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Charles has become Britain’s new King following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96.

The Queen became the sixth female to ascend to the British throne in February 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI. She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, serving for more than 70 years.

Charles, the Queen’s eldest son, immediately ascended to the throne as King, putting his elder son, William, first in line for the throne.

Here’s what we know about the British royal family’s line of succession.

King Charles III

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Charles, the Prince of Wales, poses for an official portrait in November 2008. He became King after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Charles was born at Buckingham Palace in London on November 14, 1948. His mother was Princess Elizabeth at the time.

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Princess Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, sit on a lawn with their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne in August 1951.

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Charles attends his mother's coronation in 1953 with his grandmother, left, and his aunt Margaret.

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Charles, right, shakes hands with Sir Gerald Creasy, the governor of Malta, as he and the rest of the royal family visit Malta in May 1954.

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Charles rides with his mother and grandmother as they travel to Westminster Abbey for the wedding of Princess Margaret in May 1960.

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Charles prepares for takeoff during a flying lesson in 1968. In 1971, he earned his wings as a jet pilot and joined the Royal Navy.

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Queen Elizabeth II presents Charles to the people of Wales after his investiture as the Prince of Wales in July 1969.

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Charles walks at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1970. He was the first royal heir to earn a university degree.

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Charles, left, rides go-carts with his brother Prince Edward and his sister, Princess Anne, circa 1969.

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Charles meets US President Richard Nixon during a private visit to Washington in July 1970.

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Charles attends a conference with his father in November 1970.

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Charles goes on a safari in Kenya in February 1971.

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Charles prepares to fire a bazooka while visiting military barracks in West Berlin in October 1972.

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Charles fishes with a wooden spear circa 1975.

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Charles poses for sculptor David McFall in December 1975.

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Charles smokes a peace pipe during a visit to Canada in July 1977.

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Charles rides a horse during an equestrian event in Cirencester, England, in April 1978.

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Charles, as colonel-in-chief, visits the Cheshire Regiment in Canterbury, England, in November 1978. He served in the Royal Navy from 1971 to 1976, and in 2012 his mother appointed him honorary five-star ranks in the navy, army and air force.

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Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles are seen together circa 1979. They dated in the 70s and would eventually marry in 2005. It was the second marriage for both. Their first marriages ended in divorce.

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Charles poses outside the Taj Mahal in India in 1980.

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Charles kisses his first wife, Lady Diana Spencer, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in July 1981. Their wedding ceremony was televised.

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Charles and Princess Diana leave a London hospital with their first child, William, in July 1982.

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Charles and Diana dance together at a formal event.

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Charles shares a playful pie in the face while visiting a community center in Manchester, England, in December 1983.

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Charles walks with natives on a visit to Papua New Guinea in 1984.

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Charles and Diana sit together in Toronto during a royal tour in October 1991. A year later, they were separated. Charles' affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles became public in 1993.

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Charles, Diana and their two sons, William and Harry, gather for V-J Day commemorations in London in August 1995. The couple divorced one year later.

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Charles visits a mosque in London in March 1996.

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South African President Nelson Mandela talks with Prince Charles in London in July 1996.

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Charles poses with the Spice Girls in 1997.

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Charles and his sons spend time together at the Balmoral Castle estate in Balmoral, Scotland, in August 1997.

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Charles, second from right, and Princess Diana's two sisters meet in Paris after Diana was killed in a car crash there in August 1997. She was 36 years old.

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Charles and his sons follow Diana's hearse in London in September 1997.

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Charles stands beside his grandmother's coffin while it lies in state at Westminster Hall in London in April 2002.

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Charles carries a specially painted football through the streets of Ashbourne, England, in March 2003.

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Charles watches a parachute regiment during a D-Day re-enactment in Ranville, France, in June 2004.

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Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles in April 2005.

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Queen Elizabeth II presents Charles with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honor during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May 2009.

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Charles and Camilla were on their way to a performance at the London Palladium when their car was attacked by angry student protesters in December 2010. The students were protesting a hike in tuition fees.

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Charles and Queen Elizabeth II were among those on the Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William wed Kate Middleton in April 2011.

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Charles reads the weather while touring BBC Scotland's headquarters in May 2012.

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Charles meets with US President Barack Obama in the White House Oval Office in March 2015.

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Charles and Camilla react as Zephyr, the bald-eagle mascot of the Army Air Corps, flaps his wings at the Sandringham Flower Show in July 2015.

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Members of the royal family pose for a photo at Buckingham Palace in December 2016. From left are Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip; Prince William; and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

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Charles visits the Italian town of Amatrice in April 2017, after an earthquake had hit.

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Charles and Camilla ride on a raft while visiting the island of Borneo in November 2017.

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Charles leads three cheers for his mother as the Queen celebrated her 92nd birthday at a London concert in April 2018.

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From left, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Duchess Camilla and Queen Elizabeth II watch a Royal Air Force flyover in July 2018.

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Charles accompanies his future daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, as she is married to Prince Harry in May 2018.

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Charles lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in London to commemorate Remembrance Day in November 2018. It was also the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

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Charles poses with family members for an official portrait to mark his 70th birthday. He's holding his grandson Prince George as Camilla sits next to his granddaughter, Princess Charlotte. In the back row, from left, are his grandson Prince Louis; his daughter-in-law Catherine; his son Prince William; his son Prince Harry; and his daughter-in-law Meghan.

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Charles speaks at an event in London in March 2020. Later that month, it was announced that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Born: November 14, 1948

What to know: Charles was the longest serving British monarch-in-waiting; he was the heir apparent since the age of three.

President of The Prince’s Trust and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and president or patron of more than 400 charitable organizations, Charles was the first royal heir to earn a university degree.

More key relatives: Diana, Princess of Wales, to whom he was married from 1981 to 1996. They had two children together: Princes William and Harry.

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Princess Diana remains a beloved figure more than 20 years after her untimely death. See more photos of the British icon and the legacy she left behind.

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Diana, seen here on her first birthday, was born Diana Frances Spencer on July 1, 1961. She was born into a noble family in Sandringham, England. Her father, John, was Viscount Althorp before becoming the 8th Earl Spencer in 1975.

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Diana circa 1965. Growing up, she attended private schools in England and Switzerland.

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Diana poses with her brother, Charles, in 1968. She also had two sisters, Sarah and Jane.

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Diana, far right, is photographed with her father, John, and her three siblings circa 1970. Sarah is on the far left and Jane is next to Diana. When Diana was 7 years old, her parents divorced and her father was given custody of the children.

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A teenage Diana receives a "kiss" from her pony, Scuffle, in 1974. A year later, she became Lady Diana after her grandfather died and her father became the 8th Earl Spencer.

