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Sovereign's Throne
The Sovereign's Throne in the House of Lords, from which the speech is delivered at the State Opening of Parliament

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, Prince George of Cambridge.

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.

Current line of succession

First six in line
1. The Prince of Wales Charles, Prince of Wales at COP21.jpg
2. The Duke of Cambridge Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.jpg
3. Prince George of Cambridge Prince George of Cambridge in 2019 (cropped).jpg
4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2019 (cropped).jpg
5. Prince Louis of Cambridge Cambridge family at Trooping the Colour 2019 - 14.jpg
6. The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games opening ceremony.jpg

No official, complete version of the line of succession is currently maintained.

The annotated list below covers the first part of this line of succession, being limited to descendants of the sons of George V, Elizabeth II's grandfather. Elizabeth II's descendants without princely rank are born with the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.

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