How many of the royals on the balcony do you know?

Bianca Soldani
Lifestyle Editor Australia

The royal family have put on their finest and trotted out onto Buckingham Palace’s famous balcony for the annual Trooping of the Colour celebrations.

It was a special one this year, with Prince Louis making it onto the balcony for the first time, and Meghan Markle (if you could spot her in the background) out in public for the first time since giving birth to son Archie.

But of course, they weren’t the only royals there to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday, and as Britain’s most famous family gathered to watch the RAF fly-past, you’d be forgiven for not recognising a few of them.

How many of the royals can you name? Photo: Getty

So, how well do you know the royals?

Scroll through to see close ups of all the royals on the balcony and see how many you can guess. The names will be below each photo.

We won’t bore you with the easy ones so the Sussexes, Cambridges, Cornwalls and the Queen, are not included. Good luck.

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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent

To start things off we have the Queen’s first cousin Prince Michael of Kent, 76, and his wife Princess Michael – whose birth name is Marie.

Women who marry into the royal family (and aren’t a princess in their own right) traditionally take on their husband’s name and title, which is why we know Princess Michael by her husband’s name.

Technically, Meghan is actually ‘Princess Henry of Wales’, and Kate is ‘Princess William’, but as they were bestowed Dukedoms on their marriage, they adopted the duchess title instead. Princess Michael is not a duchess, so she goes by her husband’s title instead.

At the time of their marriage, Princess Michael was a Roman Catholic and a divorcee. Under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701, Prince Michael had to forfeit his place in the line of succession to the throne because he wed a Roman Catholic.

However, his position was reinstated in 2015 due to the recent Succession to the Crown Act changes and he is currently 48th in line to the throne.

While the prince and princess are not publicly funded, they do undertake a range of public duties, including representing the Queen at certain engagements.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor, Thomas Kingston, Lord Frederick Windsor, Sophie Winkleman (left to right)

These are Prince and Princess Michael’s two children and their spouses.

In the pink we have Lady Gabriella Windsor, who married Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, on the first anniversary of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding at the same location.

This is Thomas’ first major royal appearance since joining the family, and he hung in the background, standing behind his wife and in-laws.

Beside him is the Prince and Princess’ son Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Lady Frederik - born Sophie Winkleman - dressed in blue.

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Zenouska Mowatt

Zenouska Mowatt is the granddaughter of the Queen’s cousin, Princess Alexandra.

Princess Alexandra, who is also known as the the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, is 82 years old and served as a bridesmaid at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.

Currently sitting at 53rd in line to the throne, her brothers are the Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent, and she has two children, a son James Ogilvy, and daughter Marina Ogilvy.

Zenouska is Marina and her husband Paul Mowatt’s daughter. They also have a son named Christian.

While Princess Alexandra wasn’t present for the Trooping the Colour she’s still a working member of the Royal Family and is patron or president of over 100 organisations, from the arts to health care.

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Flora, James and Alexander Ogilvy (left to right)

James Ogilvy, who is pictured in the centre of the above photo, is the other child of Princess Alexandra.

He made it onto the balcony alongside his daughter Flora, dressed in purple, and son Alexandra, who was wearing a pink tie. It’s unclear why they were standing at the opposite end to their cousin Zenouska Mowatt.

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Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester

The Duke of Gloucester, 74, is the second son of the late Duke of Gloucester and the late Princess Alice, and is another of the Queen’s cousins.

He’s currently 27th in line to the throne and inherited his father’s dukedom and royal duties following the death of his elder brother Prince William of Gloucester in August 1972.

The Duke and his wife Birgitte, who was born in Denmark, live at Kensington Palace and have three children; Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, Lady Davina Windsor and Lady Rose Gilman.

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Lady Rose Gilman and George Gilman

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s youngest child, Lady Rose, made it onto the balcony with her husband George Gilman.

The pair married in 2008 and have two children, one of which, their daughter Lyla, was present.

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Peter and Autumn, and Isla and Savannah Phillips

Who can forget the way little Savannah Philips shushed her cousin Prince George this time last year?

The young royal and her sister Isla, are the children of Peter and Autumn Phillips, with Peter being the son of Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips.

Unlike his cousins William and Harry, Peter is not a prince because royal titles are only carried down the male line, and his father is not a prince. The Queen offered to give Peter and his sister Zara Phillips the ‘prince and princess’ titles anyway, but Princess Anne famously refused.

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Lady Helen Windsor and Estella Taylor

Lady Helen Windsor is the daughter of Edward, the Duke of Kent (the brother of Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra), and has two daughters Eloise and Estella Taylor.

Eloise and Estella have been photographed standing beside Kate Middleton at many Trooping the Colours in years past, but this year, only Estella was present.

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James, Viscount Severn, and Lyla Gilman

James, Viscount Severn, is the eleven-year-old son of the Queen’s youngest child Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

Edward and Sophie, 54, married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in 1999, and while Edward was the last of the Queen’s children to wed, he’s the only one whose first marriage hasn’t ended in divorce.

A public relations specialist in her former life, Sophie tried to juggle both her career and her royal duties after tying the knot, but after a business scandal erupted a couple of years later, she was forced to abandon it.

She and Edward were given the titles of ‘earl and countess’, rather than the higher ranked ‘duke and duchess’, so their children have ‘lord and lady’ titles, rather than ‘prince and princess’ titles like their cousins, William, Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie.

Along with son James, they have a 15-year-old daughter, Lady Louise, who was a bridesmaid at Kate and Wills’ wedding.

Meanwhile Lyla Gilman is the daughter of Lady Rose Gilman who we mentioned earlier.

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Princess Eugenie, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew (left to right)

These are faces you should already know. The Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, was standing behind Charles, while her younger brother Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, took his place on the other side of the Queen.

The daughters Andrew shares with his ex wife Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, stood in the background, behind the Queen.

Beatrice, 30, has recently gone public with her new boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and attended Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s wedding together in May.

Beatrice and Edoardo have known each other since childhood but only recently reconnected. His engagement to architect and designer Dara Huang, with whom he shares a two-year-old son, ended abruptly last year.

Meanwhile Beatrice’s younger sister Eugenie, 29, married Jack Brooksbank in October last year at the same chapel Harry and Meghan chose for their royal wedding.

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Lord Nicholas Windsor and Louis Windsor

Now we’re starting to get very far away from the throne with Lord Nicholas Windsor, who is one of King George V’s great-grandchildren, which makes him the Queen’s first cousin, once removed.

He managed to pick up a spot right next to the Cambridges along with his son Louis Windsor, who has his arm in a cast.

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George Windsor, the Earl of St Andrews and Sylvana Palma Windsor, Countess of St Andrews

George Windsor is Lord Nicholas Windsor’s brother, and while you may not recognise George and his wife Sylvana, perhaps you know their daughter Lady Amelia Windsor.

Lady Amelia has been nicknamed the ‘most beautiful royal’, and recently attended Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s wedding.

She has two siblings, Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick and Lady Marina Windsor, neither of which made it to the Trooping the Colour.

So, how many did you guess? If you’re still feeling a little confused about who’s who, all of the Queen’s direct descendants are listed in this handy family tree below.

The Queen's family tree

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