British Royal Family Hierarchy

British Royal Family is the group, a family of the entire relatives (blood related) of the Monarch of United Kingdom.  A person to be a part of royal family either has to have the royal blood or be married to the one with royal blood. The members are always referred with titles like “His or Her Majesty”, HM or with title “His or Her Royal Highness”, HRH. The British royal family hierarchy will be a level by level explanation of all the ranks in the royal family of Britain.

Currently the heir of the British Crown is Queen Elizabeth II, mother of Prince Charles and mother in law of infamous Late Princess Diana. The Queen is currently the constitutional monarch of Commonwealth realms that is total 16 sovereign states in United Kingdom. The Queen became successor to the King George VI (& her father) and was granted the crown after His Majesty’s death.

The British royal family hierarchy is described below in a chronological order model means starting with the uppermost rank in the royal family of Britain and moving on further relating all the ranks in brief.

British Royal Family Hierarchy

The Queen (HM) – The heir of the British Crown and constitutional monarch of Commonwealth realms. This is the highest level of the hierarchy and Queen acts as the utmost authority.

The Duke of Edinburgh (HRH) – This designation is enjoyed by the Queens’s husband.

The Prince of Wales (TRH) – The elder son of the Queen acquires this position in the hierarchy.

  • The Duchess of Cornwall – Wife of the Prince of Wales
  • The Duke of Cambridge (TRH) – Elder son of the Prince of Wales
  • The Duchess of Cambridge – Wife of the Duke of Cambridge
  • Prince of Cambridge – The son of the Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of York (HRH) – The second son of the Queen

  • The Duchess of York – Wife of the Duke of York
  • Prince / Princess of York – Son / Daughter of the Duke of York

The Earl (TRH) – The youngest child of the Queen

  • The Countess of Wessex – Wife of the Earl
  • Prince / Princess of York – Son / Daughter of the Duke of York
  • Viscount Severn – Son of the Earl & Countess of Wessex
  • Lady Louise Windsor – Daughter of the Earl & Countess of Wessex

The Princess Royal (HRH) – The daughter of the Queen

The Duke (TRH) – The cousin of the Queen

  • The Duchess of Gloucester – The wife of the Duke

The Duke (TRH) – The cousin of the Queen

  • The Duchess of Kent – The wife of the Duke

The Prince (TRH) – The cousin of the Queen

  • The Princess Michael of Kent – The wife of the Prince

Princess Alexandra, the Honorable Lady Ogilvy (HRH) – The cousin of the Queen