Prince Louis’ future royal title when he turns four

Prince Louis will turn four on April 23, just two days after his great-grandmother, the Queen, celebrated her 96th birthday. But could the Cambridges’ third child ever become king, and what is the royal line of succession?

Kate Middleton and Prince William with their children George, Charlotte and Louis
Due to his position in the line of succession, Prince Louis is unlikely to become king

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third and youngest child, Prince Louis, celebrates his fourth birthday on Saturday April 23.

Having spent two of his birthdays in a pandemic and national lockdown, Louis’ fourth birthday is sure to be exciting for the young royal.

All three of William and Kate’s children have a chance of becoming monarch one day, but they don’t all have equal claims to the throne.

As the youngest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, here’s what you need to know about Prince Louis’ chance of becoming king in the future and the order of his succession.

Could Prince Louis become king?

Prince Louis is fifth in line to the throne, behind his two older siblings



As the son of a future monarch, Prince Louis is likely to assume a high-ranking role in the royal family. However, he is unlikely to become king himself.

Fifth in line to the throne, Louis can only become the reigning monarch if his father and siblings abdicate or die while holding him themselves. If a monarch abdicates or dies, the next in line automatically takes over.

Instead, he will have several other prestigious titles available to him, including Duke of York if the line goes as expected. Among the titles Louis can assume are others held by Prince William, including duchies.

A spokesman for etiquette expert Debretts told the Evening Standard that Louis could claim “one of his father’s lesser titles,” which is either one currently held by Prince Charles or even Prince Andrew’s duchy, which after his death passed to the monarch would return.

What is the order of succession for the monarch?

Prince Louis is likely to take a leadership position in the royal family


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Prince Louis is fifth in line to the throne of the royal family.

After the death of the Queen, who celebrated her 96th birthday on April 21, Prince Charles is next on the throne, followed by Prince William.

As William’s eldest son, Prince George is third in line to the throne with Princess Charlotte currently fourth – although she will be bypassed if or when George has children.

Under ancient laws, Prince Louis may have been fourth in line due to rules that discriminated against female royals and prioritized male family members for the crown.

As of today, the next three monarchs after the Queen will be her son Prince Charles, followed by his son Prince William and eldest son Prince George


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This protocol was amended in 2013 with the Succession to the Crown Act, meaning that Princess Charlotte’s gender has no bearing on her place in the line of succession.

If Prince William becomes king, George could take the title Prince of Wales and more, while Princess Charlotte could become Princess Royal, a position currently held by Princess Anne.

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