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Rightful successors to the throne of England

Based on primogeniture, who should have been the rightful successor to each of these English monarchs
Primogeniture is the right by law for the firstborn legitimate son to succeed, or failing that the next in line to the throne
Ignoring religious persuasion
Legitimate heir at time of monarch's death, abdication or dethronement, including disputed monarchs
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Ruling monarch
Dates
Legitimate heir
Ecgbehrt
802-839
Aethelwulf (only known son of Ecgbehrt)
Aethelwulf
839-858
Aethelbald (2nd son of Aethelwulf)
Aethelbald
858-860
Aethelbehrt (3rd son of Aethelwulf)
Aethelbehrt
860-865
Aethelred (4th son of Aethelwulf)
Aethelred I
865-871
Aethelhelm (1st son of Aethelred)
Alfred the Great
871-899
Edward (1st son of Alfred, 'the Elder')
Edward the Elder
899-924
Aelfweard (1st legitimate son of Edward the Elder)
Aelfweard
924
Edwin of Wessex (2nd legitimate son of Edward the Elder)
Aethelstan
924-939
Edmund (3rd legitimate son of Edward the Elder)
Edmund I the Magnificent
939-946
Eadwig (1st son of Edmund I)
Eadred
946-955
Eadwig (1st son of Edmund I)
Eadwig
955-959
Edgar (2nd son of Edmund I)
Edgar I the Peaceful
959-975
Edward (1st son of Edgar I, 'the Martyr')
Edward the Martyr
975-978
Aethelred (2nd son of Edgar I)
Aethelred II the Unready
978-1013
Aethelstan Aetheling (1st son of Aethelred II)
Sweyn Forkbeard
1013-1014
Cnut (son of Sweyn Forkbeard)
Aethelred II the Unready
1014-1016
Edmund Ironside (3rd son of Aethelred II)
Edmund II Ironside
1016
Edmund Aetheling (1st son of Edmund II Ironside)
Cnut the Great
1016-1035
Harold (2nd son of Cnut the Great)
Harold I Harefoot
1035-1040
Harthacnut (3rd son of Cnut the Great)
Harthacnut
1040-1042
Estrid Svendsdatter (daughter of Sweyn Forkbeard)
Edward the Confessor
1042-1066
Edgar the Aetheling (grandson of Edmund II Ironside)
Harold II Godwinson
1066
Godwin (1st son of Harold II Godwinson)
Edgar II Aetheling
1066
Margaret of Wessex (granddaughter of Edmund II Ironside)
William I the Conqueror
1066-1087
Robert Curthose (1st son of William I)
William II Rufus
1087-1100
Robert Curthose (1st son of William I)
Henry I Beauclerc
1100-1135
Empress Matilda (Daughter of Henry I)
Stephen
1135-1154
William I, Count of Boulogne (2nd son of Stephen)
Matilda
1141
Henry Plantagenet (son of Matilda, grandson of Henry I)
Henry II Curtmantle
1154-1189
Richard (son of Henry II)
Richard I Lionheart
1189-1199
Arthur of Brittany (grandson of Henry II)
John Lackland
1199-1216
Henry (1st son of John)
Louis the Lion
1216-1217
Louis (1st son of Louis the Lion)
Henry III
1216-1272
Edward (1st son of Henry III)
Edward I Longshanks
1272-1307
Edward (5th son of Edward I)
Ruling monarch
Dates
Legitimate heir
Edward II
1307-1327
Edward (1st son of Edward II)
Edward III
1327-1377
Richard (grandson of Edward III)
Richard II
1377-1399
Edmund Mortimer (great-great-grandson of Edward III)
Henry IV of Bolingbroke
1399-1413
Henry (1st son of Henry IV)
Henry V
1413-1422
Henry (1st son of Henry V)
Henry VI
1422-1461
Edward of Westminster (1st son of Henry VI)
Edward IV
1461-1470
Elizabeth of York (1st daughter of Edward IV)
Henry VI
1470-1471
Afonso V of Portugal (great-grandson of Edward III)
Edward IV
1471-1483
Edward (1st son of Edward IV)
Edward V
1483
Richard of Shrewsbury (2nd son of Edward IV)
Richard III
1483-1485
Elizabeth of York (1st daughter of Edward IV)
Henry VII
1485-1509
Henry (2nd son of Henry VII)
Henry VIII
1509-1547
Edward (2nd son of Henry VIII)
Edward VI
1547-1553
Mary (1st daughter of Henry VIII)
Jane
1553
Katherine Grey (Sister of Jane)
Mary I
1553-1558
Elizabeth (2nd daughter of Henry VIII)
Elizabeth I
1558-1603
James VI of Scotland (great-great-grandson of Henry VII)
James I
1603-1625
Charles (2nd son of James I)
Charles I
1625-1649
Charles (2nd son of Charles I)
Charles II
1660-1685
James (3rd son of Charles I)
James II
1685-1688
James Stuart (5th son of James II)
Mary II
1689-1694
James Stuart (5th son of James II)
William III
1689-1702
James Stuart (5th son of James II)
Anne
1702-1714
James Stuart (5th son of James II)
George I
1714-1727
George (1st son of George I)
George II
1727-1760
George (grandson of George II)
George III
1760-1820
George (1st son of George III)
George IV
1820-1830
William (3rd son of George III)
William IV
1830-1837
Victoria (granddaughter of George III)
Victoria
1837-1901
Edward (1st son of Victoria)
Edward VII
1901-1910
George (2nd son of Edward VII)
George V
1910-1936
Edward (1st son of George V)
Edward VIII
1936
George (2nd son of George V)
George VI
1936-1952
Elizabeth (1st daughter of George VI)
Elizabeth II
1952-
Charles (1st son of Elizabeth II)
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