Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning British monarch and the head of a very famous family – one that extends to several generations. At the time of her death, at the age of 96, Her Majesty was a mother of four, a grandmother to eight and the great-grandmother to an impressive total of twelve children - including four who were born in 2021 alone.
In the wake of Prince Philip's death last April, a new photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh was shared, depicting them surrounded by the seven of those great-grandchildren in 2018. The picture was taken by Kate Middleton during the summer of that year, when the royals gathered at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip would go every year and where she eventually passed on.
But who are the Queen's great-grandchildren pictured in the photograph? And who are those that didn't appear in the snap?
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 four), and Mia Tindall.
Since then, there have been a few more additions to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's great-grandchildren. So, here we share all you need to know about the tiniest royal offspring, going from oldest to youngest...
1) Savannah Phillips
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. 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.
2) Isla Phillips
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 in 2020. 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.
3) Prince George
Born: 22 July 2013
Perhaps the most high profile of Queen Elizabeth's great-grandchildren, nine-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 Lambrook school in Berkshire with his siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
4) Mia Tindall
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. 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.
5) Princess Charlotte
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's 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.
6) Prince Louis
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 young boy who has officially started school. 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."
7) Lena Tindall
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.
8) Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Born: 6 May 2019
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor might only just be three-years-old, 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, Canada, and the USA. 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.
9) August Brooksbank
Born: 9 February 2021
August Philip Hawke Brooksbank is just one-year-old, but he's proving very popular with the public ever since mum Princess Eugenie shared 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.
10) Lucas Tindall
Born: 21 March 2021
Lucas Philip Tindall graced the world with his presence born in March last year, when he was welcomed by 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!
11) Lili Mountbatten-Windsor
Born: 4 June 2021
The newest royal great-grandchild on the block comes courtesy of grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle - who famously stepped down from their royal duties in 2020. Her full name is Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the Queen's childhood nickname, but she'll go by Lili. The world has been waiting for Lili's arrival since her parents announced on Valentine's Day that they were expecting their second child. Then, in their no-holds-barred interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March, the couple revealed their son Archie would be getting a sister. Lili tips the great-grandchild balance of boys to girls in the female favour.
12) Sienna Mapelli Mozzi
Born: 18 September 2021
In May 2021, the royal family announced that Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were expecting their first child together - the 12th great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth. Their daughter, Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, was born on 18 September 2021 in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and weighed in at 6lb 2oz. Sienna is the fifth of the Queen's great-grandchildren to have a moniker paying tribute to Her Majesty (Isla, Charlotte and Lena also have the middle name 'Elizabeth' and Lilibet is a known childhood nickname of the Queen).
After Queen Elizabeth II passed away, Sienna's father shared a touching tribute on Instagram and said he was glad that Her Majesty had been able to spend time with his daughter before her death.
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