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.
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