Charles being crowned King of the United Kingdom means a lot of change for the royal family, not least of all when it comes to the line of succession. This centuries-old concept, which dictates where each royal family member is line for the throne, is much more complicated than you may think. It’s lasted a very, very long time and has barely changed over the centuries — but now things are looking a little different. Here are the royals ranked by how likely they are to wear the famous crown.
1. King Charles III
New King of England Charles was born in 1948, so you better believe he was waiting a while to get on the throne. His popularity has gone up and down over the years — thanks in part to his relationship with Camilla — and there was even thinking that his son, Prince William, might have named king instead..
2. Prince William
It's official: Prince William is now next in line to be King of England. He’s practically been in training for it all his life — although his mother, Princess Diana, also made sure he had a somewhat normal childhood.
3. Prince George
Apparently, William and Kate opted not to tell their oldest child that he would be king until he was old enough to understand the enormity of the situation. However, once he turned seven, insiders have claimed, the beans were spilled.
4. Princess Charlotte
Before Princess Charlotte was born, the rules of the line of succession were changed for the first time in centuries. More specifically, the archaic law ranking males above females was scrapped.
5. Prince Louis
The younger brother in question is Prince Louis, who came along in April 2018. Royal watchers won’t have seen as much of him as they have of his siblings, as the pandemic has prevented him from being taken on a tour overseas.
6. Prince Harry
You won’t see Prince Harry at many royal events these days. Famously, in 2020 he and Meghan announced they would be relinquishing their positions as senior royals and giving up their financial allowances to boot.
7. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Harry became a father in 2019 when little Archie was born. At the time, it was reported that he and Meghan didn’t want their son to have a royal title.
8. Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor
Little Lilibet was born after Harry and Meghan’s move to California, so they’ve been able to maintain her privacy in a way they may not have managed as working royals. In fact, there are virtually no pictures of the baby girl in public circulation.
9. Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew is the third child of the Queen, but he was born decades before the laws of succession were made more progressive. That means he’s further ahead in line than his sister Princess Anne, as are his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
10. Princess Beatrice
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York is the oldest daughter of Andrew and a granddaughter of the Queen. You won’t see her carrying out many royal duties, as — unlike some of her cousins — she maintains a career.
11. Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi
Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcomed their daughter Sienna Elizabeth in 2021. And, yep, that tiny baby is currently 11th in line to the British throne.
12. Princess Eugenie
Princess Eugenie, Beatrice’s younger sister, is another royal who has a real job: director at the London branch of art gallery Hauser & Wirth. It suits her well, as she’s apparently long had a penchant for art.
13. August Philip Hawke Brooksbank
Eugenie’s son with husband Jack Brooksbank, little August entered the world in 2021. He’s just one of the many great-grandchildren of the Queen and is at present 13th in line to the throne.
14. Prince Edward
Prince Edward may fly rather under the radar today, but he once made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Back in the ’80s, he arranged for his family to take part in a rowdy game show popularly known as It’s a Royal Knockout.
15. James, Viscount Severn
James is another royal who outranks his sister — despite having been born after her. The young viscount came along in 2007 as the second child of Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
16. Lady Louise Windsor
Lady Louise was said to be the Queen’s most beloved grandchild. Yes, really! In 2019 an unnamed source told The Sun, “The Queen [loved] the fact that Louise and James [relished] their time at Balmoral… She ]had] become particularly close to Louise — who [seemed] to have become her favorite grandchild — closely followed by James.”.
17. Princess Anne
Princess Anne may be one of the more low-key royals, but she’s not exactly hiding away in a palace. In fact, in 2021 it was announced she had carried out the most engagements of any royal family member that year.
18. Peter Phillips
Peter Phillips is the oldest child of Anne and Mark Phillips, and the first grandchild of the Queen. He and his sister never received royal titles, though, as their parents didn’t want them.
19. Savannah Phillips
Savannah Phillips, born to Peter and Autumn Kelly, was the first great-grandchild of the Queen. And while her parents keep her out of the spotlight, occasionally journalists do get hold of little tidbits about her life.
20. Isla Phillips
Little Isla Phillips entered the world in 2012. But before she even reached double figures, her parents suddenly announced that they were to divorce.
