Charles III is king: who will be his successor?

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September 8, 2022 will most certainly go down as a sadly memorable date in UK history. After 70 years of reign, Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. He was automatically succeeded by his son, Charles III: as stipulated in the act of establishment promulgated by the British Parliament in 1701, the new sovereign did not need an official ceremony or coronation to take his place on the throne.

In a press release, King Charles III shares his grief: “The death of my beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II is a great moment of sadness for me and all members of my family,” he wrote. “I know his death will be deeply felt across the country, the kingdom, and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world,” it also read.

At 73, ex-Prince Charles is already making history by becoming the oldest heir to the throne… And certainly won’t have as long a reign as his mother, who acceded to the throne in the age of 25. But who are the next members of the royal family to be able to wear the Crown?

According to the British protocol, which is intended to be precise, here is the current order of succession:

Then come the other children of Queen Elizabeth II as well as their own children.