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Infographic: Splitting heirs – how the British royal line of succession has changed over time

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On 23rd April 2018 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka Wills and Kate to the UK tabloid press – announced the birth of their third child, Louis, who instantly replaced his uncle Harry as fifth in line to the British throne. In DG #31 we looked at how the Windsors have jostled places in relation to the top job all the way back to 1948, in a giant game of royal shuffleboard.

Scroll over the infographic to see how the line of succession has altered: the number directly under each royal shows their place in the queue at birth (or, in the case of the Queen, at the birth of Charles), and each subsequent number shows their new position as new family members arrive or depart.

This infographic was published in DG#31. Pick up a copy in our online shop or take out an annual subscription using the promotion code ‘SLOWNEWSDAY’ for 10 percent off.


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