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Baby Sussex and the British royal line of succession

  • Baby Sussex and the British royal line of succession
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    Baby Sussex and the British royal line of succession

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, at 5:25 a.m. BST on May 6, 2019, one week after her due date. Both Meghan and the baby are “doing incredibly well,” according to father Prince Harry, who in announcing the birth of his first child said, “As every father and parent would ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing. But this little thing is absolutely to die for, so I’m just over the moon.” From the point Meghan and Harry announced their pregnancy in October 2018 following their May wedding earlier that year, fans of the royal family have kept an extra eye on the high-profile couple for hints about names and more.

    America’s fascination with the British royal family soared to new heights with the introduction of Diana, Princess of Wales, who married into the British royal family in 1981 at age 20—it is estimated that 750 million people tuned in to watch Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles, son of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was known as the “People’s Princess”: She spent her time frequently interacting with the public, visiting hospitals and schools, and working with charities in the U.K. and around the globe. Many say she broke down some of the longstanding barriers between the royal family and the public they reign over. She made it a point to make sure her two sons, William and Harry, were raised with a sense of normalcy, despite being in line to the throne. Even after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, Diana held the public’s heart. It’s been more than two decades since her tragic death in 1997, though her name still graces the pages of today’s media with some regularity.

    The world has watched William and Harry grow into men; with a particular public interest in the brothers’ respective love lives—they were, after all, eligible bachelors until they both found their spouses. While America took a keen interest in William’s long-time girlfriend and now wife, Kate Middleton, the marriage of Harry to American actress Meghan Markle has given the country a new connection to the royal family. The baby could be the first royal child to hold dual nationality (American and British); and may very well be the first baby of mixed race to be born into this royal family.

    Queen Elizabeth II has been the monarch since 1952. It is hard to imagine a different head of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth; but at age 93, it is likely we will see the queen pass down her crown in the next several years. But who will replace her and how far down the line of succession is Baby Sussex?

    Stacker researched the official British Royal Line of Succession to find out. Though the line of succession is lengthy, Stacker focused on the current monarch through to the 15th in line. Read on to discover who will take over once the queen steps down and who else may wear the crown in your lifetime. 

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  • Current monarch: HRH Queen Elizabeth II
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    Current monarch: HRH Queen Elizabeth II

    Title: Queen Elizabeth II
    Full name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
    Father: King George VI
    Mother: Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
    Born: April 21, 1926, at 17 Bruton St., London
     

  • 1st in line: Prince Charles
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    1st in line: Prince Charles

    Title: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
    Full name: Charles Philip Arthur George
    Father: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    Mother: Queen Elizabeth II
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Son
    Born: Nov. 14, 1948, at Buckingham Palace, London

  • 2nd in line: Prince William
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    2nd in line: Prince William

    Title: Prince William of Wales, Duke of Cambridge
    Full name: William Arthur Philip Louis
    Father: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
    Mother: Diana, Princess of Wales
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Grandson
    Born: June 21, 1982, at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

  • 3rd in line: Prince George
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    3rd in line: Prince George

    Title: Prince George of Cambridge
    Full name: George Alexander Louis
    Father: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
    Mother: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Great grandson
    Born: July 22, 2013, at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

  • 4th in line: Princess Charlotte
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    4th in line: Princess Charlotte

    Title: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
    Full name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
    Father: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
    Mother: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Great granddaughter
    Born: May 2, 2015, at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

  • 5th in line: Prince Louis
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    5th in line: Prince Louis

    Title: Prince Louis of Cambridge
    Full name: Louis Arthur Charles
    Father: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
    Mother: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Great grandson
    Born: April 23, 2018, at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

  • 6th in line: Prince Harry
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    6th in line: Prince Harry

    Title: Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex
    Full name: Henry Charles Albert David
    Father: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
    Mother: Diana, Princess of Wales
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Grandson
    Born: Sept. 15, 1984, at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

  • 7th in line: Baby Sussex
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    7th in line: Baby Sussex

    Title: Not yet announced
    Full name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
    Father: Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex
    Mother: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Great grandchild
    Born: May 6, 2019, at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, England

  • 8th in line: Prince Andrew
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    8th in line: Prince Andrew

    Title: Prince Andrew, Duke of York
    Full name: Andrew Albert Christian Edward
    Father: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    Mother: Queen Elizabeth II
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Son
    Born: Feb. 19, 1960, at Buckingham Palace, London

  • 9th in line: Princess Beatrice
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    9th in line: Princess Beatrice

    Title: Princess Beatrice of York
    Full name: Beatrice Elizabeth Mary
    Father: Prince Andrew, Duke of York
    Mother: Sarah, Duchess of York
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Granddaughter
    Born: Aug. 8, 1988, at Portland Hospital, London

  • 10th in line: Princess Eugenie
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    10th in line: Princess Eugenie

    Title: Princess Eugenie of York
    Full name: Eugenie Victoria Helena
    Father: Prince Andrew, Duke of York
    Mother: Sarah, Duchess of York
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Granddaughter
    Born: March 23, 1990, at Portland Hospital, London

  • 11th in line: Prince Edward
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    11th in line: Prince Edward

    Title: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
    Full name: Edward Antony Richard Louis
    Father: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    Mother: Queen Elizabeth II
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Son
    Born: March 10, 1964, at Buckingham Palace, London

  • 12th in line: James, Viscount Severn
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    12th in line: James, Viscount Severn

    Title: Viscount Severn
    Full name: James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor
    Father: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
    Mother: Sophie, Countess of Wessex
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Grandson
    Born: Dec. 17, 2007, at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey

  • 13th in line: Lady Louis Windsor
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    13th in line: Lady Louis Windsor

    Title: Lady Louise Windsor
    Full name: Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor
    Father: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
    Mother: Sophie, Countess of Wessex
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Granddaughter
    Born: Nov. 8, 2003, at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey

  • 14th in line: Princess Anne
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    14th in line: Princess Anne

    Title: Princess Anne, Princess Royal
    Full name: Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise
    Father: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    Mother: Queen Elizabeth II
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Daughter
    Born: Aug. 15, 1950, at Clarence House, London

  • 15th in line: Peter Phillips
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    15th in line: Peter Phillips

    Full name: Peter Mark Andrew Phillips
    Father: Mark Phillips
    Mother: Princess Anne, Princess Royal
    Relation to Elizabeth II: Grandson
    Born: Nov. 15, 1977 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London

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