21. Zara Tindall
Zara is one of the more visible non-titled royals, and that’s due in part to her very successful career as a horse rider. Like her mother and other members of the royal family, she absolutely loves equestrian sports.
22. Mia Tindall
Zara and Mike’s firstborn, Mia, came into the world in 2014. And while her parents may not have titles, the birth still warranted a statement from the Queen’s press secretary, “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips, and Mike’s parents, Mr.
23. Lena Elizabeth Tindall
Sadly, Zara had two miscarriages before giving birth to her second daughter, Lena. But she ignored the royal tradition of stoicism and spoke out about her grief.
24. Lucas Tindall
Zara’s third child, Lucas, came into the world in quite a dramatic fashion. He simply couldn’t hang on until his parents got to the hospital, so Zara gave birth in her bathroom with a little help from her husband and a couple of midwives.
25. David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon
David Armstrong-Jones is the son of the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, and her former husband Antony Armstrong-Jones. And while he’s not exactly a tabloid mainstay, one shocking story did bring him into the headlines.
26. Charles Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley
As the grand-nephew of the Queen, Charles Armstrong-Jones lives a charmed life — albeit a fairly private one. But in 2012 the then-12-year-old was given a slightly more public-facing role.
27. Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones
David and his estranged wife, the Honorable Serena Stanhope, had another child in 2002. Her full name is the tongue-twisting Lady Margarita Elizabeth Rose Alleyne Armstrong-Jones, and you may have spotted her as one of the little bridesmaids at William and Kate’s wedding.
28. Lady Sarah Chatto
Lady Sarah is the daughter of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, and she’s said to be very close to her auntie Elizabeth. Apparently, Sarah was the only one the Queen invited along when she visited her beloved Craigowan Lodge in Scotland.
29. Samuel Chatto
Artist Sam Chatto is Sarah’s son and a great-nephew of the Queen. Unlike the more senior members of the royal family, he’s allowed to have an Instagram account, and it’s filled with pictures of his creative works.
30. Arthur Chatto
Arthur Chatto has been gaining attention on social media for his hunky good looks. People noticed him at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, and they liked what they saw.
31. Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
Prince Richard is a direct cousin of the Queen and the second-oldest living male descendant of Queen Victoria. That’s quite the bloodline.
32. Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
Alexander is the only son of Prince Richard and his wife Brigitte. Officially, he’s Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, but apparently he tends to go by just “Alex Ulster.” And he’s another royal military man: he went to Kosovo and Iraq before finally hanging up his combat boots in 2008..
33. Xan Windsor, Lord Culloden
Xan Windsor is Alexander’s son with his wife Claire, and he’s clearly named after his father and grandfather! But beyond that, very little is known about him. Even the most ardent royal fans in the world may not have ever seen a photograph of him or his sister Cosima..
34. Lady Cosima Windsor
Cosima Windsor is still a child, so she is also quite rightly kept out of the limelight. As the 34th person in line to the throne, there’s pretty much no chance she’ll ever be Queen, but that “Lady” title is probably going to serve her well in future life..
35. Lady Davina Windsor
When Lady Davina tied the knot with New Zealander Gary Lewis, he became the first ever Māori person to marry into the British royal family. But while the couple went on to have two children together, sadly their relationship ultimately broke down.
36. Senna Lewis
It was thought by some that Harry and Meghan’s son Archie was the first biracial child in the modern royal family. But while he was the first one born of a direct descendant to the Queen, the honor should actually go to Davina and Gary’s daughter Senna Kowhai Lewis.
37. Tāne Lewis
Davina and Gary’s son is Tāne Mahuta Lewis, named after the famous Tāne Mahuta tree in New Zealand. It’s a neat nod to his own roots, too, as Tāne is also a deity in Māori mythology.
38. Lady Rose Gilman
Lady Rose — whose impressive full name is actually Lady Rose Victoria Birgitte Louise Gilman — works behind the scenes in the movie industry. Her name is on the credits of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in fact.
39. Lyla Gilman
Lyla Gilman was once closer to the throne, but she’s sliding further and further down the line of succession as more royal babies are born. Not to worry, though.
40. Rufus Gilman
In 2012 Lyla got a brother: Rufus Gilman, the 40th in line to the throne. And we don’t know much about him beyond the fact that he was christened at the Kensington Palace chapel.