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Who are the ‘senior royals’?

It has been subject of discussion recently who constitutes a senior member of the Royal Family. We thought we’d take to the blogs to explain who we think is a senior member of the Royal Family, and why.

The Diamond Jubilee introduced us to the 'core seven' members of the Royal Family - but who's a senior royal?

The Diamond Jubilee introduced us to the ‘core seven’ members of the Royal Family – but are all of them senior royals?

A good place to start for defining a senior royal is, ‘any member of the Royal Family who continually carries out duties in their own right and on behalf of the crown’. Whilst this may be true, this would make most members of the Royal Family ‘senior royals’ so there’s more to it than that.

The other way one could define a senior member of the Royal Family is by proximity to the throne. But then, if that’s the case, where’s the cut off point, 4, 5, 10? And that excludes spouses of members of the Royal Family who may constitute high influence, notable figures in the Royal Family.

Then there’s the matter of who does the most work? This system would put The Queen at the top, but then Princess Anne second and then people like the Duke of Kent higher than the Duke of Cambridge, despite their extremely important work for the Royal Family, this system is somewhat flawed from the start as workloads fluctuate in the Royal Family, and it is no measure of someone’s seniority.

It seems there is almost no formally agreed way to define senior members of the Royal Family… until now. After doing a little research into different roles of members of the Royal Family, we think we’ve hit on a definitive way to determine who is a senior member of the Royal Family.

In short, the system is The Monarch, Counsellors of State and their spouses.

Counsellors of State are high-ranking members of the Royal Family who, in the case of Queen Elizabeth’s absence, carry out the function of the Crown together.

Using this system, senior members of the Royal Family are:

  • Her Majesty The Queen
  • The Duke of Edinburgh
  • The Prince of Wales
  • The Duchess of Cornwall
  • The Duke of Cambridge
  • The Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince Harry
  • The Duke of York

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]Tell us what you think of this ranking or suggest your own in the comments box below.[/box]

photo credit: Commonwealth Secretariat via photopin cc

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