Last In Line To The British Throne

It's tough to find a new way to cover tomorrow's royal wedding in London between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal found a new angle: the last person in line to the British crown, Karin Vogel.

Everyone knows that should 85-year-old Queen Elizabeth II die, her son Charles, if living, would succeed her. Second in line is Charles's son Prince William, whose wedding to Kate Middleton Friday will be a global media event. William's little brother, Prince Harry, is No. 3.
Ms. Vogel, 38, holds a different distinction: By the account of some genealogists, she is the last person in line to the throne.

And who are those genealogsits?

Daniel Willis, of Denver, Colo., spent about 18 years documenting the descendants of Sophia's son, George I, for a 2002 book written mostly while he was a travel agent. Bill Reitwiesner, a computer technician at the Library of Congress who died in November, compiled a list of living heirs to the throne in 2001.
In the process, Messrs. Willis and Reitwiesner both reached the same conclusion: Ms. Vogel is at the bottom of the regal heap. She was 4,973 in line as of 2001, according to Mr. Reitwiesner's research, though his list included Catholics, who are technically ineligible.

As far as Karin Vogel's concerned, that's great news. The hospital therapist told the Journal she "can lean back and relax, "It is really very comforting that one doesn't have to worry about Great Britain."

The full story is at WSJ.com.

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