Prince Philip's death doesn't impact the line of succession since he was never going to take the throne

Prince Philip's death doesn't impact the line of succession since he was never going to take the throne
Prince Philip has died at age 99.Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images
  • Prince Philip has died at age 99, but this doesn't impact the royal line of succession.
  • After the queen dies or steps down, Prince Charles is next to the throne, then Prince William.
  • After Prince William, the heir to the throne would be his eldest son Prince George.

Prince Philip has died at age 99, and his death will not impact the royal line of succession.

As Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 73 years, Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort, having stood by the Queen's side in an official capacity for around seven decades.

Even so, he was never in line for the British throne.
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Prince Philip's eldest son, Prince Charles, is next to the throne

Prince Philip would never have become king because marriage to a queen does not determine a ranking in the line of succession.

According to Buckingham Palace, a royal can make it to the throne two ways: ancestry and laws put into place by the British government.

Next in line is one of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II's four children, their eldest son Prince Charles. He will become king if the queen dies or steps down.
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Prince William would follow, and the chance of Prince Harry becoming King of England in his lifetime is slim

Prince Philip's death doesn't impact the line of succession since he was never going to take the throne
Prince Harry and Prince William are both in the royal line of succession - just in very different positions.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

As the oldest son of Prince Charles, Prince William is next in line for the throne after his father.

"There is nothing to prevent William becoming king, other than his own premature death," Robert Hazell, a professor of government and the constitution at the University College London, previously told Insider. Following Prince William in the line of succession is Prince George, his and Kate's oldest son. The couple's other children, Charlotte and Louis, follow after their brother in the royal line of succession in the order of their birth.
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The chance of Prince Harry becoming the King of England was slim even before he stepped back from royal life. According to the line of succession determined by Buckingham Palace, he would only be eligible to become king after all of Prince William and Middleton's children.

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