Queen Elizabeth dies aged 96: the new royal line of succession

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Senior members of the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace. (FILE)

New Delhi:

Queen Elizabeth, the longest serving monarch in British history, died on Thursday during her retreat in the Scottish Highlands. She was 96.

The new king

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The eldest of the Queen’s four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, who at age 73 was the oldest heir to the throne in British history, became king immediately. Royal officials confirmed that he is now known as King Charles III – the first king of that name to sit on the throne since 1685.

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Is Camilla Queen then?

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The king’s wife usually takes the title of queen. But in Camilla’s case, it’s not a given. When she married Charles in 2005, it was agreed that she would not be known as queen but as princess consort. Recently, however, the Queen announced that she hoped that Camilla would be known as queen consort when Charles becomes king, settling a long debate over her future title.

Who is the heir now?

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Prince William is likely to become the Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall and his wife, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales. Prince William held the title of Duke of Cambridge before the Queen’s death. The title ‘Prince of Wales’ is reserved for the heir apparent and was held by Charles, now King.

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Next in line is Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest child, Prince Gorge (9), then Princess Charlotte (7) and Prince Louis (4).

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Where does Prince Harry stand in the line of succession?

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Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne, despite the decision to relinquish royal duties and move to the US with his wife Meghan Markle.

Prince Andrew

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Prince Andrew – the Queen’s second son – who resigned over a controversy over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is eighth in line to the British throne.

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The Queen’s death sparked a torrent of condolences around the world as world leaders paid tribute to a woman whose reign spanned 70 years and spanned two centuries of seismic social, political and technological turmoil.

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