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Europe’s number eights: all the royals who are eighth in line to the throne

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Princess Margriet/Photo by Moniek Bloks

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child is born later this year, he or she will be eighth in line to the British throne. Let’s look at the other royal families of Europe to see who occupies the eighth space in line to their respective thrones.

Prince Felix of Denmark

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Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian, Prince of Denmark and Count of Monpezat, is the youngest son of Prince Joachim and his first wife, Alexandra Countess of Frederiksborg.

Born 22 July 2002, the Danish prince recently celebrated his 18th birthday surrounded by family at the Danish Royal Family’s French residence, the Château de Cayx.

Princess Leonore of Sweden

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Leonore Lilian Maria Bernadotte, Princess of Sweden and Duchess of Gotland, is the oldest child of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill.

Born 20 February 2014, she has spent a majority of her upbringing residing outside of Sweden and currently lives with her parents and two younger siblings, Prince Nicolas and Princess Adrienne, in Florida.

Emma Behn

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The Norwegian line of succession is limited to legitimate descendants from the direct line of the last reigning “Queen or King or a sister or brother thereof, or is herself or himself a sister or brother thereof,” per their official website.

Because King Harald’s two older sisters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid and their children, were not eligible to be included in the line of succession due to the agnatic primogeniture in place until 1971, this means that the current line ends at seven, with Princess Märtha Louise’s youngest daughter, Emma Behn.

Emma Tallulah Behn was born 29 September 2008, the youngest daughter of Princess Märtha Louise and the late Ari Behn.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

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Margriet Francisca is the third of four daughters born to Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands; a younger sister of the former Queen Beatrix; and the aunt of the current king, King Willem-Alexander.

Born during wartime, the maternity ward at the Ottawa Civic Hospital was briefly declared extraterritorial by the Government of Canada to ensure that the Dutch princess would be able to claim her Dutch citizenship and remain in the line of succession.

Princess Margriet could not travel back to the Netherlands until the war ended in 1945, but has spent her life there ever since undertaking royal duties on behalf of her mother, sister, and nephew. She married Pieter van Vollenhoven in 1967, and they have four children together.

Pablo Urdangarin y de Borbón

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Pablo Nicolás Sebastián was born on 6 December 2000 and is the second son of Infanta Cristina and Iñaki Urdangarin. He is the nephew of King Felipe and Queen Letizia and cousin to the Princess of Asturias.

Pablo spent his formative years in Spain, Washington D.C., and Geneva as the family moved around for his parents’ business dealings. He also plays handball, following in his father’s footsteps.

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg

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Guillaume Marie Louis Christian is the third and youngest child of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte and the younger brother of Grand Duke Henri.

Born 1 May 1963, Prince Guillaume married Princess Sibilla in 1994, and together, they have four children: three sons, Prince Paul Louis, Prince Léopold, and Prince Jean, all of whom are in the Luxembourg line of succession; and one daughter, Princess Charlotte, who, because of the laws at the time of her birth (absolute primogeniture was not in effect until 2011), is not.

Archduke Maximilian of Austria-Este

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Archduke Maximilian is currently the youngest royal who occupies the eighth spot on his country’s line of succession. Born on 6 September 2019 to Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and his wife Elisabetta, this young royal is the great-nephew of King Philippe of Belgium and a cousin to The Duchess of Brabant.

Because his parents had not sought the King’s permission before their marriage in 2014, there was speculation that Prince Amedeo and his family would be removed from the line of succession. King Philippe issued a retroactive approval in November 2015, and the issue was resolved, with Prince Amedeo and his descendants remaining heirs to the throne.

Pierre Casiraghi

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Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi is the youngest son of Princess Caroline and Stefano Casiraghi, born 5 September 1987.

After his father’s death in 1990, Pierre spent his formative years in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, but later moved to Fontainebleau when his mother remarried to the Prince of Hanover. He studied economics and management in Italy and also enjoys sailboat racing and auto racing.

In 2015, he married his long-time girlfriend, Beatrice Borromeo, and together they have two children: Stefano and Francesco Casiraghi.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.