Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex have had their first baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, and he’s seventh in line to the throne. We have the FAQs. Traditionally, the line of
succession to the British throne has been determined by descent, gender… more on that later, legitimacy and religion. George VI became king in 1936
when his brother abdicated. He died in February 1952. Thus, Queen Elizabeth II became queen and has been on throne for 67 years, the longest-ever reign. Prince Charles is first in line, followed by Prince William and his three children: Prince George, Princess
Charlotte and Prince Louis. Before William had his
first child in 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 changed the law, so that brothers no longer automatically
outranked their sisters regardless of birth order. Thus, Princess Charlotte is fourth in line and was not automatically displaced when little brother Prince Louis was born. Prior to this change, there have only been six
reigning queens in England and Great Britain since the 11th century. So, baby Archie is seventh in line, following his father Prince Harry. Archie won’t be called His Royal Highness because his parents and
the queen have decided to forgo an official royal title or courtesy title. The queen has the final say based on changes in the rules on such matters laid down in 1917 by her
grandfather King George V. And if William and Duchess
Kate have any more children this will bump Harry and
Archie down the line.

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