The entire royal family tree, explained in one easy chart

No family tree is cooler than that of the British royal family. Who wouldn’t want to be related to the ever-stylish Queen Elizabeth II? What’s interesting about the royals in particular is that many of them have titles determined by how they’re related to Her Majesty. Here, we break down who’s who in the Windsor family.
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First comes Her Majesty, the Queen, who holds the highest level of the royal hierarchy. As the heir of the British Crown and constitutional monarch of Commonwealth realms, she has the utmost authority. Her husband is Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen’s four children are: the Prince of Wales (the eldest son), the Duke of York (the second son), the Earl of Wessex (the youngest son), and the Princess Royal (the Queen’s daughter).

Charles, the Prince of Wales, was married to Diana, the Princess of Wales, until they divorced in 1996. Together, they had two sons: William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Harry, the Duke of Sussex. (Did you know Harry isn’t Prince Harry’s real name?) Prince Charles’ second and current wife, Camilla, uses the title the Duchess of Cornwall because the other title was too much associated with Diana. Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, has the title the Duchess of Cambridge. Their sons, George and Louis, are both Princes of Cambridge, while their daughter Charlotte is the Princess of Cambridge. Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, is now the Duchess of Sussex. Don’t miss these myths about the royal family that are completely false.

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When Prince George met President Obama, in his bathrobe, no less.

(Photo by Pete Souza/The White House)

Prince William holding Duchess Kate's hand as they leave the St. Andrews Anniversary Dinner in New York City while she was pregnant with Charlotte.

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Prince Harry shares a joke with British competitors at the velodrome during the 2014 Invictus Games.

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Prince William gives Prince George a kiss on the head while on tour in Australia.

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Prince William shares a joke with his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh during an offical visit to RAF Valley in 2011.

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The Duchess of Cambridge reacts (hilariously) as young Dayna Miller shows her a doll made to look like the Duchess.

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Prince William explains the planes and helicopters to his very wind-blown son during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo.

(Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

This adorably candid moment between William and Kate at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Prince Harry melting hearts as he poses with a Dutch girl named Daimy Gommers at Invictus Games Orlando 2016.

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Prince William stretching before the Audi Polo Challenge because ... lol.

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Two year old Frederik Azzopardi cries as he refuses to give Queen Elizabeth ll a posy of flowers during The Queen's and visit to University College in 1999.

 (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge rolls her eyes after someone at an event in NYC tells her to "keep wrapping!" when she pauses to speak with volunteers. 

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Prince Harry pretends to be a secret service agent (or James Bond?) as Kate cracks up at the 2014 Trooping the Colour ceremony.

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The many faces of Prince George during his 2014 royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.  

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And the many faces of Kate during the London 2012 Olympics.

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Need we say more?

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President Reagan laughs following a joke by the straight-faced Queen Elizabeth II, who commented on the lousy California weather she has experienced since her arrival to the States. 

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When Kate and William realized they were up on the Jumbotron at Barclays Center in NYC.  

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Dikembe Mutombo telling Kate and Wills this is the BEST POPCORN EVER. And The royals can't *wait* to try it.

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All of the adorable emotions from the most recent balcony appearance.

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Prince Harry makes a funny face at Ascot Racecourse in 2011.

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When William and Kate met Beyonce and Jay-Z.

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When the Duke of Cambridge adorably offered his wife a flower at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

(Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Prince Harry sticks out his tongue as he jokes with a child during a visit to the Lesotho Child Counselling Unit in 2008.

(Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

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Andrew, the Duke of York, married Sarah, the Duchess of York. Before they divorced in 1996, they had two children, Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York. If one were male, his title would be Prince of York.

Edward, the Earl of Wessex, is married to Sophie, the Countess of Wessex. Their son James has the title Viscount Severn and their daughter is Lady Louise Windsor.

Princess Royal is the title given to a British monarch’s eldest daughter, but her husband receives no royal title. Princess Anne is currently married to Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence.

Sadly, even though the Queen considers her corgis as family, the pups are not included in the family tree.

These powerful individuals have captured the world with their sophistication and grace, but that doesn’t mean they have evaded the spotlight of some juicy rumors. These are the 18 craziest conspiracy theories about the royal family.

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