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After finishing school, Diana worked various jobs, including cook, nanny and kindergarten teacher. Here she is in 1980 with two children she looked after as a nanny.

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Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles visit the Ludlow racecourse in October 1980, where Prince Charles was competing as a jockey. Diana and Charles would be engaged just a few months later. Prince Charles admitted in 1994 to a relationship with Parker-Bowles while still married to Diana; Charles and Camilla wed in 2005.

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Diana looks startled after stalling her new car outside her London apartment in November 1980.

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Diana is surrounded by photographers shortly before it was announced that she was engaged to Prince Charles.

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Diana and Charles pose at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement on February 24, 1981.

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Diana and Charles arrive at Goldsmith Hall in London for a charity recital in March 1981.

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The couple poses with Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in March 1981.

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The royal wedding was held July 29, 1981, at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. It was estimated that more than 700 million people watched the ceremony on television.

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Charles and Diana kiss on the Buckingham Palace balcony after being married.

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During their honeymoon, Charles and Diana leave Gibraltar on the royal yacht Britannia.

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The couple spends part of their honeymoon in Scotland.

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Charles and Diana attend the Grand National horse race in April 1982.

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In June 1982, Diana gave birth to her first child, William.

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Diana greets a child while visiting Wrexham, Wales, in November 1982.

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Charles, William and Diana pose for a photo at Kensington Palace in February 1983.

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Diana gave birth to a second son, Harry, in September 1984.

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Charles kisses his wife after a polo match in Cirencester, England, in June 1985.

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Diana watches her boys play at the piano in Kensington Palace in October 1985.

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Diana helps William with a puzzle in October 1985.

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Diana attends a polo match that her husband played in Palm Beach, Florida, in November 1985.

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Diana dances with actor John Travolta at the White House in November 1985. Dancing behind Travolta are US President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan. A few years ago, Diana's blue velvet dress -- nicknamed the "Travolta dress" -- was auctioned for 240,000 British pounds ($362,424 US).

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Diana holds up Harry in the garden of Highgrove House, a royal residence in Gloucestershire, England, in July 1986.

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Prince Harry shows a bit of his personality on the Buckingham Palace balcony in June 1988.

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Diana and her two boys walk outside the Wetherby School in London in April 1990.

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Diana and her sons go skiing in Lech, Austria, in April 1991.

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Diana and Charles sit together during a royal tour of Toronto in October 1991.

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Diana visits Egypt in May 1992.

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Charles and Diana attend a memorial service during a tour of South Korea in November 1992. A month later, it was announced that they had formally separated.

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Diana and her sons visit Thorpe Park, a theme park in Surrey, England, in April 1993.

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Diana arrives at the Serpentine Gallery in London in June 1994.

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A police officer holds back a photographer as Diana walks by in July 1996. It had just been announced that Diana and Charles had divorced.

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Diana talks to amputees in Angola, where she traveled in January 1997 to bring attention to the anti-land mine campaign of the International Red Cross. Sitting on her lap is Sandra Thijica, a 13-year-old who lost her left leg to a land mine.

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Diana wears protective gear as she visits minefields in Angola in January 1997.

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Diana visits Cape Town, South Africa, and meets with South African President Nelson Mandela in March 1997.

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Diana holds hands with Mother Teresa after they met in New York in June 1997.

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This photo, taken from surveillance video, shows Diana arriving at the Ritz Hotel in Paris on August 30, 1997. It is one of the last photos of her alive.

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Diana is seen in a Ritz Hotel elevator with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed. After leaving the hotel, the couple was killed in a high-speed car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris.

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Wreckage is lifted away after the car Diana was in crashed into a pillar on August 31, 1997. Fayed and driver Henri Paul died at the scene. Diana died at a Paris hospital a few hours later. A French investigation concluded that Paul was legally drunk at the time and responsible for the accident. In 2008, a British coroner's jury found that Diana and Fayed were unlawfully killed because of the actions of Paul and pursuing paparazzi.

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On the eve of Diana's funeral, the Queen and Prince Philip look at floral tributes left outside Buckingham Palace. More than 1 million bouquets of flowers were left at Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace in the wake of Diana's death.

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Diana's coffin is carried into London's Westminster Cathedral in September 1997. Watching at the bottom, from left, is Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Charles Spencer, Prince William and Prince Philip.

Diana died in 1997 following a car accident in Paris, along with boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul.

In 2005, Charles married Camilla, the Queen Consort.

Prince William, Prince of Wales

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As the first-born child to Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Prince William has never been far from the public eye.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana leave the hospital with newborn William on June 22, 1982.

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Prince William is watched by his parents as he takes his first steps in public at Kensington Palace in 1983.

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William is accompanied by nanny Barbara Barnes as he leaves St. Mary's Hospital in London in 1984. He was visiting his mother and his newborn brother, Prince Harry.

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From the balcony of Buckingham Palace, a young Prince William watches the Trooping of the Colour in 1985. He is joined by Lady Gabriella Windsor, left, and Lady Zara Phillips.

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Prince William waves from a carriage en route to the wedding of his uncle Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson in 1986.

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William attends his first day at Wetherby School in 1987.

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Charles and his family visit Spain in 1988.

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William and Harry ride bicycles with their parents while on vacation in the Isles of Scilly in 1989.

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William shovels sand onto his mother while playing on a beach in 1990.

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William and Harry wave from the deck of the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1991.

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Princess Diana and Prince William wait for Prince Harry after attending an Easter Sunday church service at Windsor Castle in 1992.

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Prince William grimaces after riding Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World in Florida in 1993. He was with friends of the royal family on a three-day vacation.

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Prince William accompanies his mother to a tennis match at Wimbledon in 1994.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Prince Charles attend a service commemorating V-J Day outside Buckingham Palace in 1995.

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Prince Charles and Prince Harry, at left, stand for anthems as Prince William, right, looks around during the Five Nations rugby championship in 1996.

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Prince William and his brother bow their heads after their mother's funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1997. Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. William was 15 at the time, and Harry was 12.

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Prince William receives flowers from an adoring crowd in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1998. He was on a weeklong vacation with his father and brother, though they also made time for official engagements.

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Britain's Queen Mother joins Prince Charles and his sons during an occasion marking her 99th birthday in 1999.

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Prince William hammers a log while helping construct walkways in a remote village in Chile in 2000.

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William, left, and Harry take part in an exhibition polo match in Gloucestershire, England, in 2001.

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Members of the royal family stand vigil besides the Queen Mother's coffin in 2002. Prince William, right, stands alongside Prince Harry, Princess Anne and Sophie of Wessex.

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A London office worker licks a first-class stamp that was issued to mark Prince William's 21st birthday in 2003. Commemorative coins were also minted for the occasion.

