order.of.prec.britain

The order of precedence


for male members


of the royal family is


The Sovereign


The Queen

The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay

i.e. the Sovereign's eldest son.

Prince Charles

The Sovereign's younger sons

Ordered according to their birth.

Prince Andrew, The Duke of York

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex

The Sovereign's grandsons

Ordered according to the rules of primogeniture.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex

James, Viscount Severn

Peter Phillips

The Sovereign's brothers

Ordered according to their birth.


The Sovereign's uncles

.e. the brothers of the Sovereign's royal parent (through whom he or she inherited the throne); ordered according to their birth.


The Sovereign's nephews

i.e. the sons of the Sovereign's brothers and sisters; ordered according to the rules of primogeniture.

David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon

The Sovereign's cousins

i.e. the sons of the brothers and sisters of the Sovereign's royal parent (through whom he or she inherited the throne); ordered according to the rules of primogeniture

Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

The Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and RothesayGrandsons of former sovereigns who are not dukes

i.e. the sons of the brothers and sisters of the Sovereign's royal parent (through whom he or she inherited the throne); ordered according to the rules of primogeniture

Prince Michael of Kent




The order of precedence

for female members

when accompanying their husbands

of the royal family is

The Queen


Elizabeth II

Daughters-in-law of the sovereign

(if accompanying their husbands)

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Daughters of the sovereign


Anne, Princess Royal

Granddaughters-in-law of the sovereign

(if accompanying their husbands; ordered according to their husbands' precedence)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Granddaughters of the sovereign

(ordered according to the rules of primogeniture)

Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank

Lady Louise Windsor

Zara Tindall

Sisters-in-law of the sovereign

(if accompanying their husbands; none)


Sisters of the sovereign



Aunts (by marriage) of the sovereign

(if accompanying their husbands; none surviving)


Aunts (by blood) of the sovereign



Nieces (by marriage) of the sovereign

Nieces (by marriage) of the sovereign

Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon

Nieces (by blood) of the sovereign


Lady Sarah Chatto

Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns

(whose husbands are dukes; if accompanying their husbands)

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester

Katharine, Duchess of Kent

Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns

(whose husbands are not dukes; if accompanying their husbands)

Princess Michael of Kent

Granddaughters of former sovereigns


Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy




Order of Precedence

for female members of the Royal family

not accompanying their husbands

The Queen


Elizabeth II

Queens dowager

(none surviving; most recently widowed first)


Daughters of the sovereign


Anne, Princess Royal

Granddaughters of prior Monarchs


Princess Alexandra, The Honorable Lady Ogilvy

Lady Sarah Chatto

Granddaughters of the Monarch

accorded Princely rank

Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank

Granddaughters-in-law

to Princely Grandsons of the sovereign

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Daughters-in-law of the Sovereign


Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Granddaughters of the sovereign

without Princely rank

Lady Louise Windsor

Zara Tindall

Granddaughters-in-law of the sovereign


Autumn Phillips

Aunts (by marriage) of the sovereign

(if not accompanying their husbands;


Nieces (by marriage) of the sovereign

(if not accompanying their husbands)

Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon

Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns

(whose husbands are Princely Dukes)

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester

Katharine, Duchess of Kent

Granddaughters-in-law of former sovereigns

(whose husbands are Princes)

Princess Michael of Kent

Current practice:


By (the Queen's) Order-in-Council, the Duke of Edinburgh has "place, pre-eminence and precedence" over all men in the United Kingdom—except, where provided by Parliament, Charles, Prince of Wales.


In 2005, Elizabeth II changed the order of precedence for private occasions, putting Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, fourth in the order of precedence, after herself, Anne, Princess Royal, and Princess Alexandra, contrary to the usual position of the heir's consort. Charles' first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, had ranked above the Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra.[3] The Duchess of Cornwall continues to rank second in the order of precedence at official occasions, such as state dinners.


Princesses of the Blood Royal, such as Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York, rank above Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, when the latter are not accompanied by her husbands. When the Duchess of Cambridge or Duchess of Sussex are joined by their husbands, the roles are reversed with the Duchesses outranking the Princesses.


The Court Circular lists Prince William, Duke of Cambridge above his uncles, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.


There is no specific place in the order for a great-grandchild of the Sovereign (no matter how senior in the order of succession), however Prince George of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge are entitled to precedence after all non-royal dukes as the sons of a Duke of the Blood Royal, pursuant to the unrevoked Lord Chamberlain's Order of 1520 as amended in 1595. Their sister, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, has the equivalent position in the women's order

The United KIngdom

Order of precedence