Queen Elizabeth is the matriarch of a very famous family, and it's one that extends to several generations. At the age of 94, Her Majesty is now not only grandmother to eight, but great-grandmother to a 'grand' total of ten children - including two that have been born this year. She also has an eleventh great-grandchild on the way this summer, which means there's going to be one long Christmas list later on in the year.
This week, in the wake of Prince Philip's death, a new photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh has been shared, depicting them surrounded by the seven great-grandchildren they had in 2018. The picture was taken by Kate Middleton during the summer of 2018, when the royals gathered at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip would go every year. But who are the Queen's great-grandchildren pictured in the photograph?
From left to right, the royal great-grandchildren featured in the picture are Prince George, a baby Prince Louis, Savannah Phillips, Princess Charlotte, Isla Phillips, a baby Lena Tindall (who's now two), and Mia Tindall. Since then, there have been a few more additions to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's great-grandchildren, so we share all you need to know about the youngest royal offspring, going from oldest to youngest...
Born: 29 December, 2010
The eldest of Queen Elizabeth's great-grandchildren is Savannah Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips and his now-ex wife, Autumn Kelly. Now 10, Savannah is the leader of the royal great-grandkids pack and is known for her cheekiness. At Trooping the Colour 2018, Savannah was placed next to Prince George on the balcony with the rest of their royal relatives, and the pair pulled funny faces. Things got so chaotic, in fact, that the youngster even got moved away from her cousin George. Then, when she was a bridesmaid at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding in October 2018, Savannah was famously up to her old tricks again. In the photos, the then-seven-year-old could be seen making her cousin, pageboy Prince George, laugh in church with her fake trumpet. Incredible scenes.
Born: 29 March, 2012
Savannah's younger sister, Isla, came along almost a year-and-a-half later, and lives on the Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire with her parents, Peter and Autumn Phillips, who announced their divorce last year. Isla has made the odd royal appearance at Trooping the Colour events and on the occasional Christmas Day, but as her dad isn't a senior royal and doesn't have a title, she and her sister largely live outside the spotlight.
Born: 22 July, 2013
Perhaps the most high profile of Queen Elizabeth's great-grandchildren, seven-year-old Prince George will one day be King. The first-born child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, he has grown up being photographed on royal tours, on official outings, and in family portraits. George attends school in London, where he's reportedly known as 'PG' - short for Prince George, of course - perhaps as a way to dull down just how important he is.
Born: 17 January, 2014
Mia Tindall is the firstborn child of Zara Tindall, Princess Anne's daughter (and the Queen's eldest granddaughter) and her husband, retired rugby player Mike Tindall. The family lives in a house on the Gatcombe Park Estate owned by the Princess Royal, where Zara's brother Peter Phillips and his family also live. Mia looks to be quite close with her royal cousins, having been repeatedly photographed at horse events alongside Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Savannah and Isla Phillips.
Born: 2 May, 2015
Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Kate Middleton's only daughter, is quite the character. Known for engaging with the camera (a mix of smiles, waves, and a stuck out tongue) and getting sassy with paparazzi at her younger brother's christening, there's no doubt she'll grow up to become even more of a personality. Princess Charlotte is now in year 1 at school, and her handwriting skills were recently shown off to the world when a moving card she drew for her late grandmother, 'Granny Diana', was shared on the @KensingtonRoyal Instagram account.
Born: 23 April, 2018
Prince Louis is the youngest of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's three children, and we've watched him grow from a cute baby waving at the crowds on the balcony during 2019's Trooping the Colour, to a toddling little boy. He loves to get messy with paint, and has got some sweet fascinations, including... er, Mary Berry. In fact, according to Kate Middleton, one of Louis' first words was 'Mary'! "Right at his height are all my cooking books in the kitchen bookshelf," Kate told the baking queen on a Christmas special TV show they filmed a couple of years ago. "And children are really fascinated by faces, and your faces are all over your cooking books and [Louis] would say 'That's Mary Berry,' so he would definitely recognise you if he saw you today."
Born: 18 June, 2018
Little Lena is Zara and Mike Tindall's second daughter, who was born after two tragic miscarriages for the couple. In November 2016, the couple announced their second pregnancy, but just a month later on Christmas Eve, Zara and Mike shared the sad news that they had gone through a miscarriage. In a later interview with the Sunday Times, Zara disclosed that she had suffered a second miscarriage "really early on" in another pregnancy, which was never shared with the public. After welcoming Lena into their family, mum Zara revealed she had changed her daughter's name at the last minute. "I liked the name Elena but I didn’t want her initials to be 'ET' so she's Lena," revealed the new mum. Sensible decision.
Born: 6 May, 2019
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor might not yet be two, but he's had some life experience already. Since being born in 2019, the young royal (who doesn't have a title) has lived in three countries: the UK, then Canada, and now the USA - in Montecito, California. According to his proud parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Archie already has quite a personality, and is forming lots of words. His first? Crocodile! Yup, it's a big one for someone so little. "He’s already putting three, four words together, he’s already singing songs," Prince Harry told James Corden.
Born: 9 February, 2021
August Philip Hawke Brooksbank might only be a couple of months old, but he's proving very popular with the public, as mum Princess Eugenie has been sharing some adorable photos of him over on Instagram. The first baby for the York side of the royals, we've got no doubt August will be brought up with lots of love from his auntie, Princess Beatrice, and his grandmother Sarah Ferguson, who has spoken about how "thrilled and blessed" she is at his arrival. August lives with his parents, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, in Frogmore Cottage - Meghan and Harry's Windsor home which they have generously lent to Eugenie for the benefit of her young family.
Born: 21 March, 2021
The newest royal great-grandchild on the block is Lucas Philip Tindall, who was born in March to excited parents, Zara and Mike Tindall. The newborn arrived so quickly he was delivered in the bathroom of the couple's Gloucestershire home, and his dad is particularly pleased to have some male company in the family. When originally announcing Zara's pregnancy on his podcast 'The Good, The Bad & The Rugby' - when they didn't know the sex of the baby - Mike Tindall said: "I'd like a boy this time. I've got two girls, I would like a boy, but I will love it whatever." Just his luck!
Baby girl Sussex
There's one more great-grandchild on the way for Her Majesty this year, making it a hat trick! Grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle - who famously stepped down from their royal duties last year - announced on Valentine's Day that they're expecting their second child. Then, in their no-holds-barred interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired at the beginning of this month, the couple revealed their son Archie would be getting a sister, as they're expecting a baby girl this summer. The Queen's new great-granddaughter will tip the great-grandchild balance of boys to girls in the female favour, and we can't wait to hear all about her.
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