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Prince William makes his water polo debut for the Scottish national universities squad during the annual Celtic Nations tournament in April 2004. William was attending the University of St. Andrews.

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Prince William celebrates his 30th birthday in June 2004.

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William graduates from St. Andrews University in 2005. He earned a degree in geography.

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Queen Elizabeth II glances up at William, right, as she inspects the parade at the Royal Military Academy in 2006. William graduated as an Army officer and later went on to receive his Royal Air Force pilot's wings.

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Prince William and Prince Harry speak on stage with Elton John, far left, during a concert they put on to celebrate Princess Diana in 2007. The event fell on what would have been their mother's 46th birthday.

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Prince William sports a beard for the first time in public at a Christmas Day church service in 2008. He was clean-shaven by early January.

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Prince William walks with a group of homeless people during a 2009 hike with Centrepoint, the United Kingdom's largest youth charity for the homeless. William became the patron of the organization in 2005.

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During an official overseas visit in 2010, Prince William is welcomed to Sydney with a traditional smoke ceremony.

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Prince William kisses his wife, Catherine, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding on April 29, 2011. The two met while attending the University of St. Andrews.

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William and Catherine meet with US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama while the Obamas visited Buckingham Palace in May 2011.

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William throws a foam javelin during a visit to Nottingham, England, in 2012. He and his wife were in the city as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee tour, marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

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William and Catherine depart St. Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn son, George, in July 2013.

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William and Catherine sit in front of the Taj Mahal while on a royal tour of India in April 2016.

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Prince William and Prince Harry try out "Star Wars" lightsabers during a tour of the movie sets in Iver Heath, England, in April 2016.

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William and Catherine join from left, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Queen Elizabeth II; and Prince Philip at a Buckingham Palace reception in December 2016.

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William and Harry are joined by Peter Phillips, left, during a ceremonial procession at the funeral of Prince Philip in April 2021.

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William and Harry unveil a statue they commissioned of their mother on what would have been her 60th birthday in July 2021.

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Prince William sits by the Imperial State Crown during the opening of Parliament in May 2022.

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William and Catherine stand with their children -- from left, Louis, Charlotte and George -- on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour parade in June 2022.

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This photo of Prince William and his children in Jordan was released by Kensington Palace in June 2022.

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William is seen driving Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as they arrive at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on the day Queen Elizabeth II died in September 2022.

Born: June 21, 1982

What to know: William, Prince of Wales is first in line to the throne. He has achieved the highest educational degree – Master of Arts – of any member of the royal family. He served in the military from 2006 to 2013, participating in more than 150 helicopter search and rescue operations.

More key relatives: Catherine, Princess of Wales, whom he married in 2011. The couple have three children together: Prince George, 9; Princess Charlotte, 7; and Prince Louis, 4.

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This autumn 2020 image provided by Kensington Palace shows the 2020 Christmas card of Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, with their children, Prince George, left, Prince Louis, center, and Princess Charlotte.

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William and Kate visit 282 East Ham Squadron, Air Training Corps, in East London on April 21. During the visit, the squadron paid tribute to the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who served as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps for 63 years.

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William and Kate attend the funeral service of William's grandfather, Prince Philip, inside St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, on April 17.

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Will and Kate are pictured during a visit to Westminster Abbey, where a Covid-19 vaccination center has been set up, on March 23, in London.

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Will and Kate arrive with their three children to attend a pantomime performance of the National Lotterys Pantoland, at the London Palladium Theatre, on December 11, 2020, to thank key workers and their families for their efforts throughout the pandemic.

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Will watches as Kate pours a tray of bagel dough into a container during a visit to Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery in London, on September 15, 2020.

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The royal family meets with naturalist David Attenborough at Kensington Palace in London, in September 2020, after a private screening of Attenborough's latest environmental documentary, "A Life On Our Planet," which focuses on the harm that has been done to the natural world in recent decades.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, top left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, second from right, follow Prince William and Catherine as they depart Westminster Abbey with Prince Charles, bottom center, after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in London on March 9, 2020.

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William and Kate visit a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan, on October 16, 2019.

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William and Kate escort Princess Charlotte, accompanied by her brother, Prince George, as Charlotte arrives for her first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London, on September 5, 2019.

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The family is photographed during Trooping the Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019, in London.

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Kate shows Queen Elizabeth and Will around the "Back to Nature Garden" that Kate helped designed during their visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London, on May 20, 2019.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, kisses Prince Louis as they pose next to Princess Charlotte and Prince George in Norfolk in a handout photo taken by Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in 2019.

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From left: Prince William, Catherine, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrive to attend a Christmas Day church service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018, in King's Lynn, England.

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Kate holds Prince Louis on their arrival for his christening service at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, London, on July 9, 2018.

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Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, hold their newborn baby son outside a London hospital on April 23, 2018. The boy, whose name was announced several days later as Louis Arthur Charles, is their third child.

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Prince William holds the hands of his other two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as they visit the hospital to meet their new brother.

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Will and Kate attend the Royal Foundation Forum in London with Will's brother, Prince Harry, and Harry's fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle, on February 28, 2018.

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The couple attends the BAFTA Awards in London on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

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During a visit to Norway, Catherine is escorted to dinner by King Harald V of Norway on February 1, 2018. William is escorted by Norway's Queen Sonja.

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The image, used for the Duke and Duchess' 2017 Christmas card, shows the couple with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Paddington Bear dances with Catherine while Prince William looks on during a charity event in London in October 2017.

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The royal family arrives at the airport in Berlin for a three-day visit in Germany in July 2017.

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This photo of Charlotte was taken in April 2017 by her mother. Charlotte is fourth in line to the British throne behind her grandfather, Prince Charles; her father, Prince William; and her big brother, Prince George.

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Charlotte is held by her mother as her family ends an eight-day tour of Canada in October 2016. At left is her brother and her father.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released new photos of Prince George to mark his third birthday in July 2016. Here he plays with the family's pet dog, Lupo.

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Members of the royal family gather on a balcony in June 2016, during celebrations marking the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. From left are Princess Anne; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles; Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge; Princess Charlotte; Prince George; Prince William; Prince Harry; Queen Elizabeth II; and Prince Philip.

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Kensington Palace released four photos of Princess Charlotte ahead of her first birthday in May 2016.

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US President Barack Obama talks with Prince William as Catherine plays with Prince George in April 2016. The President and his wife were visiting Kensington Palace.

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Prince George gets a boost from some foam blocks for a special family photo in April 2016. The portrait, featuring the four generations of the House of Windsor, was commissioned by the Royal Mail and would be featured on a series of stamps to commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday.

