Everything you need to know about the Queen's grandchildren

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(left to right) Queen Elizabeth II, stands with members of the royal family, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade as the Queen celebrates her official birthday.
The Queen with several generations of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour. Photo: Getty

The Queen is a proud grandmother to eight grandchildren, who range in age from their early 40s to just 12 years old.

Each of her children has had two children of their own, and most of her older grandchildren are now married or engaged.

She first welcomed a grandchild in 1977, and her growing family also now includes great-grandchildren.

Peter Phillips

Peter is the eldest and only son of Anne, the Princess Royal, and her former husband, Captain Mark Phillips.

Queen Elizabeth II with her daughter, Princess Anne and grandson, Peter Phillips at the baby boy's christening, 12th December 1977. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Queen with Princess Anne and grandson, Peter Phillips, at his christening (Getty)
Princess Anne with her daughter Zara Phillips, nearly 3, and son Peter Phillips, 6, right, at the Badminton Horse Trials   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Anne with Zara and Peter, right, when he was six (Getty)

Peter Phillips was born in November 1977, with his birth marked by a 41-gun salute. He was baptised in the Buckingham Palace music room a week later, but his mother opted not to give him a royal title.

The lack of title means he is simply “Mr Peter Phillips” and he is not known as His Royal Highness.

Phillips went to Gordonstoun in Scotland, like his grandfather Prince Philip, and even became head boy. After school, he went to the University of Exeter where he completed a degree in sports science.

His previous relationships include cod liver oil heiress Elizabeth Lorio and flight attendant Tara Swain.

ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Peter and his wife Autumn, who announced their split in February (Getty)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips, Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, although the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Peter is not a working royal but can take his family to events like Trooping the Colour (Getty)

But it was love at first sight when he met Autumn Kelly in Canada in 2003. The couple were together for about four years before he proposed in 2007, and married in Windsor a year later.

They have two children, Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.

But in February, the Peter and Autumn confirmed they had split up and said in a statement that they had told their families at the end of 2019.

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25:  Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips, Peter Philips and Savannah Phillips attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Autumn, Isla, Peter and Savannah Phillips at church on Christmas Day (Getty)

Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall is the only daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Phillips, and the younger sister of Peter.

Princess Anne leaves St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, with her three day-old baby daughter, Zara Phillips, London, 18th May 1981. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Princess Anne leaves St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, with three day old Zara (Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Prince William points from the balcony of Buckingham Place with his cousin Zara Phillips (L) and Lady Davina Windsor (R) following Trooping the Colour on June 15, 1985 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Prince William with cousins Zara, left, and Davina in 1985 (Getty)

She was born in May 1981, and baptised at Windsor Castle. She was also never given a title, meaning she is not an HRH.

Like her brother and her grandfather, she attended Gordonstoun, and also followed in Phillips’ footsteps to go to Exeter.

Tindall is an accomplished equestrian, competing at the London Olympics in 2012, and even winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: Zara Tindall, the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, rides a horse on Surfers Paradise beach during the 2020 Magic Millions official draw at Surfers Paradise Foreshore on January 07, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)
Zara is an accomplished equestrian (Getty Images)
England rugby player Mike Tindall (L) kisses his new bride Britain's Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, after their wedding ceremony at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland, on July 30, 2011. AFP PHOTO / DYLAN MARTINEZ/POOL (Photo by DYLAN MARTINEZ / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DYLAN MARTINEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mike and Zara Tindall's wedding in 2011 (Getty)

Tindall is married to former England rugby player Mike Tindall, and the couple have two children, Mia, six, and Lena, one.

She’s previously spoken about how two of her pregnancies ended in miscarriage.

