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The line of succession to the British throne has changed several times in recent years as more and more royal babies are added to the family. Now, with the recent birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the line is shifting again. Although the couple stepped down from their senior royals roles last year, their children will continue to follow suit. So where do Harry and his children fit into the Succession? Take a look at the current roster for one of the most important jobs in the world.
- Prince Charles: At 70, Charles will be the oldest heir to the British throne. There is also debate as to whether Charles King Charles III. or will take the royal name of King George VII.
- Prince William: As the firstborn of the Queen’s firstborn, William inherits the throne after his father. There is a slim chance Charles might choose not to take on Commonwealth responsibilities and William would take over almost immediately.
- Prince George: It may be hard to imagine now, but one day the brave prince will rule all of England.
- Princess Charlotte: As a replacement heir to the throne, Charlotte will stand by her big brother until he has a family of his own. Charlotte also makes history as the first female royal not to lose her place in the line of succession to a male heir.
- Prince Louis: The young prince is fifth in line and takes over from his uncle Harry.
- Prince Harry: With the birth of Prince Louis, Harry became sixth in line to the throne.
- Archie Mountbatten-Windsor: Baby Archie, the first child of Harry and Meghan Markle, ranks seventh in line to the throne.
- Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor: Harry’s and Meghan’s daughter Lili is now eighth behind her big brother.
- Prince Andrew: With the birth of baby Lili, the queen’s second son also followed suit.
- Princess Beatrice: The Duke of York’s elder daughter, whom he shares with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, is next in line.
- Princess Eugenie: Beatrice’s younger sister is following her.
- August Brooksbank: The son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, born in February 2021, is behind Eugenie.
- Prince Edward: The Earl of Wessex is the last son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, but the Act of Settlement 1701 (which was amended in 2013) allowed Edward to oust his older sister, Princess Anne, in line to the throne. Due to the updated Succession Act, Princess Charlotte’s place was not affected even though her younger sibling is a boy.
- Viscount Severn: James, Viscount Severn, is the only son of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie. Since he was born in 2009 – the law applies to those born after October 2011 – he was able to line up before his older sister, Louise.
- The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor: The teen you may remember as the bridesmaid at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding is in line to the throne after her younger brother.
- Princess Anne: As the Queen’s second child, Anne was third in line to the throne at the time of her birth – but as a girl, both of the royal princess’s younger brothers, Andrew and Edward, would later surpass her in the line of succession.
- Peter Phillips: Princess Anne’s son stands in line in front of his younger sister Zara.
- Savannah Phillips: Peter’s 6-year-old daughter Savannah is next in line.
- Isla Phillips: Five-year-old Isla follows her sister Savannah.
- Zara Tindall: Zara Tindall (née Phillips), Princess Anne’s only daughter and married to former English rugby player Mike Tindall, is next in line.
- Mia Tindall: Zara and Mike’s daughter, who greeted them in January 2014, is behind her mother.
- Lena Tindall: The couple’s second daughter, whom they greeted in June 2018, follows Mia in line.
- Lucas Tindall: To round out the list, Zara and Mike’s son is 23rd in line.