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William and Catherine pose with their children during a trip to the French Alps in March 2016.

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The family poses for a Christmas photo in December 2015.

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Princess Charlotte plays with a stuffed dog in this photo taken by her mother in November 2015.

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William and Catherine pose with their children at Charlotte's christening in July 2015.

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Princess Charlotte is seen with her big brother for the first time in a photo released by Kensington Palace in June 2015.

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William and Catherine present their newborn daughter as they leave a London hospital in May 2015.

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The royal family celebrates Prince George's first birthday with a trip to the Natural History Museum in July 2014.

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The royal family waves to a crowd before boarding a plane in Wellington, New Zealand, in April 2014. They went on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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The royal couple attends the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London in September 2013.

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William and Catherine start an ultra marathon in Holyhead, Wales, in August 2013. It was Catherine's first public appearance since the birth of Prince George.

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The couple are pictured with their newborn boy, Prince George, in 2013. The new parents released two family photographs taken by Michael Middleton, Catherine's father.

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The Duke and Duchess and their newborn son depart St. Mary's Hospital in London in July 2013.

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In April 2013, Harry, Catherine and William make magic on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the "Harry Potter" films.

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The couple attends a St. Patrick's Day parade as they visit Aldershot, England, in March 2013.

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In September 2012, the couple drank coconut milk from a tree that Queen Elizabeth II planted decades ago in the South Pacific nation of Tuvalu.

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Catherine and William celebrate during cycling events at the Olympic Games in London in August 2012.

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The Queen, William and Catherine stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the finale of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012.

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As part of their charity work, the couple attended a "healthy living cookery session" in London in December 2011.

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The newly married royal couple watches a rodeo demonstration at a government reception in Calgary, Alberta, in July 2011.

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Catherine shovels soil during a tree-planting ceremony in Ottawa in July 2011.

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You can feel the love as the happy couple attends a Snowbirds air show during Canada Day celebrations in July 2011.

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US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama meet with the royal couple at Buckingham Palace in May 2011.

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The newlyweds walk hand in hand from Buckingham Palace the day after their wedding in April 2011.

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After their wedding on April 29, 2011, the couple drove from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House in a vintage Aston Martin.

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William and Catherine kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony in London.

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The pair returned to their alma mater in St. Andrews, Scotland, in February 2011. They launched a fundraising campaign for a new scholarship.

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The couple poses for photographers to mark their engagement in November 2010. Catherine received the engagement ring that belonged to William's late mother, Diana.

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The couple cheers on the English rugby team during the Six Nations Championship match in London in February 2007.

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The couple takes a photo after graduating from the University of St. Andrews in June 2005. They met at school and even shared a house with others while students.

The family live in Adelaide Cottage, a four-bedroom property on the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire, about 25 miles from London. Their London residence, Kensington Palace, will remain the family’s principal residence, however, a royal source told CNN in August.

Prince George

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Prince George attends the memorial service for the Duke Of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on March 29, 2022.

Born: July 22, 2013

What to know: If all goes as planned and he becomes King after the reigns of his grandfather Prince Charles and his father Prince William, George – now second in line – will be the 43rd monarch since William the Conqueror.

But for now, he’s still brushing up on his education: George currently attends Lambrook School near Windsor along with his younger sister, Princess Charlotte and his younger brother, Prince Louis.

Princess Charlotte

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Princess Charlotte, in a photo taken by her mother, appears before her seventh birthday on May 2, 2022.

Born: May 2, 2015

What to know: Third in line to the throne, Princess Charlotte was born into a more equitable era: In 2011, the British monarchy abolished a rule that gave preference to male heirs over their sisters in the line of succession.

Prince Louis

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Prince Louis ahead of his fourth birthday on April 23, 2022. The photograph was taken earlier in April in Norfolk by his mother.

Born: April 23, 2018

What to know: Prince Louis, fourth in line to the throne, arrived during a busy season for the royal family; he was born just weeks before the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

As is tradition, a golden easel bearing a framed notice announcing the birth was placed on display in front of Buckingham Palace that afternoon. The practice of posting a bulletin on the occasion of a royal birth goes back to at least 1837, when Buckingham Palace became the British monarch’s official residence.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex

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"Every picture has a back story," says Jackson. This one was shot in Nepal in 2016. "We were spending a night in a village up in the foothills and watching the sunrise. That was an amazing moment for me, and I'm sure it was for Prince Harry as well... A lot of the pictures are quite energetic and that's great, but this is more of a rarity and quite pensive." Leorani, Nepal, March 2016.

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Meghan first appeared alongside Harry at the Invictus Games in Canada in September last year. "No one knew that was going to happen," Jackson says. "It was a nice surprise for everyone." Toronto, Canada, September 2017.

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"Things happen quite quickly with Harry," says Jackson. After presenting a Norwegian wheelchair rugby player with a gold medal at last year's Invictus Games, Harry spontaneously kissed him on the head. "That was a great moment -- and it makes a great picture," says Jackson. Toronto, Canada, September 2017.

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"I always love going on a Prince Harry tour," says Jackson. "There are elements of formality as well as more relaxed moments." Surama, Guyana, December 2016.

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Harry meets medical alert dog Jasmine as he visits venues ahead of the opening of the 2016 Invictus Games. Orlando, US, May 2016.

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Harry posed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a trip to Toronto in 2016. "Formality and ceremony are very much part of your job as a royal. It's not always relaxed," says Jackson. "(Harry) seems to have a strong bond with Trudeau. It was nice to photograph these two together." Toronto, Canada, May 2016.

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Harry (back right) watches the annual "Trooping the Colour" parade with other members of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. "That's one of few times we see the whole royal family out on the balcony," says Jackson. "It's great to capture these relaxed moments." London, UK, June 2015.

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Harry performs a "hongi" (traditional Maori greeting) while on a trip to New Zealand. Wanganui, New Zealand, May 2015.

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Harry plays touch rugby with schoolchildren during a trip to New Zealand. Palmerston North, New Zealand, May 2015.

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Harry "connects with (kids) in a very unique way," says Jackson. "He gets stuck in with whatever they're doing." On this occasion, the prince was visiting the Thuso Centre in Lesotho for children living with multiple disabilities. Butha-Buthe, Lesotho, December 2014.

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Harry was visiting Oman in 2014 when Jackson took this picture. "The chap was showing him a sword dance and offered him a sword and shield," he says. "He's got a real sense of humor and he's not just going to stand there. It makes a great picture and makes my job a lot easier." Muscat, Oman, November 2014.

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Harry and his older brother William share a joke with their father Charles during the Invictus Games in 2014. London, UK, September 2014.

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Alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry watches for the riders at the finish of the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France. The three young royals "seem to get on very well," says Jackson. Harrogate, UK, July 2014.

