It’s well known that Queen Elizabeth is a grandma. But now her grandchildren have themselves started having kids – making her a great-grandmother. However, the royal family tree is a complicated enough one that the average person probably can’t name all the great-grandkids. And some of them aren’t even technically considered royals. So, with that in mind, here’s all eight of them.
8. Savannah Phillips
Savannah was born in December 2010 and is the oldest of the great grandchildren. Her parents are Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn. Savannah has no royal title because her father also does not – Anne and her husband turned down a title for him when he was born.
Upon young Savannah’s birth Buckingham Palace released a statement saying, “The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn’s family have been informed and are delighted with the news.” At that time, the baby was 12th in line to the throne.
The arrival of Savannah’s cousins pushed her down into number 16 in the line of succession. She doesn’t seem to bear a grudge though. Savannah’s been spotted at the side of Prince George quite frequently, and the pair of them goof off adorably when they think nobody is looking.
Savannah seems to boss her younger relative around from time to time. During the 2018 Trooping of the Colour ceremony she was spotted placing her hand over the mouth of the future king of England, and just a week later she shoved her cousin down a hill as the children watched a charity polo match.
Unfortunately, Savannah’s parents Peter and Autumn announced in February 2020 that they were splitting. The two released a statement stating they believed “that this was the best course of action for [our] two children and ongoing friendship.” Hopefully it won’t have too much effect on the childhood the young girl is currently enjoying.
7. Isla Phillips
Isla was born in March 2012 and is the youngest sister of Savannah – the second child of Peter and Autumn. Her parents chose the middle name of “Elizabeth,” which is most likely a tribute to her great-grandmother the Queen, although that’s never officially been confirmed.
Peter and Autumn Phillips seem to be trying to give their children private lives, despite them being on the outskirts of the royal family. Isla was christened in July 2012, but it was a very quiet ceremony with only a handful of family members present. And the identities of her godparents were never revealed.
Little Isla did, however, make her first big public appearance at the Trooping the Colour parade in 2017, where she stood alongside her sister Savannah and her cousins George and Charlotte. The following year she also appeared on the balcony with her family – though this time she couldn’t resist but stick her tongue out.
Isla appears to be quite close with her cousins – just like Savannah. She’s often been photographed playing with Zara’s daughter Mia Tindall. And in October 2018 she, Mia, Savannah, Princess Charlotte and Prince George served as bridesmaids and page boys for the wedding of Princess Eugenie.
The Phillips parents are divorcing, but it seems they’re doing everything possible to make it easier for their children. There were rumors that Autumn would move to Canada and take the children with her, though that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, Peter and Autumn reportedly plan to be neighbors going forward.
6. Prince George
Prince George perhaps needs no introduction – he’s the kid who will one day most likely be crowned king of the United Kingdom. London landmarks lit up to celebrate a new heir to the throne being born upon his birth in July 2013. The BT Tower displayed the message, “It’s a boy” and the London Eye turned red, white and blue.
Prince William and Kate Middleton announced the name of their new baby a day after his birth – he would be called George Alexander Louis. A few months later the child was christened at St James’s Palace by the Archbishop of Canterbury and wore a replica of the traditional Royal Christening Robe.
While still a baby, Prince George was taken abroad by his parents to join them on their royal tour of New Zealand and Australia. He stole the spotlight from even them, and the media couldn’t get enough of him visiting playgroups and zoos in the two countries. And – knowing how popular he was – Kate and William released pictures of the child periodically.
Prince George became a sibling for the first time in May 2015 when his sister Princess Charlotte was born, and then again in April 2018 when Prince Louis came along. All the Cambridge kids must know their family is famous, since cameras follow them wherever they go. But Prince George reportedly doesn’t actually realize he’s supposed to be king and his father intends to reveal that later in life.
In 2016 William told the BBC, “There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in, in the world. But right now, it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing as much love as I can as a father.” Yet it goes without saying that he’ll find out eventually.
5. Mia Tindall
Mia is the first child of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall and was born in January 2014. A few days after the birth her ex-rugby player father Mike Tindall announced the baby’s name via Twitter. He wrote, “For everyone who has asked what our daughter’s name [is], it’s Mia Grace Tindall.”
Mia – like her parents and sister Lena – doesn’t have a royal title. She does lead a pretty charmed life, however. In December 2019 Zara told Australian magazine Now to Love that both the Tindall daughters rode and “we just bought Mia a new pony called Magic.”
And Mike told the magazine of his daughter, “[Mia is] going through that period where she thinks she knows what to do, so we have someone teaching her. Her cousins Savannah and Isla and Zara’s brother Peter Phillips all ride as well, and they go riding together… Mia is a fantastic bundle of energy and that challenges you as well as keeps it interesting.”
Zara mused on what her children would want to do in the future in that same interview. She said, “I love that they have the opportunity of working with animals, being outside, all the traditions that you learn with treating an animal – looking after your stuff, looking after the animals and learning good balance, all those skills you learn. But I think Mia will probably want to do her own thing anyway.”
