Royal family line of succession: Who’s in line to the throne?

Prince Charles is next in line to the throne, followed by Prince William and Prince George.  (Getty Images)
Prince Charles is next in line to the throne, followed by Prince William and Prince George. (Getty Images)

The Queen died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland this afternoon, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign was the longest of any British monarch in history–she was only 25 when she was crowned and turned 96 in April.

Most people alive today will only have known the Queen as their monarch. But who is next in line to the throne?

Find out below how the British monarch is chosen, as well as the full royal family line of succession.

How is the heir to the British throne chosen?

The rules used to state that that the oldest son would inherit the throne, following the system of male primogeniture. This would allow a younger brother to inherit the throne before his older sister.

However, in 2011, following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, the rules changed to allow the first born child to be the heir to the throne, even if she were a girl. The leaders of the 16 Commonwealth countries unanimously approved the changes in October 2011.

The Succession to the Crown Act (2013) amended the provisions of the Bill of Rights and the Act of Settlement. It meant that the new rules would apply to anyone born after October 28, 2011.

The Act also changed the rule that previously disqualified those who married Roman Catholics from the line of succession.

The line of succession is also regulated by Parliament, and a Sovereign can be deprived of their title due to misgovernment.

Seventy photos for 70 years of the Queen’s record-breaking reign

2016: Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Prince’s Trust Centre in Kennington, London, to mark the 40th anniversary of the charity (PA)
2016: Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Prince’s Trust Centre in Kennington, London, to mark the 40th anniversary of the charity (PA)
1953: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
1953: Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (PA)
1957: The Queen, in a gold lame dress, is seen in the Long Library at Sandringham shortly after making the traditional Christmas Day broadcast to the nation. On the desk are portraits of Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The Queen is holding the copy of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, from which she read a few lines during her message. The broadcast was televised this year for the first time and was carried by both the BBC and ITV. It was the 25th anniversary of the first radio message to the Commonwealth by her grandfather, King George V (PA)
1957: The Queen, in a gold lame dress, is seen in the Long Library at Sandringham shortly after making the traditional Christmas Day broadcast to the nation. On the desk are portraits of Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The Queen is holding the copy of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, from which she read a few lines during her message. The broadcast was televised this year for the first time and was carried by both the BBC and ITV. It was the 25th anniversary of the first radio message to the Commonwealth by her grandfather, King George V (PA)
2007: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands for  their Royal Wedding Diamond Anniversary (PA)
2007: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands for their Royal Wedding Diamond Anniversary (PA)
1952: The new Queen, Elizabeth II (formerly Princess Elizabeth), returns to Clarence House, London, with the Duke of Edinburgh from London Airport after the sudden death of her father, King George VI. She succeeded the King on his death a day earlier (PA)
1952: The new Queen, Elizabeth II (formerly Princess Elizabeth), returns to Clarence House, London, with the Duke of Edinburgh from London Airport after the sudden death of her father, King George VI. She succeeded the King on his death a day earlier (PA)
1954: Prince Charles and Princess Anne stand with their parents, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their return from the Commonwealth tour (PA)
1954: Prince Charles and Princess Anne stand with their parents, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their return from the Commonwealth tour (PA)
1955: Watched by Lady Churchill, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill bows low to Queen Elizabeth II as he welcomes her and the Duke of Edinburgh to 10 Downing Street for dinner (PA)
1955: Watched by Lady Churchill, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill bows low to Queen Elizabeth II as he welcomes her and the Duke of Edinburgh to 10 Downing Street for dinner (PA)
1956: The Queen strolls through Windsor Great Park with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and two of her corgies. The were there to watch the Duke of Edinburgh play polo (PA)
1956: The Queen strolls through Windsor Great Park with Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and two of her corgies. The were there to watch the Duke of Edinburgh play polo (PA)
1958: Miners see the Queen wearing white overalls, scarf and helmet and black gumboots during her visit to Rothes Colliery Fifeshire. It was the Queen;s first visit to a coal mine and she spent about half an hour underground visiting the coal face (PA)
1958: Miners see the Queen wearing white overalls, scarf and helmet and black gumboots during her visit to Rothes Colliery Fifeshire. It was the Queen;s first visit to a coal mine and she spent about half an hour underground visiting the coal face (PA)
1959: Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor joined by Sugar, one of the Royal corgis (PA)
1959: Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor joined by Sugar, one of the Royal corgis (PA)
1960: The Queen holding Prince Andrew during an outing in the grounds at Balmoral, Scotland, where the Royal Family are on holiday (PA)
1960: The Queen holding Prince Andrew during an outing in the grounds at Balmoral, Scotland, where the Royal Family are on holiday (PA)

Who is the next heir to the throne?