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There's a "huge amount of respect" between Harry and his older brother William, says Jackson. "From what I've seen, they work very closely." Cirencester, UK, July 2013.

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During a visit to Jamaica, Prince Harry challenged world-class sprinter Usain Bolt to a race. "I remember it so clearly," says Jackson. "Prince Harry sprinted off leaving Bolt trailing in his wake. That caught me by surprise... That's the kind of thing that happens with Harry. You've got to learn to always be ready." Kingston, Jamaica, March 2012.

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Harry has been a keen polo player for many years. This shot, one of Jackson's earliest as royal photographer for Getty Images, was taken during a match against Virginia State polo in 2005. Cirencester, UK, July 2005.

Born: September 15, 1984

What to know: Fifth in line to the throne, Prince Harry also trained in the military. In 2008, the British Ministry of Defense announced that Harry had secretly been serving in Afghanistan with his Army unit on a four-month mission since December 2007.

He was quickly withdrawn for security reasons, but later returned as an Apache helicopter pilot in 2012. In 2015, after nearly a decade of service, he announced he was leaving the armed forces.

The Duke of Sussex is also the founder of the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for injured servicemen and women. The first games were held in London in 2014.

More key relatives: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, whom he married in 2018. The couple welcomed their first child, son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May 2019. Their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born in June 2021.

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are pictured during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired in the United States in March 2021. It was their first sit-down appearance since leaving Britain last year.

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Harry and Meghan shared this image in February 2021 to accompany the announcement that they were expecting their second child. Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on June 4, 2021.

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Meghan celebrates her son's first birthday with a reading of the children's book "Duck! Rabbit!" in May 2020. In a video posted online -- and filmed by her husband -- Meghan read to Archie from the popular book and encouraged fans to donate to a number of causes aimed at helping young people.

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Harry and Meghan attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at London's Westminster Abbey in March 2020. This marked the couple's final engagement as senior members of the royal family.

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Harry and Meghan attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in London in March 2020.

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Meghan and Harry visit the Canada House in London in January 2020. The couple announced the next day that they would be stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

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Meghan and Harry visit a community center in Windsor, England, in November 2019.

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The couple attends the annual Festival of Remembrance in November 2019.

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Harry and Meghan attend a pre-ceremony reception for the WellChild Awards in October 2019.

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Meghan is photographed during a royal tour of South Africa in October 2019.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu kisses Archie, Meghan and Harry's son, in September 2019.

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Harry and Meghan dance during their royal tour of South Africa in September 2019.

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Meghan holds Archie during the South African tour.

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Harry and Meghan greet singer Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, as they attend the European premiere of the film "The Lion King" in July 2019.

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone presents the couple with a jersey for Archie before a Major League Baseball game in London in June 2019.

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Queen Elizabeth II looks at her new great-grandchild, Archie, in May 2019. Prince Philip is on the far left. Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, is next to her at right.

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Meghan and Harry present their newborn son at Windsor Castle in May 2019.

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Meghan and Harry walk past tapestries during a visit to Rabat, Morocco, in February 2019.

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Meghan and Harry attend a Christmas Day church service in December 2018. With them, from left, are Prince Charles; Prince William; and William's wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Harry and William are the two sons of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

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Meghan and Harry cheer on sailors during the Invictus Games in Australia in October 2018.

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The couple talks to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and well-being, in Sydney in October 2018.

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Meghan and Harry pose with the cast and crew of the musical "Hamilton" after a performance in London in August 2018. Harry gave those in the theater something to remember after breaking into mock-song at the end of the show. The show was held to raise money for his HIV charity, Sentebale.

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Members of the royal family watch a flyover during a July 2018 event marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force. From left are Prince Charles; Prince Andrew; Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; Queen Elizabeth II; Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex; Prince Harry; Prince William; and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Meghan and Harry attend the Royal Ascot horse races in June 2018.

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The couple poses with family members after getting married in May 2018.

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Just after getting married, the newlyweds wave during their carriage procession in Windsor, England. Zoom in for a closer look

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The couple watches Coach Core apprentices take part in a training exercise in Birmingham, England, in March 2018. The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by the Royal Foundation to train young people to become sports coaches and mentors within their communities.

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Harry and Meghan join Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, during a Royal Foundation Forum in February 2018.

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The couple watches a dance class during a visit to Cardiff, Wales, in January 2018.

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The couple meets well-wishers during an appearance in London in January 2018.

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A shop worker in Windsor, England, adjusts memorabilia celebrating the engagement of Harry and Meghan. Their engagement was announced in November 2017.

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Meghan flashed her engagement ring to reporters during a November 2017 photo call. The ring, designed by Harry, featured a large diamond from Botswana and two smaller outer diamonds from the personal collection of Harry's late mother.

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Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance as a couple at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September 2017. The pair were introduced in July 2016 by mutual friends in London.

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Harry and Meghan embrace at a polo match in May 2017.

In early 2020, the pair announced that they were stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family. They now live in the US.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex tend to Archie Mountbatten-Windsoron September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Toby Melville - Pool/Getty Images)

Born: May 6, 2019

What to know: In a significant milestone across the Commonwealth and within British society, baby Archie made history by becoming the first biracial British child in the royal family.

When he was born – at which point he became seventh in line – he didn’t immediately qualify for the title of prince, and Buckingham Palace told CNN at the time that his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, had chosen not to use any title at all for their son.

Now that Charles has become King, Prince Harry’s son – who is now sixth in line – will be eligible to become His Royal Highness Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor

Born: June 4, 2021

What to know: Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born in Santa Barbara, California, in June 2021 following the decision of her parents, Harry and Meghan, to step back from royal life in the UK and move to the US.

Her unusual name is a tribute to her great-grandmother, the Queen – Lilibet was her childhood nickname. Baby Lili’s middle name, Diana, “was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in a statement.

Seventh in line to the throne, the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild is the most senior royal in the line of succession to have been born overseas.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York

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Prince Andrew is seen in August 2017.

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Prince Andrew was born February 19, 1960, as the second son to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

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Prince Andrew sits on his father's lap during a holiday in Scotland in September 1960. At left is his sister, Princess Anne. At right, next to the Queen, is his brother Prince Charles.

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The royal family poses for photos in 1968. Prince Andrew is at bottom right. He is joined by his parents and his three siblings, including his younger brother, Prince Edward.

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The Queen looks at a photo album with Andrew, left, and Edward in 1971.

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From left, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew attend an equestrian event in 1972.

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Prince Andrew is photographed on his 18th birthday in 1978.

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Prince Andrew receives a Green Beret award at an event in 1980. He served in the British Royal Navy for 22 years and was a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.