ABERFELDY, SCOTLAND - JULY 11:  Zara Phillips and daughter Mia Tindall pose for a photograph after husband Ex England rugby star Mike Tindall finished the grueling Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon in Loch Tay Scotland on July 11, 2015 in Aberfeldy, Scotland.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for Artemis Quadrathlon)
Zara and Mike with daughter Mia in 2015 (Getty)

Prince William

Second in line to the throne, the Duke of Cambridge is the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

AUCKLAND - APRIL 23: Diana Princess of Wales with Prince Charles and Prince William posing for a photocall on the lawn of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 23, 1983 during the Royal Tour of New Zealand. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
Prince William with his mother and father in Auckland, during the 1983 royal tour of New Zealand (Getty Images)

William was born in June 1982 and baptised in the music room at Buckingham Palace in September of the same year.

Prince Charles was keen not to send his children to Gordonstoun, having not enjoyed his time there (he once called it “Colditz in kilts”), so William was sent to Eton College in Windsor.

But William did venture to Scotland for university, studying at St Andrews after a gap year, where he met his now wife, Kate Middleton.

File Photo: Prince William at 18 in his gap year between school and university working on a voluntary building project for Raleigh International charity in Southern Chile. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
William at 18 in his gap year working on a voluntary building project in Southern Chile (Getty)
St Andrews, UNITED KINGDOM:  Prince William departs St Andrews police station after his graduation ceremony at St Andrews University, Thursday June 23, 2005. William got a 2:1 in geography after four years studying for his Master of Arts. Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, graduated from university Thursday to embark on a new chapter in his life, which will include work experience in London and a possible army career. AFP PHOTO POOL MICHAEL DUNLEA  (Photo credit should read MICHAEL DUNLEA/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince William graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland (Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dated for about seven years – though split briefly in 2006 – and confirmed their engagement in November 2011.

The couple now have three children of his own – Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Louis, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte  and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children on the balcony for Trooping the Colour (Getty)

Prince Harry

William’s younger brother, Harry is the second son of Charles and Diana. He was born in September 1984.

Prince Charles & Princess Diana leaving hospital after the birth of Prince Harry dbase MSI Glossary. 16th September 1984. (Photo by R Wells, J Fraser, P Brooks/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Charles and Diana leaving hospital with Prince Harry (Getty)
BALMORAL, SCOTLAND  -  AUGUST 18:   Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Harry play on the banks of the River Dee, near Balmoral Castle.during a Summer vacation, on August 18, 1987, in Balmoral, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Diana and Harry playing at Balmoral in 1987 (Getty)

His name is actually Henry, and he was baptised as such in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The Duke of Sussex also went to Eton College, and was a house captain of games, showing his love for all things sport. He took a gap year before starting his military career at Sandhurst.

Harry served for 10 years in the army, including a tour in Afghanistan.

Harry has had several girlfriends over the years and been linked with other women. He dated Chelsy Davy, but their relationship broke down because of media attention. He was also with Cressida Bonas for a number of years before they split.

ETON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 07:  Prince Harry Practising For The Military Tattoo At Eton College Of Army Cadets Where He Was The Parade Commander.  This Is One Of A Series Of Pictures Released Ahead Of The Prince Completing His Studies At Eton.  (Photo by Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Prince Harry was in the army for 10 years (Getty)

He met the actress Meghan Markle in early 2016 and their relationship was secret for several months. They announced their engagement in November 2017.

Harry and Meghan married at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in May 2018. They have one son, Archie Harrison.

In January 2020, they announced they wanted to step back as senior members of the Royal Family and intended to carve their own path which they hoped would allow them to represent the Queen and earn their own money.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss outside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kiss outside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding (Getty)

However the Royal Family was not so keen to allow the middle ground and the couple had to agree not to use the HRH title and to stop receiving money from the crown estate.

Princess Beatrice

The oldest daughter of Andrew, the Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, Beatrice was born in August 1988.

The Duke and  Duchess of York leaving Portland Hospital in London with their first child four-day old Princess Beatrice.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of York leaving Portland Hospital in London with four-day old Princess Beatrice (Getty)

Beatrice went to Coworth Park School and then to St George’s in Ascot, where she was head girl.

