Anonymous asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 10 months ago

why do nieces and nephews have preference over aunt or uncle for the throne of the United Kingdom ?

Makes no sense to me how a niece or nephew can become a Monarch before their aunt or uncle.

10 Answers

  • Think of the line of succession as a family tree spreading out downwards from the Electress Sophia of Hanover. Where possible, the crown will pass downwards to the eldest son (or now eldest daughter). If there is no son or daughter, it will pass to the next oldest brother (or now sister). Then it passes down to their children. But if there are no brothers/sisters, either living or dead, the line will go back up a generation to an uncle or aunt, and then downwards through their descendants. Normally an uncle or aunt would be crowned before their own children. The exception can come through inter-marriage where two people who are independently in the line of succession marry. Then it would be possible for one person to be higher in the line of succession than one (but never both) of their parents. 

    Simples :) 

  • Rico
    Lv 5
    10 months ago

    That’s how primogeniture works.

    Descendants of the current monarch always have precedence over the descendants of previous monarchs

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    It's all determined by the direct line of succession. Look at it this way: Prince Andrew is the next-to-eldest son of the Queen, and Andrew's daughters are  the grand-daughters of the Queen. They are Princesses of the Royal Blood. Prince Harry (their uncle & the Queen's youngest grandson) is now 8th in the direct line of succession to the throne.  


    If something happened to Prince Charles, Prince William & his children, and Prince Harry, then Prince Andrew would be next in line and would  inherit the Throne. Prince Andrew's daughters would inherit after him.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Do you mean in the case of the "Duke of Nothingwell" marries a commoner, they have a child, the Duke dies and the child is in the line of succession but not the mother?  In such a case, the child is of the royal blood from their father - the mother is not.

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  • 10 months ago

    That's because the line to the British throne doesn't usually go 'sideways' unless, as was the case with Edward VIII, who had no children so the line had to pass to his brother, King George VI.

  • Clo
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    They usually don't if the realm follows aged based primogeniture.

    Realms that are constitutional have laws that determine laws of succession set by Parliament, not the monarch.

    The eldest child of the monarch, and any legitimate children follow the parent in line of succession in order of birth; the next eldest child of the monarch then follows along with her/his legitimate children, and so on.

    There are some realms, where the monarch is absolute, where the monarch chooses from his family who will be heir---these countries tend to be male-only primogeniture, like Saudi Arabia.

    The United Kingdom used to be male-preference, aged-based primogeniture, where sons inherited before daughters. An example of an earlier line up to the throne of Queen Elizabeth looked like this:

    Charles, Andrew, Edward, Anne, Margaret, David, Lord Linley, Lady Sarah...then the Queen's cousins, the Dukes of Kent and Gloucester....

    As of 2013 the line up is now solely based on age for those born that year and after:

    Charles, William, George, Charlotte, Louis, Harry, Archie, Andrew, Beatrice, Eugenie, Edward, Lord Severn, Lady Louise, Anne, Peter Phillips, Savannah Phillips, Isla Phillips, Zara Phillips Tindall, Mia Tindall, Lena Tindall, David, now Lord Snowdon, Charles, Viscount Linley, Lady Margarita, Lady Sarah

    Heirs' legitimate children follow them in the line of succession based on birth order, causing those who follow to drop down in the line--that is just the way it works.

  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    What do you mean? Princess Eugenie doesn't have preference over Prince Charles. 

  • Satan
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Children of the first born,

    If Prince Charles had no kids, and then died, it would fall to Princess Anne to be the next in line

  • Iam
    Lv 6
    10 months ago

    It does not make sense for a natoinal leader to be selected because of their family. May I call your attention to Donny Jr.?

    ANYHOO: The whole system of succession is designed to keep it in the family and they set their own "rules" which make sense to them. So like if there are no dorect children, then neice or nephew is a younger person more likely to fight off any challengers.


  • martin
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    The rule might be in order to guaranty or increase chances of the reign of the nice or nephew being longer than that of an older individual such as an aunt or uncle.

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