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Prince Andrew is second from right in this photo taken at the 1981 wedding of his brother Prince Charles.

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Prince Andrew poses next to a helicopter in 1982.

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Girls line up to give flowers to Prince Andrew as he arrives in Portsmouth, England, for an event in 1983.

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The prince is face to face with a cow during a royal tour of Canada in 1985.

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In July 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson. They were the ultimate "It" couple of the late 1980s. Their wedding drew a TV audience of hundreds of millions.

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Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, visit Canada in 1987. Ferguson, a commoner, was said to bring a breath of fresh air to the royal family.

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The Duke and Duchess of York pose during their Canadian holiday in 1987.

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The couple holds their first child, Beatrice, in 1988. They had two children together before their high-profile divorce in 1996.

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Prince Andrew holds hands with his two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, after arriving for a dinner in London in 1997.

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The prince lines up a putt during a celebrity golf tournament in 1998.

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Prince Andrew attends a party with girlfriend Aurelia Cecil in 1999.

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Prince Andrew poses with Donald Trump and Trump's future wife, Melania, at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2000.

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The prince attends a Formula 1 party in London in 2000.

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Prince Andrew visits the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, England, in 2006.

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Prince Andrew, back left, poses with his parents and his siblings for a family photo in 2007.

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Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein walk through New York's Central Park in 2011.

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The prince was installed as chancellor of the University of Huddersfield in 2015.

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Prince Andrew and his parents watch horse racing in Epsom, England, in 2016.

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Princess Eugenie is accompanied by her father during her wedding in 2018.

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Prince Andrew talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which took place in London in November 2019.

Born: February 19, 1960

What to know: Prince Andrew is the third of the Queen’s four children, and eighth in line to the British throne. He served in the British Royal Navy for 22 years and was a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.

In 2019, the prince announced that he was going to step back from public duties after a controversial interview in which he denied allegations that he had sex with an underaged woman who said she had been trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew, who has been under intense scrutiny for his decades-long friendship with Epstein, said in a statement announcing his decision that the association became “a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support.”

While he’s still a prince, Andrew no longer has an official role.

More key relatives: Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, whom Andrew married in 1986.

Sarah and Andrew had two children together – Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie – before a high-profile divorce in 1996.

Princess Beatrice

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Princess Beatrice arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie on October 12, 2018. (Steve Parsons/Pool via Reuters)

Born: August 8, 1988

What to know: Princess Beatrice, ninth in the line of succession to the British throne, married real estate specialist Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a private ceremony in July 2020. The wedding was a significantly pared-back event attended by the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and close family to ensure compliance with Covid-19 guidelines at the time.

In September 2021, she gave birth to daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, who became the 10th in line to the throne.

Beatrice, 34, has a royal title but works a regular, full-time day job as vice president of partnerships and strategy at tech company Afiniti.

Princess Eugenie

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Britain's Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank emerge from St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Friday, October 12 after their wedding ceremony.

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Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank travel in the Scottish State Coach at the start of their carriage procession following their wedding at St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wave at the start of their carriage procession.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave St. George's Chapel after their wedding.

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Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice and the bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, wave as the bride and groom depart from the chapel.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank kiss on the steps of St. George's Chapel.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wait for the arrival by open carriage of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank following their wedding.

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British model Cara Delevingne leaves after the ceremony.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William leave after the wedding.

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The newlyweds walk down the aisle.

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Dean of Windsor David Conner presides over the wedding ceremony.

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Britain's royal family is seen attending the ceremony.

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Nicola and George Brooksbank are seen before the start of the wedding ceremony.

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Princess Eugenie walks down the aisle with her father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the wedding.

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Prince Andrew walks his daughter Princess Eugenie of York down the aisle.

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The bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arrive for the wedding.

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Princess Eugenie and her father Prince Andrew make their way up the steps at St. George's Chapel.

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Princess Eugenie pauses on her way into the chapel.

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Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wait for the ceremony to begin.

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Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is serving as a bridesmaid.

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Princess Eugenie arrives by car.

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The bride's mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Princess Beatrice of York wave from outside St. George's Chapel.

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Ricky Martin arrives.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, head into the chapel.

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Naomi Campbell arrives.

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Singer Robbie Williams and film and television star Ayda Field, his wife, arrive ahead of the wedding.

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, arrives for the royal wedding.

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Eric Buterbaugh and Demi Moore make their way to the ceremony.

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Stephen Fry and his husband Elliott Spencer walk toward the chapel..

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Guests assemble at Windsor Castle.

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Chelsy Davy, left, arrives.

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Musician George Barnett and model Pixie Geldof outside Windsor Castle.

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A fan of the royal family takes up a position outside Windsor Castle.

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Royal supporters get into position holding the Union Jack outside the castle.

Born: March 23, 1990

What to know: The younger York sister is 11th in the line of succession, and, after her cousin Prince Harry, was the second royal to throw a massive wedding in 2018.

She wed Jack Brooksbank, a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila, which was founded by George Clooney and Rande Gerber, husband of supermodel Cindy Crawford. Like her sister, Princess Eugenie has a fairly everyday job: she works as the director of the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in London.

In February 2021, she gave birth to her son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is the 12th in line to the throne.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

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Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, meets young recipients of the award during the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award presentations at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Born: March 10, 1964

What to know: The youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Prince Edward is 13th in line to the British throne. He’s currently a full-time working member of the royal family. Prince Edward previously trained as a cadet in the Royal Marines and worked as a theater and TV producer.

More key relatives: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, whom Prince Edward married in 1999. The couple have two children together, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

James, Viscount Severn

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James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Born: December 17, 2007

What to know: Despite being younger than his sister Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, the Viscount Severn is ahead of her in the line of succession because of the previous rule that saw the British monarchy favor male heirs over their sisters. He is 14th in line to the throne.

Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

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Lady Louise Windsor during Trooping The Colour on the Mall on June 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Born: November 8, 2003

What to know: The oldest child of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor is now 15th in line to the throne. Her parents chose more subdued royal titles and, with the permission of the Queen, gave their children titles in the style of an earl rather than prince and princess.

Anne, the Princess Royal

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Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal attends the Commissioning Ceremony of HMS Queen Elizabeth at HM Naval Base on December 7, 2017 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Born: August 15, 1950

What to know: The second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Anne was third in the line of succession at birth – but today she’s No. 16, behind her brothers and their children and grandchildren.

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Picture taken on February 26, 1970 showing Prince Charles and Princess Anne of the royal family. (Photo by CENTRAL PRESS PHOTO LTD /AFP via Getty Images)

Widely known as an expert horsewoman, the Princess Royal competed as an equestrian in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal – just two years after surviving a kidnapping attempt. Today she’s part of the International Olympic Committee in addition to serving various charitable organizations.