Despite her status, Mia is of course still just a child and behaves as any kid does. In June 2020 Mike told The Telegraph, “[Mia] can be brilliant one minute and then something you’ve seen her do a thousand times she’ll just go, ‘I don’t know how to do that.’ And then you go, ‘Well I know you do,’ and she’ll just say, ‘No I don’t,’ and then you get frustrated, and you’re trying not to get frustrated.”
4. Princess Charlotte
Princess Charlotte was Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first daughter and she entered the world in May 2015. Just as many London landmarks had lit up in blue for the birth of her brother Prince George, they illuminated in pink to pay tribute to her. Her parents then announced the meaningful full name they had given Charlotte not long after her birth.
The little girl’s full name was to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. “Charlotte” honored William’s father Prince Charles, as well as the baby’s aunt Pippa Middleton, who bears Charlotte as a middle name. Meanwhile, “Elizabeth” was of course a tribute to the Queen. And “Diana” was to honor William’s mother, who tragically passed away in 1997.
In March 2016 Kate spoke on the ITV documentary Our Queen at Ninety and said, “I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister. The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here.”
Over the years Charlotte has gained a reputation for being the naughtiest of the royal great-grandchildren. She’s often been caught making silly faces or sticking her tongue out at waiting cameras. And during Prince Louis’s christening ceremony in 2018 she told the gathered photographers, “You’re not coming.”
Prince William noted some concerns about his daughter getting older, however. In 2016 he told press in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, “Charlotte is very easy, she is sweet. But all the fathers say to me, ‘Just you wait, when they get to nine or 11 they get crazy.’ I’m looking forward to it. There will be some drama.”
3. Prince Louis
Prince Louis made a bit of British history when he was born in April 2018, and it was because of a change in royal law. An amendment at that time put male and female royals on equal footing. And this meant that Princess Charlotte kept her spot in the line of succession instead of being bumped down by a younger brother, as would have happened in the past.
Louis was given a meaningful moniker – like his siblings before him. His full name – which was announced four days after his birth – would be Louis Arthur Charles. Louis was a tribute to Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was the uncle of Prince William’s grandfather Prince Phillip. Sadly, he was murdered by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in 1979.
The middle name of “Arthur” had been what many people assumed the first name of the baby would be. It was a name often associated with royalty – think King Arthur – and it happened to be a middle name of Prince Charles as well. And, of course, the third name of “Charles” spoke for itself.
Prince Charles naturally released a statement about the birth of Prince Louis. He stated in the message, “We [he and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall] are both so pleased at the news. It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.”
A few years later and Prince Louis appears to be thriving. In July 2019 the royal family went out to watch a charity polo match, and an observer of the event told People magazine, “[Louis] is a funny little chap. He looked very pleased with himself.” The baby prince was also called “a real character.”
2. Lena Tindall
Zara and Mike Tindall tried for another child after having their daughter Mia. And in November 2016 the couple announced that they were expecting again. But a month later the pregnancy unfortunately ended in miscarriage. A spokesperson said, “Very sadly, Zara and Mike Tindall have lost their baby. At this difficult time, we ask that everyone respects their privacy.”
Three months after Lena was born in September 2018, Zara spoke on the show BBC Breakfast about her difficult journey to become a mother for the second time. She said, “… When things like that happen, normally it’s just your family and friends, but unfortunately everyone knew about it.”
Zara had some decision-making to do before settling on a name for her child. In 2018 she told The Telegraph newspaper, “I liked the name Elena. But I didn’t want her initials to be ‘E.T.’ so she’s Lena.” And Lena’s middle name is Elizabeth, just like some of her royal cousins.
Mike told Now to Love that he didn’t mind what the baby’s gender was before Lena was born. He said, “I was so happy with how Mia was as a girl that I wasn’t really bothered either way and when Lena was coming along, I wasn’t bothered at all [about] what we got. I was just happy to be having another child.”
Lena hasn’t been seen in public all that much, but she did make an accidental vocal appearance during June 2020. That month her father was speaking on the podcast Joe’s House of Rugby when little Lena interrupted him. Mike said, “Sorry, Lena’s just on fire at the moment, she’s never quiet.”
1. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
Baby Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was the first child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, so the boy was world-famous before he was even born. Meghan’s pregnancy alone had made front-page news. Furthermore, royal fans were quick to share their delight and excitement when the announcement came from Kensington Palace in October 2018.
And that excitement reached a fever pitch when Archie was born in May 2019. But there was an interesting detail regarding him – his parents had opted not to give him a royal title. And he would grow up without an honorific, like some of his cousins. He would be called simply by the name that his parents had given him.
The decision not to give Archie a royal title appeared to be a move towards Prince Harry and Meghan giving their child a normal life. In May 2019 royal expert Marlene Koenig told Town and Country magazine, “Without the burden of a title – and no royal role to play – Archie will have a less constrained life, albeit with money and family connections, and with more opportunities outside the royal circle.”
But in January 2020 Harry and Meghan suddenly announced they would be stepping down as working royals. In their statement they said they wished to “raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter.”
Archie and his parents live quieter lives now, but news about the little boy gets out. In June 2020 a royal insider told Us Weekly, “He’s saying a few words, like ‘dada,’ ‘mama,’ ‘book,’ and ‘dog.’ He loves playing hide-and-seek and using building blocks.” Hopefully, there will be more details to come.