The Windsors and the line of succession: Charles is the future king, then there are William and his sons

The Windsors and the line of succession: Charles is the future king, then there are William and his sons

from Paola Caruso

According to the law, the eldest son of Her Majesty rises to the throne, the other three sons of the sovereign occupy from the ninth position onwards

Prince Charles will become king, upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The eldest son of the sovereign has been waiting for the crown for a lifetime, since on 1 July 1969 he was invested with the title of Prince of Wales (the same one that had Elizabeth’s uncle, Edward VIII, who abdicated for the love of Wallis Simpson, bringing his grandfather Albert, who became King George VI to the throne).

Charles, now 73, has been preparing to become British ruler since he was born: all his education was set up with the aim of instructing him adequately to be able to hold this office. In the decades – since his mother has reigned for 70 years – many have ironically called him the missing king, because of his advanced age and the wait that has lasted for almost three quarters of a century.

After Charles, the line of succession to the throne involves Prince William, eldest son of Charles and Lady Diana, second in succession, who moved with Kate Middleton and in turn has three children (also in line of succession behind the father in order of date of birth). To recap: Charles first, William second, William’s eldest son, George, third, William’s daughter Charlotte fourth, little Louis fifth.

At this point Harry enters that as the second son of Carlo is positioned in sixth place in the succession and immediately behind him the children he had with Meghan Markle: Archie seventh and Lilibet eighth. All this despite Mexit, the process that led the Sussexes to abandon their royal duties and the United Kingdom – losing the title of His Highness – to move first to Canada and then to the United States.

Yet Elizabeth has three other children and a total of 12 grandchildren. But the throne was the prerogative of his eldest son Charles and his descendants. This is because according to the law Act of Settlement of 1701, the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 (which repealed the Royal Marriages Act of 1772) and the Common lawa person is always immediately followed, in succession, by his most direct descendant, with the exception of any legitimate descendants who already appear higher in the line of succession (in the case of children of marriages within the same family between people of different generations , which could have happened in the past, but not in these times).

The other children of the queen in this scenario occupy from position nine onwards in the line of succession: Anna, only female. She is 72 years old, born a year after Carlo, before her grandfather, King George VI, died (died in 1952) and his mother ascended the throne. she is married to Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence and she has two children with her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips: Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall. In the succession she is overtaken by the male brothers and their offspring, consequently she appears in seventeenth place.

Andrew the third son of Elizabeth, ninth in succession. Born in 1960, he has two daughters with his ex-wife, the Duchess of York: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. He resigned as a royal working for the Windsor house in 2019 after a controversial interview about the Epstein scandal.

Last was Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, fourteenth in succession. the youngest. Born in 1964, married to Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and has two children: Louise and James Mountbatten-Windsor.

So the scheme of the line of succession:

1. Prince Charles,
2. Prince William
3. Prince George, the eldest son of William and Kate Middleton
4. Princess Charlotte, second child of William and Kate
5. Prince Louis, the youngest son of William and Kate
6. Harry, Duke of Sussex
7. Archie Moutbatten-Windsor, eldest son of Harry and Meghan markle
8. Lilibet Moutbatten-Windsor, second child of Harry and Meghan
9. Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Elizabeth’s third son
10. Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Andrea and Sarah Ferguson
11. Sienna Mapelli-Mozzi, daughter of Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli-Mozzi
12. Princess Eugenia, second child of Andrea and Sarah Ferguson
13. August Brooksbank, son of Princess Eugenie
14. Prince Edward, the last son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
15. James, Viscount Severn, son of Edward
16. Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of Edward
17. Princess Anne, daughter of the Queen
18. Peter Phillips, born in 1977, son of Princess Anne
19. Savannah Phillips, born in 2010, Peter’s first daughter
20. Isla Phillips, born in 2012, second daughter of Peter

September 8, 2022 (change September 8, 2022 | 4:45 pm)

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