More key relatives: Capt. Mark Phillips, the Princess Royal’s first husband, with whom she has two children: Peter and Zara. Phillips, an army officer, was a commoner who declined to receive a royal title; Anne also declined her mother’s offer to give titles to Peter and Zara.

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Olympic mission —

Having given birth to her first child in January, Zara Phillips has since returned to competition and helped Great Britain qualify for the 2016 Olympics with her performance at August's FEI World Equestrian Games.

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Mother and daughter —

Queen Elizabeth II's eldest granddaughter gave birth to Mia Grace Tindall on January 17, 2014. Mia is 16th in line for the British throne.

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Sporting couple —

Mia's father is rugby star Mike Tindall, who married Phillips on July 30, 2011.

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Family ties —

In September 2014, Phillips and her husband took part in a wheelchair rugby exhibition match during the Invictus Games for war veterans organized by her cousin Prince Harry (pictured behind).

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London success —

After missing out in 2004 and 2008 due to her horse Toytown sustaining injuries, Phillips had to wait until 2012 before she participated in her first Olympics, in which she won a silver medal in the team equestrian event.

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In the family —

She was presented her medal by her mother, Princess Anne, who participated in the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal as a member of Britain's equestrian team.

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Golden heritage —

Her father Mark Phillips, left, was part of Britain's gold-medal-winning eventing team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and he also won silver at Seoul '88.

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Champion of the world —

The 33-year-old Zara is a former world champion, taking gold in 2006, and won European titles in 2005 and 2007.

Anne and Phillips divorced in 1992, and the Princess Royal went on to marry Royal Navy officer and equerry to the Queen, Timothy Laurence, that same year.

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FAQs

Who will succeed when Queen Elizabeth dies? ›

She was 96. Buckingham Palace confirmed her death in a statement. She will be succeeded by her son, Charles, Prince of Wales, who will now become King Charles III. Charles' wife, Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, will now become The Queen Consort.

Who are the next 5 people in line for the British throne? ›

King Charles III is the sovereign, and his heir apparent is his elder son, William, Prince of Wales. William's elder son, Prince George, is second in line, followed by his sister, Princess Charlotte, and his younger brother, Prince Louis.

Who is 8th in the line of succession to the British throne? ›

8. The Duke of York. Prince Andrew, eighth in line to the throne, was the third child of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh - but the first to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years. He was created the Duke of York on his marriage to Sarah Ferguson, who became Duchess of York, in 1986.

Why is Prince Charles not in the line of succession? ›

This is because, up until 2013, royal custom dictated that the birth of a royal male baby would displace his female sibling in the line of succession, even if she was older than him. Therefore, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, and their subsequent children are before the Princess Royal in line to the throne.

Will Kate ever be queen? ›

This is a loaded question, but the straightforward answer is yes. Princess Catherine will eventually become queen when Prince William is named king. However, that won't happen until his dad, King Charles, steps down as monarch (or passes away).

Who will inherit Queen Elizabeth money? ›

So what will Prince William inherit from Queen Elizabeth? After Queen Elizabeth's death, Prince William inherited the Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate worth around $1.2 billion.

Who are the next 10 Royals in line for the British throne? ›

The line of Succession
  • The Prince of Wales.
  • Prince George of Wales.
  • Princess Charlotte of Wales.
  • Prince Louis of Wales.
  • The Duke of Sussex.
  • Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
  • Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
  • The Duke of York.

Will Harry's title change when Charles is king? ›

As King Charles III's second-born son, Prince Harry and Meghan are unlikely to have their titles changed, likely remaining the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The couple resigned from their royal duties in 2020 in response to the intense pressure and media scrutiny that they said they faced.

Why is queen consort not queen? ›

This applies to Queen Elizabeth II as she rose to power after her father (King George VI) died in 1952. The Queen Consort is simply the reigning king's wife, their role is defined by marriage and is more symbolic as they offer the monarch support, unlike the Queen who is officially the UK's ruler.

Who is 7th in line to the British throne? ›

Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, 1, is seventh in line to the throne, behind her older brother. Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is Queen Elizabeth II's third child and second son.

Who is 13 in line to the throne? ›

PRINCE EDWARD

The Queen's third eldest son and 13th in line to the throne.

Why is Andrew ahead of Anne in succession? ›

Because they were born before the Succession to the Crown Act was implemented, Andrew jumps ahead of his older sister, Princess Anne.

Can the Queen skip Charles and give the throne to William? ›

Even if the Queen had desired to skip Charles in favor of William, she did not have the power to choose her successor on a whim. The 1701 Act of Settlement is the act of Parliament that determines the succession to the throne and requires that a monarch's heir must be his or her direct successor (and a Protestant).

Will Charles abdicate in favor of William? ›

Tragically, one of her most poignant predictions for 2022 proved correct when Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle on September 8. However, King Charles has made it clear that he will not abdicate in favour of his son, Prince William.

Can a royal be removed from the line of succession? ›

How can royal family members be removed from the line of succession? It requires an Act of Parliament, based on specific criteria.

Would Diana have been called queen? ›

Would Princess Diana have become Queen? If Prince Charles had become King during their marriage then she would have been his consort with the title Queen Diana. They divorced in 1996 and she died in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997.

Does Prince Harry have to bow to Prince William? ›

' King Charles's sons, as well as his daughters-in-law also have to follow a new protocol, according to Hello! From now on, whenever they first acknowledge the king, Prince William and Prince Harry will have to bow, while Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle will be required to curtsey.

Why do royals sleep in separate beds? ›

Lady Pamela explained, “In England, the upper class always have had separate bedrooms. You don't want to be bothered with snoring or someone flinging a leg around. Then when you are feeling cozy you share your room sometimes. It is lovely to be able to choose.”

What did Kate inherit from the Queen? ›

Kate Middleton wore a pearl choker that once belonged to Her late Majesty; Meghan wore a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings that were a gift from the Queen on the occasion of their first joint engagement together in 2018, the same year Meghan married into the family.

Will Harry get an inheritance from the Queen? ›

When the Queen mother (Harry's great-grandmother) died at age 101 in year 2002, it was thought that she left $18 million of her $100 million estate to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. However, according to a Forbes report in February 2021, Harry actually received nothing from his great-grandmother.

What will Prince William inherit? ›

What did Prince William inherit? The future king inherits the private Duchy of Cornwall estate from his father, King Charles III. Created in 1337 by King Edward III, the estate is said to be worth more than 95 billion rupees ($1.2 billion), as per financial accounts from the last year.

