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Prince Charles becomes king immediately

After Queen Elizabeth’s death moments ago, the crown will now be passed on to her heir, Prince Charles, as part of the United Kingdom’s constitutional monarchy system.

Below is which members of the royal family are next in line for the throne.

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Elizabeth’s oldest child Charles will immediately become king upon her death, though a coronation–traditionally held at Westminster Abbey–will be planned later to officially crown the new king.

Next in line to the throne is Charles’ eldest son Prince William, who regularly makes public appearances on behalf of the crown along with his wife Kate.

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Third in line is William’s 9-year-old son Prince George, who is an elementary school student beginning to take part in more engagements with his parents, having made his debut at the Wimbledon finals this year, a royal tradition (after George, next in the line of succession are his two young siblings, Princess Charlotte, age 7, and Prince Louis, age 4.)

Prince William’s younger brother Prince Harry—Charles and Princess Diana’s second son—is sixth in line after William’s children.

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Next in line are Harry’s son and daughter with his American wife Meghan Markle, Archie and Lillibet Mountbatten-Windsor, who all reside in California after Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior working royals in 2020.

After Charles’ children and grandchildren, the next in line for the throne is Elizabeth’s second son, Prince Andrew, who stepped back from royal duties in 2019 amid public outrage over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein (in February, he settled a sex abuse lawsuit with one of Epstein’s accusers for an undisclosed sum).

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Credit: Forbes

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