Britains royal line of succession: Who is next in line to the throne in the United Kingdom?

Elizabeth II is the Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms.

Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York.

Queen Elizabeth II,  whose 70-year reign spanned wars, a pandemic, 13 presidents, and the winding down of Britain’s vast empire, has died. Her eldest son, Charles, is now king.

Britains royal line of succession

Britains royal line of succession: Who is next in line to the throne in the United Kingdom?

Who is the next queen or king? Is Charles, Prince of Wales the next king?

Doctors are “concerned for Her Majesty’s health,” according to reports, and members of the royal family, including the Queen’s son, Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, and the Queen’s grandson, Prince William, are en route to Scotland.

With more than 70 years on the throne, most people alive today will only know the queen as Britain’s monarch, but who comes next?

Britains royal line of succession

If the queen abdicates her throne, retires, or dies, Prince Charles will succeed her. After him comes his eldest son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. After his father and grandfather, Prince George is third in line to the throne.

The royals have changed succession rules several times over the years, making it difficult to keep track of who is next in line.

The crown was passed from monarch to eldest son until Duchess Kate became pregnant. Because King George VI lacked a son, his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, ascended to the throne.

However, the Succession to the Crown Act was enacted in 2013, prior to the birth of Prince George, to make succession to the throne based on birth order rather than gender.

Britains royal line of succession

Princess Charlotte will now be fourth in line, and Prince Louis will be fifth.

Prince Harry, William’s younger brother, is sixth in line, and his son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, will be seventh, with his younger sister, Lilibet, right behind him.

Queen Elizabeth II, the seemingly eternal monarch who became a bright but inscrutable beacon of continuity in the United Kingdom during more than seven decades of rule, died Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle, her estate in the Scottish Highlands. She was 96.

Her death, of undisclosed causes, was announced by Buckingham Palace.