Queen's death: What the new royal line of succession looks like now

·Royal Correspondent
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Charles, the Prince of Wales are seen during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain October 14, 2019. Victoria Jones/Pool via REUTERS
The Queen and Charles during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in 2019. (Victoria Jones/Pool via Reuters)

With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles accedes to the throne and becomes King Charles III.

It also creates a shift in the line of succession underneath him.

Once second in line to the throne, William – whose new title is the Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge – is now heir to the throne. His son Prince George, is second in line.

Princess Charlotte retains her place as third in line to the throne. The law used to mean that male heirs took precedence, meaning that her younger brother would have jumped over her.

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The new line of succession. (PA)

But a change in the law when William and Kate were expecting their first child has stopped this happening.

Louis is fourth in line to the throne, and Harry is back up to fifth.

Lack of royal title is no barrier to the throne, and Archie is sixth even though he is simply Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's daughter Lilibet, who was named after the Queen's nickname, is now seventh in line to the throne.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, although the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
William and his children all move up one place in the line of succession now that the Queen has died. (Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

After Charles’s sons and their children, the line of succession jumps back to the Queen’s other children. As the law was not changed in time for Anne to benefit, the line goes to Prince Andrew, her second son, who is eighth.

His eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, is ninth and her daughter, Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, 10th . Then it's Princess Eugenie at 11th and her son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, 12th.

Then the line returns to Prince Edward, who is 13th, and his children. His older daughter is also trumped by her younger brother, like her aunt Princess Anne.

So James, the Viscount Severn, is 14th, and Lady Louise Windsor, is 15th.

Britain's Prince Andrew (L), Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (2nd L), Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (R) leave after attending a national service of thanksgiving for the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London on June 10, 2016, which is also the Duke of Edinburgh's 95th birthday. 
Britain started a weekend of events to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh along with other members of the royal family will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 10, which is also the Duke of Edinburgh's 95th birthday. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Andrew with his daughters Eugenie and Beatrice in June 2016. (AFP)
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND  - SEPTEMBER 20:  Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor take part in the Great British Beach Clean on Southsea beach on September 20, 2020 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor on Southsea beach in September 2020. (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Then Anne, the Princess Royal, has her place at 16th. Her son Peter Phillips is 17th, and his children, Savannah and Isla are 18th and 19th.

Zara Tindall is 20th, and her children, Mia and Lena, and Lucas make up 21st, 22nd and 23rd on the list.

Once the Queen’s direct descendants are covered, the line jumps back to the descendants of her younger sister, Princess Margaret, who died in 2002.

She had one son, the current Earl of Snowdon, and he has a son and daughter, Charles Armstrong-Jones, the Viscount Linley, and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones. They take up positions 24, 25, and 26.

STROUD, ENGLAND - MARCH 26:  Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Peter Phillips attend The Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 26, 2017 in Stroud, England.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Princess Anne and her son Peter Phillips in 2017 in Stroud. (UK Press via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival 2020 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2020 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Zara and Mike Tindall in March 2020. Her children are in line despite no royal titles. (Indigo/Getty Images)

She also had a daughter, who is younger than the Earl of Snowdon, called Lady Sarah Chatto. Lady Sarah has two sons, Samuel Chatto and Arthur Chatto. The trio are 27th, 28th, and 29th in line to the throne.

Those positions cover all the direct descendants of the Queen’s father, the former king, and so the line then jumps back to his late brothers’ descendants, the children and grandchildren of Prince Henry and Prince George.

These include lesser known working royals like Prince Michael of Kent, and the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousins.

They have long supported the throne in their work with charities across the UK, but the likelihood they would ever accede to the top job is slim.

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