The British royal family‘s line of succession is confusing, to say the least. And, just when you think you’ve got it figured out, someone has a baby and the whole thing changes again — seriously! The current monarch, Queen Elizabeth, took over the throne way back in 1952 and is now the longest-living and longest-reigning king or queen in British history. So impressive, right?!

The craziest thing is, Queen Elizabeth and her lineage weren’t originally supposed to ascend to the throne so easily. In 1936, her father, King George VI, took over the crown when his older brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated. That would be like Prince Harry and his family becoming next in the line of succession if his elder sibling, Prince William, decided to no longer be king! Anyways, when King George VI took over the job, then Princess Elizabeth became the heir presumptive — and the rest is literally history!

Today, Queen Elizabeth’s eldest child, Prince Charles, is set to take over when she either passes away or abdicates. Then Prince William, Prince George, and so on. Scroll down to see the current line of succession to the British throne!

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