Who will be queen if Charles is king? ›

He's not the only royal to get a new title, though—Camilla Parker Bowles, King Charles's wife of 17 years, also has a new title: queen consort. In fact, she will officially be crowned queen consort during King Charles's coronation at Westminster Abbey on May 6.

Who will be king if Charles dies before the queen? ›

The Prince of Wales, Prince William, is currently next in line for the throne. This is because he is the first-born child of King Charles III. He will become king when his father gives up the throne or dies.

Who will be king after William? ›

Prince George, nine

Kate and William's oldest son, George, takes William's place as second in line to become the next British monarch.

What will Kate's title be when William becomes king? ›

This styling is here to stay, until William succeeds his father on the throne one day. Then, Catherine will be formally known as the Queen Consort or popularly Queen Catherine, as Charles' wife Queen Camilla is now.

What happens to William and Kate if Charles becomes king? ›

'As an adult, Prince William might expect to become Prince of Wales soon after his father's accession; but that will be a matter for the new King to decide because, strictly, the title is not heritable. ' If Charles does offer the Prince of Wales title to his eldest son, Kate's official title will also change.

What does Kate call the Queen? ›

What Kate calls the Queen. While the rest of the world is required to address Queen Elizabeth as Ma'am or your majesty, those closest to her are allowed to refer to her as Mama, according to Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty magazine.

Will Kate be Queen Consort or queen? ›

When Prince William becomes King, his wife Kate will become Queen, but not in the same way that Queen Elizabeth II was queen. Kate, who will be the spouse of the ruling monarch whenever William ascends, will have the title Queen Consort. The title of 'consort' refers simply to the spouse of a ruling monarch.

Can Camilla wear the crown jewels? ›

The historic treasure was seized by the East India Company in 1849 when it was presented to Queen Victoria and became part of the Crown Jewels. Camilla may not wear a jewel-encrusted crown at the King's coronation as it could bring back "painful memories of the colonial past", according to reports.

Can a queen have a King Consort? ›

A king consort or emperor consort is a rarely used (or disputed) title to describe the husband of a queen regnant. Examples include: Mary, Queen of Scots (reigned 1542–1567) married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, the eldest son of the Earl and Countess of Lennox in July 1565.

Who is 14 in line to the throne? ›

14 in line for the throne is James, Viscount Severn — the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, with whom he's seen here.

Why is Princess Anne not 7th in line to the throne? ›

Although Anne, Princess Royal, is the Queen's second-eldest child, she is sixteenth in line for the throne. This is because, up until 2013, royal custom dictated that the birth of a royal male baby would displace his female sibling in the line of succession, even if she was older than him.

Is Kate Middleton in line for the throne? ›

Following His Majesty King Charles taking the throne in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth's death, his son Prince William became next in line for the crown and received a title change, meaning the same happened for Kate Middleton.

Is Charles in line to be king? ›

Prince Charles is presently heir (next in line) to the British throne. He will not become king until his mother, Queen Elizabeth, abdicates (gives up the throne), retires or dies. When either of these happen, Prince Charles may abdicate and pass the throne to his eldest son Prince William.

Did the queen leave inheritance to her grandchildren? ›

Her Majesty leaves behind over $500 million in personal assets from her 70 years on the throne, which King Charles III., her other children, grandchildren, and other potential beneficiaries will inherit.

What will Princess Anne inherit? ›

The item in question is the former monarch's three-strand pearl necklace and it holds an extra special meaning to both the Princess and her late mother as it was a gift to Her Majesty from her father King George VI, Anne's grandfather.

Who will be Princess Royal after Anne? ›

The title can only be held by one member of the Royal family. This means that Princess Charlotte could only become a Princess Royal if the title was vacant, following the death of Princess Anne. Additionally, the title is not automatically inherited and has to be granted by the reigning monarch.

Will Princess Charlotte ever be queen? ›

The wife of a king automatically becomes a queen consort and only a change in legislation will prevent her from doing so. This is because the throne can only be inherited, and members who are married into the Royal Family cannot take the throne.

Would Kate be queen if William dies? ›

If William dies before Kate and their son Prince George becomes king, Kate will then become the Queen Mother.

Does William bow to the Queen? ›

As the future King of England, Prince William is pretty high up on the line of succession. His number two spot grants him respect from basically all of his family members, except three (and, sometimes four). According to royal family protocol, the Duke of Cambridge but always bow to the queen.

Will Charles let William be king? ›

The King gave his first speech as monarch

King Charles III has revealed when his son, Prince William, will succeed him as monarch in his first speech as the King of England. In the speech, the new head of state revealed that he planned to serve for life, meaning that William will only succeed him when he passes away.

What happens if everyone in the royal line of succession dies? ›

Probably nothing at all, since the British line of succession is several thousand long. Anything that did kill them all would have hit UK and at least most of Europe so hard that there wouldn't be any organised state left in UK or and hardly in Europe. What happens when a member of the royal family dies?

How do I remove someone from my line of succession? ›

Only Parliament can do that, as it did in the 2013 Act. "So if Harry were to be removed from the line of succession, it would require legislation through an Act of Parliament." The Queen cannot bring that Act of Parliament in because the rules that regulate the monarchy are decided by Parliament, not the monarch.

How does the line of succession work in royalty? ›

Succession to the British throne is determined by descent, gender, legitimacy, and religion. Under common law, the Crown is inherited by a sovereign's children or by a childless sovereign's nearest collateral line.

Who is next in line for the throne of England 2022? ›

After an historic 70 years on the throne as Britain's longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, at her home at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, on Sept. 8, 2022. Immediately upon her passing, her eldest son, Prince Charles, became the new king.

Who is in line to the British throne 2022? ›

1 Prince William, 40

The eldest son of King Charles and Diana is now heir apparent and next in line to the throne.

Will Charles or William be king? ›

Prince Charles is presently heir (next in line) to the British throne. He will not become king until his mother, Queen Elizabeth, abdicates (gives up the throne), retires or dies. When either of these happen, Prince Charles may abdicate and pass the throne to his eldest son Prince William.

Who will be king after Charles? ›

But now they have Charles, and after him the next two heirs to the throne are also male: his elder son, William, and William's eldest child, George.

Who is the heir to King Charles? ›

Who is first in line to become king after Charles? Prince William, King Charles' elder son and formerly the Duke of Cambridge, is next in line for the throne under the British line of succession. Charles named William, 40, the new Prince of Wales in an announcement on his first full day as king.

Why is Anne below Andrew succession? ›

Born 21 months after her brother Charles, the rules of the British monarchy always dictated that Anne would rank behind her male relatives in the line of succession.

Will William be Prince of Wales? ›

Charles announced that William and wife Kate would become Prince and Princess of Wales on September 9, the day after the death of the Queen.

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