By Amy Hunt published
Wondering how those hordes on the Buckingham Palace balcony fit into the royal family tree? Scroll through for profiles of the British Royal Family.
Of course, at the head of the royal family is the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen was born in London in 1926 and ascended to the throne at the age of 27 after the death of her father, King George VI.
The Queen is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states and their territories and dependencies, and head of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations. And her 65-year reign is the longest one British monarch has ever sat on the throne.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Their eldest, Prince Charles, 71, will ascend to the throne, upon the Queen's death, and become the reigning monarch.
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Of course, many of us are well acquainted with the rest of Prince Charles family - his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, and their own families. But how well do you know the rest of the British royal family? Because as it turns out, there's a whole lot of them...
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The Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1921, is Britain's longest-serving consort. Exiled from Greece with his family as a child, Philip was educated in Germany, England and Scotland and joined the Royal Navy in 1939. After being granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth, Philip abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism, and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten from his British maternal grandparents. Prince Philip is famous for his outspoken nature and his gaffes are legendary.
Charles, born 1948, is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. He is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history. As well as his royal duties, Prince Charles founded The Prince's Trust in 1976 and is patron of many other charitable and arts organisations. The Prince has championed organic farming, and has his own Duchy Originals line of products. His 1981 marriage to Lady Diana Spencer produced two sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales. The couple divorced in 1996 and he married Camilla Parker-Bowles in 2005. She now uses the title Duchess of Cornwall.
Duchess Of Cornwall
Camilla Parker-Bowles married Prince Charles in 2005 in a ceremony at Windsor Castle, whereupon Camilla became the Duchess of Cornwall. Since becoming a royal, Camilla has supported many charitable causes, raising awareness in areas including osteoporosis, sexual abuse, and animal welfare.
Born in 1982, William was the first child of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. The second in line to the British throne was a pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force, but now completes official duties on behalf of the monarch full-time. He was educated at Eton, and after a gap year, attended the University of St Andrews where he met his wife Catherine, a History of Art student. The couple became engaged in October 2010 in Kenya and married in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Prince William is also a keen polo player, footballer and motorcyclist. In recent years, Prince William has taken on more and more duties in preparation to become King, undertaking official solo royal tours and completing constitutional duties.
Duchess of Cambridge
The wife of Prince William, Kate Middleton is the eldest of Carole and Michael Middleton's three children. She was educated at Marlborough School and studied History of Art at the University of St Andrews, where she met her prince. As well as carrying out royal duties, Catherine supports many charities as a royal patron, including The Art Room, the National Portrait Gallery, Action on Addiction and East Anglia Children's Hospice, amongst many more. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis
The three children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, who is one. Prince George is third in line to the throne after his father and grandfather.
Prince Harry of Wales was born in 1984, the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. He is currently sixth in the line of succession to the throne, behind his father, brother, and his niece and nephews. An Army officer since 2006, Harry has served on the front line in Afghanistan. In May 2019, he married Meghan Markle, and the couple have since welcomed their baby son, Archie.
Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle became a member of the British royal family when she married Prince Harry in May 2018. Upon marriage she was granted the title, the Duchess of Sussex, while her husband became the Duke of Sussex. Since then Meghan has attained several royal patronages, and she and Harry have welcomed a baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor
Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor is the only child and son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Born in May 2019, the seven month old has already made his first royal tour abroad, joining his parents in South Africa in October 2019. He is currently seventh-in-line to the throne.
Princess Beatrice is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, and the second female in the line of succession, after Princess Charlotte. She was born in 1988 and graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London last year with a BA in History and History of Ideas. This year, she announced her engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The couple will marry in 2020.
Princess Eugenie was born in 1990 and is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. She graduated from Newcastle University with a Combined Honours BA degree in Art History, English Literature and Politics, and now works as a director at the Hauser and Wirth art gallery in London. In 2018, she married her fiance Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle.
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Prince Edward, born in 1964, is the youngest child of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. In 1999 he married Sophie Rhys-Jones, who was then a PR executive. Upon marriage, she was given the title the Countess of Wessex, while her husband became the Earl of Wessex. The pair regularly complete official engagements for the Queen.
The Duke of York was born in 1960, and was the third child for the Queen and Prince Philip. He joined the Navy in 1979 and fought in the Falklands War aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. His marriage to Sarah Ferguson ended in divorce in 1996, but the couple remain close and live together with their children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, in Royal Lodge.
James Viscount Severn
James, Viscount Severn, is the second child and only son of Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex. He was born in 2007 and his first public appearance was at the Jubilee Thames river pageant. He's rarely seen in public at the moment, but often attends family events, such as Trooping the Colour, alongside his sister and parents.
Lady Louise Windsor
Lady Louise, born 2003, is the elder child and only daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It's thought that Louise has picked up her grandmother's love of horses, as she's often spotted riding around Windsor.
Anne, Princess Royal, is the Queen's and Prince Philip's only daughter. A talented rider, in her equestrian career she won two silver and one gold medal at the European Eventing Championships and was the first member of the British Royal Family to compete in the Olympics. Currently married to Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, she has two children from her previous marriage to Mark Phillips, Peter and Zara. Princess Anne is regularly referred to as one of the hardest-working royals in the family, often completing the most amount of official engagements in any given year.
