How Far From the Throne Are Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie?

We can’t imagine the U.K. without Queen Elizabeth II — and for now, she seems as healthy as ever even in her 90s. Still, many wonder what will happen when the queen passes. We know the first in line to the throne is Prince Charles, the queen’s son — but where do the younger royals stand? And when it comes to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie — two royals who’ve just recently been in the spotlight more than ever — how far from the throne are they?

Where Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are in line for the throne

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The rules of succession within the royal family can be difficult to follow, so to understand where Eugenie and Beatrice stand, it’s vital to know who their parents are. Prince Andrew, the queen’s second-oldest son, is the father of these two — and currently, he’s seventh in line to the throne. TIME notes when he was born, he was second in line — but since his brother, Charles, had children (Harry and William), and now William and Harry are both starting families of their own, he’s moved down to seventh over the years.

This makes Beatrice eighth in line and Eugenie ninth. This is also subject to change, however, if the royals ahead of them for the throne expand their families. And of course, if Eugenie or Beatrice have children, those kids will be even further from the throne.

Who’s in front of Beatrice and Eugenie?

Kate Middleton, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince George

Kate, William, George, and Charlotte at a children’s party for military families during the Royal Tour of Canada | Chris Jackson – Pool/Getty Images

Aside from their father, there are plenty of other royals (some who are quite younger than both of these sisters) ahead of these two for the throne. Sixth in line is Prince Harry. It’s unlikely he’ll ever be king at this point — and his child may never see the throne, either. Once Harry and Meghan have their baby, the tiny new royal will be seventh in line to the throne, pushing Eugenie and Beatrice even further down the line.

Ahead of Harry are all of his brother William’s children. Prince Louis, who was just born in April 2018, is fifth to the throne, Princess Charlotte is fourth, and Prince George is third. It’s quite possible George will see himself as king one day given the age difference between his father, who’s second to the throne, and himself. And of course, that makes Prince William second.

Even if Beatrice and Eugenie are never queen, they certainly get along with their grandmother

HM Queen Elizabeth II accepts bunches of flowers from well wishers and receives help from Britain's Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie as she leaves Sandringham Church after she attended the Christmas Day service on December 25, 2005 in Norfolk, England.

HM Queen Elizabeth II accepts bunches of flowers with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Clearly, it’s highly unlikely Beatrice or Eugenie will ever see the throne — but that doesn’t mean they don’t love spending time with the queen herself. In total, the queen has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, which definitely brings her plenty of joy. And it seems Eugenie may be the closest grandchild of them all.

Town & Country notes while Harry and William will speak more formerly of the queen in public, Eugenie has no problem referencing her as “granny.” The publication also notes that Eugenie also regularly visits the queen’s Scottish estate and even called it “the most beautiful place on earth.” She also mentions that she thinks “Granny is most happy there. …¬†Family-wise we’re all there, so it’s a lovely base for Granny and Grandpa to be.”

Eugenie also noted that the queen was one of the first people to know about her engagement. And we’re sure if she does decide to have children, the queen will have all the top-secret info us commoners will have to find out later.

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