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The line of succession to the British throne is the order in which members of the royal family would come to the throne if the reigning king or queen died.

At present the first in line is Charles, Prince of Wales, followed by his eldest son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and then Prince William's son, George.

Traditionally, males came before females in the line of succession. However, the law changed on 26 March 2015, so at present, for people born after 28 October 2011 the succession is decided only by age: older children come before younger children. When someone who is in line to the throne has a child, that child comes after them and their older children, but before anyone else in the line of succession.

Excluded from the line of succession are Catholics and illegitimate children.

Line of succession

No official, complete version of the line of succession is currently maintained. Any person's actual position in the line of succession may change when people are born or when they die. This list shows only those people who are descended from the sons of George V.



        • (42) Beth Windsor; (b. 1998)


        • (43) Lady Helen Taylor (née Windsor; b. 1964) D W
          • (44) Columbus Taylor (b. 1994) D W
          • (45) Cassius Taylor (b. 1996) D W
          • (46) Eloise Taylor (b. 2003) D W
          • (47) Estella Taylor (b. 2004) D W
      • (48) Prince Michael of Kent (b. 1942) MC / W
        • (49) Lord Frederick Windsor (b. 1979) W
          • (50) Maud Windsor (b. 2013) W
          • (51) Isabella Windsor (b. 2016)
        • (52) Lady Gabriella Windsor (b. 1981) W
      • (53) Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy (b. 1936) W
        • (54) James Ogilvy (b. 1964) W
          • (55) Alexander Ogilvy (b. 1996) W
          • (56) Flora Ogilvy (b. 1994) W
        • (57) Marina Ogilvy (b. 1966) W
          • (58) Christian Mowatt (b. 1993) W
            • (59) Zenouska Mowatt (b. 1990) W

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