Royal Family line of succession: Who's in line to the throne? How it's changed now

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As the oldest son of the Queen, Prince Charles will now step up to be king – ending his spell as Britain’s longest serving heir apparent. But it’s not just Charles who has had his position in the line of succession shifted, as this has changed for the whole Royal Family and will have some major ramifications for some members. For instance, Prince William will become the new Prince of Wales, a title held by the male heir to the throne since 1301. Prince Harry could also see a shift, as the grandchild of the sovereign has long had the right to be a Prince or Princess – potentially meaning new titles for his son Archie and daughter Lilibet.

Prince Charles is understood to want to have a more stripped back Royal Family when he is in charge, however, so this may not come to fruition.

Discussing the future of Meghan and Harry’s titles, academic Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “As far as styles and titles are concerned the Queen is at liberty to strip whomever of whatever royal title and peerage.

“When Prince Charles inherits the throne he also inherits that same right.

“Accordingly, by a stroke, be it at the hand of Elizabeth II, or a future King Charles, HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton, and Baron Kilkeel, could quickly find himself becoming plain and ordinary Mr Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor.”

The Queen resided at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire throughout the summer and had been likely to return to Buckingham Palace come the end of September. 

But on Thursday, September 8, a statement from the palace was made saying doctors had health concerns about Her Majesty, following reported mobility problems.

Later that evening the palace had confirmed her death.

She had also pulled out of a number of royal arrangements, only publicly appearing on the palace’s famous balcony to take in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June. 

Her last duty performed just this week, when she welcomed her 15th Prime Minister Liz Truss at Balmoral, something which is usually done in London.

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The Queen’s death came after a statement about her concerns for her health issued at around 12.30pm on September 8. 

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

The alarming news prompted the arrival of Prince Charles, the future king, his wife Camilla, the Duke of York and other members of the immediate royal family at Balmoral to be by the Queen’s side. 

Messages of support and concern were also echoed across the nation. 

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Prince Charles is next in line to the throne, but, given his age in his late-70s, people understandably may think he could pass this title onto his son, Prince William. 

But the Line of Succession is determined by Statue Law and Charles technically becomes king automatically. 

To avoid this, Charles would have had to put his intentions of not becoming king to the governments of the Commonwealth Realms before Her Majesty’s death.

He would have had to request the bill to remove him from the line of succession, thereby passing the throne to the next in line – his eldest son, Prince William.



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