State & Ceremonial

How does the line of succession look now?



On Saturday 2nd May, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her and Prince William’s second child – Princess Charlotte. The new baby Princess already ranks at 4th-in-line to the throne, and because of royal succession changes only recently implemented, she cannot be ‘overtaken’ by a younger brother, should one be born, in the future.

These royal succession changes also have other consequences. For example, spouses of Catholics who are entitled to succeed are no longer excluded from the line of succession by virtue of this affinity.

Incidentally, the changes also mean only the first six people in the line of succession need the Sovereign’s permission to marry, meaning the birth of the baby Princess removes Princess Beatrice of this requirement.

Royal Central has researched and compiled an extensive, up-to-date line of succession (correct as of 4th May 2015, and to our best knowledge) accounting for all these changes, as well as other births and deaths.

Naturally, we could never have researched the entire line of succession (it runs to almost 6,000 places), however it has been done before. Here is a link to one (which is now four years out of date), though still offers a good overview.

  1. HRH The Prince of Wales (b. 1948)
  2. HRH The Duke of Cambridge (b. 1982)
  3. HRH Prince George of Cambridge (b. 2013)
  4. HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (b. 2015)
  5. HRH Prince Harry of Wales (b. 1984)
  6. HRH The Duke of York (b. 1960)
  7. HRH Princess Beatrice of York (b. 1988)
  8. HRH Princess Eugenie of York (b. 1990)
  9. HRH The Earl of Wessex (b. 1964)
  10. James, Viscount Severn (b. 2007)
  11. The Lady Louise Windsor (b. 2003)
  12. HRH The Princess Royal (b. 1950)
  13. Mr Peter Phillips (b. 1977)
  14. Miss Savannah Phillips (b. 2010)
  15. Miss Isla Phillips (b. 2012)
  16. Mrs Zara Tindall (b. 1981)
  17. Miss Mia Tindall (b. 2014)
  18. David, Viscount Linley (b. 1961)
  19. The Hon. Charles Armstong-Jones (b. 1999)
  20. The Hon. Margarita Armstrong Jones (b. 2002)
  21. The Lady Sarah Chatto (b. 1964)
  22. Mr Samuel Chatto (b. 1996)
  23. Mr Arthur Chatto (b. 1999)
  24. HRH The Duke of Gloucester (b. 1944)
  25. Alexander, Earl of Ulster (b. 1974)
  26. Xan, Lord Culluden (b. 2007)
  27. The Lady Cosima Windsor (b. 2010)
  28. The Lady Davina Lewis (b. 1977)
  29. Miss Senna Lewis (b. 2010)
  30. Master T?ne Lewis (b. 2012)
  31. The Lady Rose Gilman (b. 1980)
  32. Miss Lyla Gilman (b. 2010)
  33. Master Rufus Gilman (b. 2012)
  34. HRH The Duke of Kent (b. 1935)
  35. George, Earl of St Andrews (b. 1962)
  36. The Lady Amelia Windsor (b. 1995)
  37. Master Albert Windsor (b. 2007)
  38. Master Leopold Windsor (b. 2009)
  39. Master Louis Windsor (b. 2014)
  40. The Lady Helen Taylor (b. 1964)
  41. Mr Columbus Taylor (b. 1994)
  42. Mr Cassius Taylor (b. 1996)
  43. Miss Eloise Taylor (b. 2003)
  44. Miss Estella Taylor (b. 2004)
  45. HRH Prince Michael of Kent (b. 1942)
  46. The Lord Fredrick Windsor (b. 1979)
  47. Miss Maud Windsor (b. 2013)
  48. The Lady Gabriella Windsor (b. 1981)
  49. HRH Princess Alexandra (b. 1936)
  50. Mr James Ogilvy (b. 1964)
  51. Mr Alexander Ogilvy (b. 1996)
  52. Miss Flora Ogilvy (b. 1994)
  53. Ms Marina Ogilvy (b. 1966)
  54. Mr Christian Mowatt (b. 1993)
  55. Miss Zenouska Mowatt (b. 1990)
  56. The Earl of Harewood (b. 1950)
  57. Alexander, Viscount Lascelles (b. 1980)
  58. The Hon. Edward Lascelles (b. 1982)
  59. The Hon. James Lascelles (b. 1953)
  60. Mr Rowan Nash Lascelles (b. 1977)
  61. Mr Tewa Lascelles (b. 1985)
  62. The son of Tewa Lascelles (b. 2014)
  63. Miss Sophie Lascelles (b. 1973)
  64. The Hon. Jeremy Lascelles (b. 1955)
  65. Mr Thomas Lascelles (b. 1982)
  66. Miss Ellen Lascelles (b. 1984)
  67. Miss Amy Lascelles (b. 1986)
  68. Miss Tallulah Lascelles (b. 2005)
  69. Mr Henry Lascelles (b. 1953)
  70. Mr Maximilian Lascelles (b. 1991)
  71. His Grace The Duke of Fife (b. 1929)
  72. David, Earl of Southesk (b. 1961)
  73. Charles, Lord Carnegie (b. 1989)
  74. The Hon. George Carnegie (b. 1992)
  75. The Hon. Hugh Carnegie (b. 1993)
  76. The Lady Alexandra Etherington (b. 1959)
  77. Miss Amelia Etherington (b. 2001)
  78. HM King Harald V of Norway (b. 1937)
  79. HRH The Crown Prince of Norway (b. 1973)
  80. HH Prince Sverre Magnus of Norway (b. 2005)
  81. HRH Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway (b. 2004)
  82. HH Princess Märtha Louise of Norway (b. 1971)
  83. Miss Maud Behn (b. 2003)
  84. Miss Leah Behn (b. 2005)
  85. Miss Emma Behn (b. 2008)
  86. Mr Haakon Lorentzen (b. 1954)
  87. Mr Olav Lorentzen (b. 1985)
  88. Mr Christian Lorentzen (b. 1988)
  89. Miss Sophia Lorentzen (b. 1994)
  90. Mrs Ingeborg Ribeiro (b. 1957)
  91. Miss Victoria Ribeiro (b. 1988)
  92. Mrs Ragnhild Long (b. 1968)
  93. Miss Alexandra Long (b. 2007)
  94. Miss Elizabeth Long (b. 2011)
  95. HH Princess Astrid of Norway (b. 1932)
  96. Mr Alexander Ferner (b. 1965)
  97. Miss Stella Ferner (b. 1998)
  98. Mr Carl-Christian Ferner (b. 1972)
  99. Mrs Cathrine Johansen (b. 1962)
  100. Mr Sebastian Johansen (b. 1990)

photo credit: Michael Garnett