Charles, The Prince of Wales, is next in line to the throne, as he is the Queen’s eldest son. He is now the King of England.

When the Queen died, Charles immediately became the King of England, and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, became Queen Consort.

After Charles, Prince William is next in line to the throne, as he is Charles’ eldest son. When William becomes King, the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, will become Queen Consort.

Following William, his eldest son Prince George is next in line for the throne, as the first-born child.

Royal family line of succession full list

The full line of succession is the following:

1. Charles, The Prince of Wales

2. Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

3. Prince George of Cambridge

4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

5. Prince Louis of Cambridge

6. Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex

7. Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor

8. Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor

9. Prince Andrew, The Duke of York

10. Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

11. Miss Sienna Mapelli Mozzi

12. Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank

13. Master August Brooksbank

14. Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

15. Viscount Severn

16. The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

17. Margaret, The Princess Royal

18. Mr. Peter Phillips

19. Miss Savannah Phillips

20. Miss Isla Phillips

21. Mrs. Michael Tindall

22. Miss Mia Tindall

23. Miss Lena Tindall

24. Master Lucas Tindall

Royal family holidays - in pictures

The Prince and Princess of Wales with sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry prepare for a cycling trip in Tresco during their holiday in the Scilly Isles (PA Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales with sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry prepare for a cycling trip in Tresco during their holiday in the Scilly Isles (PA Images)
Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and cousins Prince Harry and Prince William on holiday in Klosters (PA Images)
Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice and cousins Prince Harry and Prince William on holiday in Klosters (PA Images)
King George VI and (then) Princess Elizabeth on holiday in South Africa (PA Images)
King George VI and (then) Princess Elizabeth on holiday in South Africa (PA Images)
Roaming along the banks of the River Dee, the kilted Prince of Wales with his Princess during their holiday in Scotland while staying at Balmoral Castle (PA Images)
Roaming along the banks of the River Dee, the kilted Prince of Wales with his Princess during their holiday in Scotland while staying at Balmoral Castle (PA Images)
Princess Margaret walks to her aircraft at Heathrow Airport, London, to fly to New York to meet her husband Lord Snowdon. They were then due to fly to the Bahamas for a holiday. (PA Images)
Princess Margaret walks to her aircraft at Heathrow Airport, London, to fly to New York to meet her husband Lord Snowdon. They were then due to fly to the Bahamas for a holiday. (PA Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales with sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry relaxing in Tresco during their holiday in the Scilly Isles (PA Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales with sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry relaxing in Tresco during their holiday in the Scilly Isles (PA Images)
Princess Margaret, Jan Smuts, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth on holiday in South Africa. The Drakensberg mountain range can be seen in the background (PA Images)
Princess Margaret, Jan Smuts, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth on holiday in South Africa. The Drakensberg mountain range can be seen in the background (PA Images)
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, waves to friends as she poses for photographers with her daughters, Beatrice (R) and Eugenie, in the ski resort of Verbier (PA Images)
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, waves to friends as she poses for photographers with her daughters, Beatrice (R) and Eugenie, in the ski resort of Verbier (PA Images)
The Princesses enjoyed an off-duty break from the royal tour of South Africa when they went riding on the golden sands of Bonza Beach (PA Images)
The Princesses enjoyed an off-duty break from the royal tour of South Africa when they went riding on the golden sands of Bonza Beach (PA Images)
The Prince of Wales leads his children Harry (left) and William (right) onto the slopes above  the alpine skiing resort of Klosters in Switzerland (PA Images)
The Prince of Wales leads his children Harry (left) and William (right) onto the slopes above the alpine skiing resort of Klosters in Switzerland (PA Images)
The Prince of wales with his sons Prince William (right) and Prince Harry above the Falls of Muick on the Balmoral estate, Scotland where they are taking a summer break (PA)
The Prince of wales with his sons Prince William (right) and Prince Harry above the Falls of Muick on the Balmoral estate, Scotland where they are taking a summer break (PA)