How many royal families are there?
According to the Washington Post, 26 monarchies reign over 43 countries today. Although the most famous crown no doubt belongs to Queen Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor in the United Kingdom, many other nations in Europe and around the world still have kings and queens who pass on their title and throne from generation to generation. Today, most operate as constitutional monarchies, in which the monarch is more of a figurehead, but some remain absolute, where the sovereign is the sole ruler. Read on to discover the princes and princesses who will inherit the crown someday.
The Cambridge children of the United Kingdom
If you’re a royal watcher, no doubt you’re familiar with the young future heir to the British throne, the adorable Prince George, now 6 years old. He’s currently third in the line of succession once his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is no longer in charge; ahead of him are his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Next in line after him are his younger siblings, Princess Charlotte, age 4, and Prince Louis, age 1. Princess Charlotte owes her place in the line of succession to a 2013 rule that now allows the crown to pass to a woman even if there’s a younger son.
The Cambridge children’s cousin, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, is seventh in line. Even though Archie’s father, Prince Harry, has opted out of official royal duties, he and his son are still listed in the line of succession.
Princess Estelle of Sweden
Although many people don’t realise it, Sweden has one of the oldest monarchies in the world, dating back more than a thousand years. Seven-year-old Princess Estelle is second in the line to the throne, and she will succeed her grandfather, King Carl XVI Gustaf, and her mother, Crown Princess Victoria. Since 1980, the monarch’s eldest child, regardless of gender, becomes heir to the throne, which is how both princesses are in line over their younger brothers. Princess Estelle’s sibling, Prince Oscar, is just 3 years old and third in the line of succession. The young members of the Swedish royal family seem fun and vibrant, and athletic Princess Estelle loves horses, skiing and even skateboarding.