And the crown goes to ...

As the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee — 60 years on the throne — questions arise on whether she will abdicate her title or not. Those close to her insist that she is determined to serve until her dying day. But if she does give up the throne, who will take her place?
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Prince Henry of Wales: Second son of
Duke of York: Prince Andrew, second son and third child of the Queen Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York: Daughters of Prince Andrew and former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York Earl of Wessex: Prince Edward, third son and youngest child of the Queen James, Viscount Severn, and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor: Children of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex Princess Royal: Princess Anne, daughter and second child of the Queen Mr. Peter Phillips: Son of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips Miss Savannah Phillips and Miss Isla Phillips: Peter’s daughters

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Prince of Wales: Prince Charles

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Duke of Cambridge: Prince William
First son of Charles and late Diana, Princess of Wales
Queen Elizabeth has seen 12 di erent prime ministers since she became queen. She has held private weekly meetings with all of them, discussing government business and politics

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Queen’s eldest child and heir apparent since birth

The Act of Settlement (1701) laid down that only Protestant heirs of Princess Sophia, granddaughter of James I, may succeed to the British throne. Neither Roman Catholics, nor those who marry a Roman Catholic, nor those born out of wedlock, may remain in the line of succession; male sons succeed before their elder sisters. In Oct., 2011, the law was changed so that descendants of the Prince of Wales will be able to marry a Roman Catholic and remain in the line of successsion, and a first born daughter can become queen.
SUSAN BATSFORD, GRAPHICS EDITOR, TWITTER @SBATS1; INFOGRAPHIC BY MEGAN DINNER/QMI AGENCY

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