Peter Phillips, Autumn Kelly, Savannah and Isla Phillips
The first child of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Peter Phillips was born in 1977. He married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008 and the couple have two children, Savannah and Isla. The family don't complete official duties on behalf of the Queen but are regularly seen at family events, such as Royal Ascot and Trooping the Colour.
Zara and Mike Tindall
Zara Phillips was born in 1981 and is Princess Anne's only daughter. She has inherited her mother and grandmother's talent and love of equestrianism. A former European Champion eventer, Zara is representing Great Britain in this summer's Olympic Games. Zara is married to Gloucester and England rugby union player Mike Tindall. The pair now have two daughters, Mia, 3, and Lena, 1.
Viscount and Viscountess Linley
Viscount Linley is the only son of Princess Margaret. He is a furniture maker and chairman of the auction house Christie's UK. He once dated Susannah (of Trinny and Susannah fame) but married the Hon. Serena Stanhope in 1993. The couple have two children, Charles and Margarita.
Charles and Margarita Armstrong-Jones
Margarita, born 2002, was a bridesmaid at Prince William and Catherine's royal wedding in 2011. Her older brother, Charles, is a Page of Honour to the Queen.
The Earl and Countess of St Andrews
George Windsor, born 1962, is the eldest son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent. His marriage to the Catholic Sylvana Tomaselli removed him from the line of succession. The Countess is a historian and Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. The couple have three children, Lord Downpatrick, Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor and Lady Amelia Windsor. As both Lord Downpatrick and Lady Marina-Charlotte have converted to Catholicism, Lady Amelia is the only member of the family who remains in the line of succession to the British throne.
The Earl and Countess of Ulster, Baron Culloden and Lady Cosima Windsor
Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster was born in 1974 and is the only son of the Duke of Gloucester. He is married to Claire Booth, a physician, and the couple have two children - Xan (Baron Culloden, pictured) and Lady Cosima Windsor.
Lady Davina Lewis, Gary Lewis and Senna Kowhai
Lady Davina Lewis, born 1977, is the elder daughter of the Duke of Gloucester. Her husband, Gary Lewis, was the first Maori to join the royal family. The couple have a daughter, Senna Kowhai (pictured, born 2010) and a son, Tāne Mahuta, who was born on 25 May 2012.
Lady Rose Gilman
The younger daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Lady Rose Gilman was born in 1980. She works in the film industry as an art assistant, and worked on the Harry Potter films. Lady Rose and her husband George have one daughter, Lyla, born in 2010.
Lady Sarah Chatto, Samuel Chatto
Lady Sarah Chatto is the only daughter of the 1st Earl of Snowdon and Princess Margaret, the Queen's late sister. Lady Sarah is a professional painter and has two children, Samuel, 23, and Arthur, 20.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester
Born in 1944, Prince Richard is Duke of Gloucester and the Queen's first cousin. Married to the Danish Birgitte van Deurs, the Duke and Duchess have three children: the Earl of Ulster, Lady Davina Lewis and Lady Rose Gilman.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent (on the right)
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent was born in 1935 and is a first cousin of the Queen. The Duke is President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and presents the trophies to the Wimbledon champion and runner-up. Last year, he did so alongside the Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke and Duchess have four children: George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews; Lord Nicholas Windsor and Lady Helen Taylor. The couple currently live in Wren House, on the grounds of Kensington Palace - and so count Kate and William as one of their neighbours!
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor, Albert and Leopold Windsor
The youngest child of the Duke of Kent, in 2001 Lord Nicholas Windsor became the first male blood royal to convert to Catholicism since Charles II in 1685. He was also the first member of the British royal family to marry in the Vatican. His two children, Albert and Leopold (pictured) have also been baptised as Catholics. Lady Nicholas Windsor (birth name Paola), was a writer before marrying her husband.
Lady Helen Taylor
The only daughter of the Duke of Kent, Lady Helen Taylor is an ambassador and muse to Giorgio Armani. She is the only one of the Duke of Kent's children that remains in the line of succession to the British throne - both of her brothers married Catholics. Lady Helen and her husband Timothy have four children: Columbus, Cassius, Eloise and Estella.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent, born 1942, is the cousin of the Queen and grandson of King George V and Queen Mary. Prince Michael lost his place in the line of succession when he married the Roman Catholic divorcee Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz - now styled Princess Michael of Kent. The couple have two children, Lord Frederick and Lady Gabriella Windsor - find out more about them below...
Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor
Lord Frederick Windsor (known as Freddie) is the only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Born in 1979, he is a financial analyst in the City. In 2009, he married the actress Sophie Winkleman (pictured), Claudia's sister. She is now styled as Lady Frederick Windsor, and the couple live together with their two daughters, Maud, six, and Isabella, three.
Lady Gabriella Windsor
Lady Gabriella Windsor is the only daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, born in 1981. She is a graduate of Brown University and Oxford, and a freelance feature writer. In 2019, she married Thomas Kingston at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist, currently working as Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on other women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com.
She is obsessive about everything homes and interiors—whether she's sniffing out the very best deal on a KitchenAid stand mixer or keeping up the latest Dyson release. And when she isn't editing or writing articles on interior trends or the latest home gadgets, she's passionate about books—you'll usually find her with her nose in a gripping thriller at the end of the working day.
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