Changes in inheritance rules and the birth of new family members have made it difficult to determine who is next on the list. Charles, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay, Queen Elizabeth’s eldest child, has led the estate since she was born in 1948.
The Queen has become the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee, honoring 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the Realms.
There was a series of events for the four-day celebration of the jubilee. Events included Trooping the Colour, a Service of Thanksgiving, the Jubilee Grand Luncheon, and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on June 5, 2022 | Source: Getty Images
The final day of the celebration had the Jubilee Pageant, which included a military parade, a cultural performance across the Commonwealth and a musical finale. Queen Elizabeth II surprised royal fans with her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the final day.
On the balcony, three generations of his family surrounded him. Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, and their three children delighted thousands of fans for this unique jubilee event.
WHO WILL TAKE THE THRONE AFTER QUEEN ELIZABETH?
Succession to the British throne is an ever-evolving issue. Since the 17th century, descent and parliamentary laws have defined the rules of the order. However, the rules governing succession have also changed to keep up with the changing times.
The Perth Accord, signed in 2013 and fully implemented in 2015, equalized the rights of daughters and sons in the British royal line of succession. Male heirs are no longer allowed to overtake daughters in line with the throne under the new rule.
As the Queen’s eldest child, Charles, Prince of Wales, is heir apparent to the British throne and has been at the forefront of succession since his birth in 1948.
His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is not in the line of succession, but the Queen made her queen consort-in-waiting in February 2022. Camilla will become queen consort when her husband takes the throne.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is second in line as he is Charles and Diana’s firstborn. William’s first son, Prince George, is third in line, followed by his sister Princess Charlotte and their younger brother, Prince Louis, who is fifth in line.
Even though Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has stepped down from royal duties and moved to California with his family, he is still sixth in line of succession.
She has sworn to serve the country for the rest of her life.
Prince Harry’s son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor is seventh in line and the Queen’s eighth great-grandchild. Eighth in line is Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, the Queen’s eleventh great-granddaughter.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR PRINCE WILLIAM TO BECOME KING AFTER QUEEN ELIZABETH DEATH?
According to Buckingham Palace, there are two ways to ascend to the throne: by descent and by laws put in place by the British government.
For anyone born after October 28, 2011, the laws of parliament provide that succession to the throne is determined by: descent, religion, legitimacy and gender.
When Queen Elizabeth II dies or resigns, Charles, not William, will take the throne first. Charles is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II; he is therefore in the first line after the queen.
However, if Charles dies before the queen, William would automatically become king when the queen dies or resigns. Once Prince William is crowned King of England, Kate Middleton will be crowned Queen of England.
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II | Source: Getty Images
HOW DID ELIZABETH BECOME QUEEN?
Queen Elizabeth was not born to be a queen, even though she is now Britain’s longest-serving monarch. His uncle, Edward VIII, was king but ruled only 325 days before abdicating the throne in 1936.
Since he was childless, George VI, Elizabeth’s father, suddenly became heir to the throne. When Elizabeth turned 21, she vowed to serve the country for the rest of her life. In 1952 George VI died aged 56 and Elizabeth became queen aged 25.