Question #139935. Asked by chabenao1.
Last updated Aug 29 2016.
Originally posted Apr 02 2015 9:12 PM.
Generally speaking, the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of a Sovereign, as well as their spouses, are members of the Royal Family. First cousins of the monarch may also be included. Children are included on coming of age or after they have completed their education. Precedence of the Royal Family at Court does not follow the line of succession. Thus, The Duke of Edinburgh takes precedence immediately after The Queen.
In an effort to avoid conflicts, the Queen drew up the first Order of Precedence in 2005, after Charles married Camilla. Its effect was to change the order along 'blood lines' so that Princesses Anne, Beatrice, Eugenie and Alexandra - the granddaughter of George V - were all ahead of Camilla. The etiquette, though arcane to some, is taken very seriously by the royals, who bow and curtsey to each other in public and behind closed doors.