The Royal Family

the royal family

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Photo by BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

The British Royal Family is a group of very close relatives of the Monarch of the United Kingdom. Read below and the links to the left for more information on the Royal Family.

Elizabeth II is the current Queen of England. She is married to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The couple has four children: Charles, The Prince of Wales; Anne, The Princess Royal; Andrew, The Duke of York; and Prince Edward, the Earl of Essex.

The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, is next in line for the throne. He is succeeded by his eldest son, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. Prince William married the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate on 29 April 2011. The wedding, attended by roughly 1,900 guests, took place at Westminster Abbey in a fashion befitting the elegance and noted class of the royal family. The gave birth to a son, Prince George of Cambridge, on 22 July 2013. Princess Kate is expecting her second child, due April 2015.

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The order of succession of the Royal Family is the sequence in which they stand in line to the throne. This sequence is regulated not only through descent, but also by Parliamentary statute. Precedence determines the seniority of members of the Royal Family at official events and is influenced by a variety of laws, custom and tradition.

For example, though The Duke of Edinburgh does not appear in the immediate line of succession, he appears directly after The Queen in the order of precedence as he is considered the second most senior member of the Royal Family. Prince Charles of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II is next in line for the throne, followed by his son, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.