The news that Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday (8), at 96 years old, marking the end of a seven-decade reign in the
United Kingdom, brings up the issue of succession to the British throne. The monarch's
eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, is the one who should assume the crown. Next in line is Prince William, 40, Charles' eldest son with Princess Diana.
The next positions belong to the children of the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Kate
Middleton. In third place is George, nine, followed by siblings Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four.
Prince Harry, youngest son of Charles and Diana and brother of William, occupies the sixth opposition.
Even though he has abdicated his duties as a member of the royal family, the youngest still holds his place in the line.
His children with former US actress Meghan Markle are also present: Archie, three, and Lilibet Diana, one, occupy seventh and eighth place, respectively.
Next in ninth position is Prince Andrew, the Queen's second son, who for many years was even considered Elizabeth II's
favorite child. However, the 62-year-old Duke of York has been embroiled in controversy after being accused of
sexual abuse by Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was assaulted by the prince when she was a teenager. In
February 2022, they reached an out-of-court settlement that secured a substantial donation of money to a charity run by Virginia in favor of victims of sex trafficking.