Although she has a royal title, Princess Beatrice is not a working royal, and earns her own money working in business. She is a patron of several charities and organisations.

Princess Beatrice announced her engagement to the property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in September 2019. They are set to tie the knot in May.

LONDON, ENGLAND -  JULY 10:   Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York attend the Lenny Kravitz & Dom Perignon 'Assemblage' exhibition, the launch Of Lenny Kravitz' UK Photography Exhibition, on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Dom Perignon)
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice will get hitched in May (Getty)

Princess Eugenie

Eugenie is the second daughter of Andrew and Sarah and was born in March 1990.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 30:  Prince Andrew With His Wife Sarah, Duchess Of York, Leaving The Portland Hospital With Their Baby Daughter Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena Of York.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Prince Andrew with Sarah, Duchess Of York, and baby Princess Eugenie (Getty)

As a child, she suffered scoliosis and had to undergo surgery to correct the curvature of the spine. She had titanium rods and screws inserted into her spine, and was in wheelchair for about six days thereafter.

Eugenie also went to Coworth Park School, and then to Marlborough College in Wiltshire. She read her degree at Newcastle University.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12:  Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.  (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in Windsor (Getty)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Eugenie arrives at St George's Chapel ahead of her and Jack Brooksbank's wedding ceremony on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie chose a dress which showed her scoliosis scar (Getty)

Like her sister, she works full time, and attends events as a member of the Royal Family but not as a working royal. She works in the art world.

Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, and chose a dress to show her scoliosis scar.

Lady Louise Windsor

Louise is the Queen’s youngest granddaughter and the firstborn child of Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and Sophie) hold their newborn daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, in the sitting room of the royal home in Sandringham for this portrait taken by the Duke of York. (Photo by © Pool Photograph/Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Prince Edward and Sophie with baby Louise (Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Prince Harry and bridesmaid Lady Louise Windsor depart the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Prince Harry and Lady Louise at William and Kate's wedding (Getty)

She is known as Lady Louise Windsor. She was born prematurely in November 2003, while her father was away, so he was not present at her birth.

She was baptised in April 2004 in the private chapel at Windsor Castle. She was the last royal baby to wear the original christening gown.

Louise was born with an eye condition which causes one eye to turn inwards. She had an operation to correct it, which was unsuccessful, but more treatment in 2013 restored her sight.

MARLOW, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Lady Louise Windsor plays hockey as she attends an England Hockey team training session at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on January 7, 2020 in Marlow, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Lady Louise Windsor plays hockey as she attends an England Hockey team training session in a rare public appearance (Getty)

She is largely out of the public eye at the moment, but was a bridesmaid for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is also seen at events like Trooping the Colour.

Lady Louise has also taken up carriage driving, something her grandfather did.

James, Viscount Severn

The Queen’s youngest grandchild, James, was born in December 2007.

SURREY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex leave Frimley Park Hospital with their baby son, Viscount Severn, their second child on December 20, 2007 in Surrey, England. The names chosen by The Earl and Countess of Wessex for their son are James Alexander Philip Theo. (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Sophie and Edward with James in 2007 (Getty)

Like his sister, he has a courtesy title, and so is known as the Viscount Severn. His parents probably chose this to avoid some of the pressure of a royal title.

He is 12th in line to the throne and was also baptised in the private chapel at Windsor Castle. He was the first to wear the new replica christening gown.

Both he and his older sister have lakes named after them in Canada, done to mark his father’s visit to Manitoba.

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sophie, Countess of Wessex and James, Viscount Severn feed a giraffe as they visit The Wild Place Project at Bristol Zoo on July 23, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
James pokes his tongue out as he mimics a giraffe in Bristol Zoo (Getty)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex with James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor  attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Edward, Sophie, James and Louise attend church in Sandringham (Getty)

His title reflects his mother’s Welsh roots, as the River Severn rises in Wales.

James and Louise travelled with their parents on royal tour to South Africa in 2015.

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