, son of Princess Mechtild
  129. HRH Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, great-great-grandson of Victoria through Prince Alfred and his daughter Victoria Melita.
  130. Prince Philipp of Prussia, son of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
  131. Prince Paul Wilhelm of Prussia, son of Prince Philipp
  132. Princess Maria Luise of Prussia, daughter of Prince Philipp
  133. Princess Elisabeth of Prussia, daughter of Prince Philipp
  134. Princess Anna Sophie of Prussia, daughter of Prince Philipp
  135. Prince Friedrich Wilhelm (the younger) of Prussia, son of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm the elder
  136. Prince Joachim Albrecht of Prussia, son of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm the elder
  137. Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, daughter of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
  138. HRH Prince Michael of Prussia, brother of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm the elder
  139. Princess Micaela of Prussia, daughter of Prince Michael
  140. Maximilian Wessuly, son of Princess Micaela
  141. Princess Nataly of Prussia, daughter of Prince Michael
  142. HRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, nephew of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Prince Michael
  143. HRH Princess Cornelie-Cecile of Prussia, sister of Prince Georg Friedrich
  144. HRH Prince Christian Sigismund of Prussia, brother of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm and Prince Michael
  145. HRH Prince Christian Ludwig of Prussia, son of Prince Christian Sigismund
  146. HRH Princess Irina of Prussia, daughter of Prince Christian Sigismund
  147. HRH Princess Marie CÚcile of Prussia, Duchess Friedrich August of Oldenburg, sister of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
  148. HH Duke Paul Wladimir of Oldenburg, son of Princess Marie CÚcile
  149. HH Duke Kirill of Oldenburg, son of Prince Paul Wladimir
  150. HH Duchess Rixa of Oldenburg, daughter of Princess Marie CÚcile
  151. HH Duchess Bibiane of Oldenburg, daughter of Princess Marie CÚcile
  152. HRH Princess Kira of Prussia, Mrs. Thomas Liepsner, sister of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
  153. Kira-Marina Liepsner, daughter of Princess Kira
  154. Patrick Lithander, nephew of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
  155. Wilhelm Lithander, nephew of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm
  156. HSH The Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, great-great grandson of Queen Victoria through Prince Alfred and his daughter Alexandra
  157. HSH The Hereditary Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, son of the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
  158. HSH Princess Cecile of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Mrs. Cyril de Commarque, daughter of the Prince
  159. HSH Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, daughter of the Prince.

for even further down the line look here http://www.geocities.com/albersseecup2001/royal/qvd.htm - not a very well laid out page.

Due to the propensity of British monarchs to marry their cousins and second cousins, it is often the case that the consorts of monarchs are also in the line of succession.

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is also in the Line of Succession as a great-great grandson of Queen Victoria through his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. He is currently positioned at around 560th.

HM Queen Mary, consort of George V was also on the line of succession despite the fact she was a Queen consort. She was the great grandaughter of George III through her mother. As such she could have succeeded the throne as Queen regnant. This would be unlikely given her low position during her lifetime.

Footnote

1 Under 1917 Letters Patent all children and grandchildren of a sovereign are automatically styled His/Her Royal Highness. It was announced that the daughter of HRH the Earl of Wessex would be known simply as Lady Louise Windsor. In the absence of a new letter patent she remains, however HRH Princess Louise of Wessex, even though known in practice as Lady Louise Windsor. It is unclear if Buckingham Palace will be issuing a new letter patent on the issue.

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