How does the line of succession to the British throne work?

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has shocked the UK. But the british throne is not empty: his son Carlos is already automatically king with the name of Carlos III. so announced Liz Truss, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in a public appearance: “Today the Crown passes, as it has done for more than a thousand years, to our new monarch, our new head of state, His Majesty King Charles III”. A modern and euphemistic way of saying: “The queen is dead, long live the king!”.

Elizabeth II had celebrated the Platinum Jubilee this year to commemorate the 70 years she had been reigning. No other monarch in British history has reigned for so long.. Since he assumed the throne in 1952, when his father George VI died, he has not stopped holding office for a single moment.

The order of succession establishes that his eldest son, Prince Charles of Wales, ascends the throne. But how does the line of succession work in the British monarchy?

The norm that regulates the succession to the British throne underwent an amendment in 2013 by which it is established that Preference is given to children born first regardless of their sexeliminating the historical prevalence of men over women.

Since the 2013 law does not have retroactive effects, the succession priority that established that the heir of Elizabeth II is Prince Charles was maintained. Elizabeth II also has three other children, Ana, Andrés and Eduardo. However, the rule change already applies to all members of the royal family born after October 20, 2011.

At 73 years old, he Prince carlos He was until today the oldest heir in the history of the United Kingdom. He surpassed his great-great-grandfather Edward VII, who took the throne at over 59 years of age.

Second in line to the throne is William, the Duke of Cambridge. He is the first-born son of Prince Charles, he is 40 years old and could become king if his father decided to abdicate.

Third in the line of succession is William’s eldest son, prince george of cambridge, just 9 years old. And they are followed by her sister, the princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 7 years old; and the youngest of the three, louis of cambridgewho at 5 years old is fifth in the line of succession.

After them, he is placed in sixth place in succession prince henryWilliam’s brother and Duke of Sussex. And behind him, his two sons: archie3 years old (7th place) and Lilibeth2 years old (8th place).

From there, the line of succession, instead of moving in descending order, would become horizontal. That is, the ninth place corresponds to the prince andrew, Duke of York. Prince Charles’s brother is the queen’s third child and second son and is 62 years old. And the tenth place is occupied by his eldest daughter, Beatrice of Yorkwho is 34 years old.


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