Who are Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren, who is her favorite and what do they call her?

Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren are often glimpsed at significant events, but who are these eight royals?

Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie, Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
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Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren regularly gather for important royal events such as Trooping the Color birthday celebrations and it's thought the monarch has a close bond with each of them. 

Queen Elizabeth is the longest reigning monarch in British history and she and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren consistently delight royal fans when they all come together for significant occasions. Sadly, this year’s Trooping the Color was a scaled-down affair due to the Covid-19 pandemic and last Christmas the traditional family gathering at Sandringham was also unable to go ahead. But whilst it might be some time since people have been given an exciting glimpse of Her Majesty’s royal relatives walking to church or waving from the Buckingham Palace balcony, many of her grandchildren continue to make public appearances. 

From Prince William and Prince Harry to new mom Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor, the Queen’s eight grandchildren might vary in age, but each of them are understood to have a wonderful relationship with their royal grandmother. 

Who are Queen Elizabeth's grandchildren?

Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips watches the racing as he attends day 3 of Royal Ascot

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Age: 43 

Birthday: November 15, 1977

Parents: Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips 

As the oldest of the Queen’s grandchildren, it might come as a surprise to some royal fans that Peter Phillips, who is 17th in line to the throne, often remains out of the royal spotlight. However, he has made several appearances at royal events over the years, including at the Queen’s official birthday parade, Trooping the Color, and Royal Ascot. More recently, Peter Phillips joined the wider Royal Family in mourning at the funeral of his late grandfather, Prince Philip. 

Here, some claimed Peter was “cleverly” separating his cousins Prince William and Prince Harry at the funeral amidst speculation about a “rift” between the brothers. Peter married Autumn Kelly back in 2008 and the couple went on to have two daughters, Savannah (10) and Isla (9), who are the eldest of the Queen’s great-grandchildren

Sadly for royal fans, Peter and Autumn announced their separation last year after 12 years of marriage and they have since finalized their divorce. The former couple are believed to have remained living in Gloucestershire as they co-parent their daughters. 

Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall attends day 3 'St Patrick's Thursday' of the Cheltenham Festival 2020

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Age: 40

Birthday: May 15, 1981

Parents: Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall has inherited her mother and grandmother’s love of horses. A skilled equestrian herself, Zara seems to have been inspired by Princess Anne’s Olympic career as she too went on to compete, securing a silver medal in the London 2012 Games. Her husband Mike Tindall, a retired professional rugby player, is a fellow sport lover and the two tied the knot in July 2011 after first meeting during England's Rugby World Cup-winning campaign in Australia in 2003. They were reportedly introduced by Zara’s cousin Prince Harry and  Zara gave birth to her and Mike's son, Lucas Philip Tindall, in March 2021. 

Lucas’ arrival makes the couple’s daughters Mia (7) and Lena (3) proud big sisters and it’s thought that their brother’s middle name was chosen in honor of their late great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. The family live at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire on the same estate that Princess Anne and her second husband Timothy Laurence make their home. 

Thought to be close to Her Majesty, Zara has previously made a sweet admission about their relationship, revealing that she rarely gets a stern look from her grandmother. 

Prince William

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, during a visit to AG Barr's factory in Cumbernauld

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Age: 39

Birthday: June 21, 1982

Parents: Prince Charles and Princess Diana 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is perhaps one of the most instantly recognizable of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren. Currently second-in-line to the throne, he is a full-time working royal and he and his wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge have remained committed to their royal duties throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, conducting many engagements over video call. 

However, they have now returned to in-person engagements and earlier this year the Duke reminisced about meeting Kate at St Andrews as they prepared to return to the place where they first met during their Scottish Tour. The couple began dating at university and married in a beautiful ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011. Though it might only seem like yesterday, this year the couple celebrated their milestone 10th wedding anniversary and shared a sweet family video with fans. 

They are the proud parents of three children, Prince George (8), Princess Charlotte (6) and Prince Louis (3). The Cambridge family are understood to have recently enjoyed a holiday with a very special connection to Princess Diana as George and Charlotte are on summer break from Thomas’s Battersea school. Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children split their time between their London home, Kensington Palace, and their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrives for the unveiling of a statue of his mother, Princess Diana

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Age: 36

Birthday: September15, 1984

Parents: Prince Charles and Princess Diana 

Once a working royal, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle decided to “step back” as senior members of the Royal Family last year. The couple married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in 2018 and have since settled in their $14 million Santa Barbara mansion with their son Archie. Recent months have been a whirlwind for the Sussexes, who have launched a number of new ventures, including their Archewell Audio Spotify podcast, and Meghan’s first children’s book, The Bench. Whilst just weeks before their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview aired in March, Prince Harry and Meghan shared the exciting news that they were expecting their second child. The couple announced the birth of their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana, in June, named after Her Majesty and the late Princess Diana. 

Shortly after her birth, Prince Harry returned to the UK to reunite with Prince William for the unveiling of a new memorial statue of their mother at Kensington Palace. It’s not yet known when Prince Harry will next join the wider Royal Family in the UK, though it’s understood that he and Meghan have been officially invited to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year. 

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle

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Age: 33

Birthday: August 8, 1988

Parents: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York 

Like many of the Queen’s grandchildren, Princess Beatrice isn’t a working royal and she has gone on to forge a career in finance and consulting after gaining a business degree from Goldsmiths in London. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic meant that her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was a quieter affair than some royal fans might have hoped, Beatrice’s special day went ahead at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor in July 2020. 

Upon their marriage, she became stepmother to Edoardo’s son from a previous relationship, Christopher ‘Wolfie’ Mapelli Mozzi. And their family is set to grow over the coming months, as Princess Beatrice announced her pregnancy with a sweet post in May. Many have speculated whether their child will have a title and it’s been suggested that their baby will, whilst Princess Eugenie’s son does not

And as they await the arrival of their little one in the autumn, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo are reportedly set to move into a $3.5m country retreat where they will soon live as a family-of-four.

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie attends day three, Ladies Day, of Royal Ascot

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Age: 31

Birthday: March 23, 1990

Parents: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

Princess Eugenie is a royal grandchild who has established a career for herself outside of the royal spotlight, working for an art gallery as an associate art director. She is often considered one of the most down-to-earth royals by fans, with some people also suggesting that she is one of her cousin Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s favorite family members. Princess Eugenie and her now-husband Jack Brooksbank even married at the same venue as the Sussexes, St George’s Chapel in Windsor. And just like her cousin Zara and Duchess Meghan, Eugenie also welcomed a child this year. 

In March, it was announced that she had given birth to a baby boy and he was later named August Philip Hawke Brooksbank in tribute to his royal relatives. Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank reside at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s former UK home, Frogmore Cottage, with their son. 

Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louise Windsor takes part in 'The Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of The British Driving Society'

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Age: 17 

Birthday: November 8, 2003 

Parents: Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

As one of the Queen’s youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor has risen to greater prominence in recent years. Now 17 years old, her love for and talent at carriage riding has seen her compete in the recent Royal Windsor Horse Show, thought to be one of the Queen’s favorite events. This year’s appearance could be seen as a tribute to her grandfather Prince Philip, making it all the more poignant.

The two royals were close and shared their love of this traditional hobby, with the Duke of Edinburgh reportedly leaving her two ponies and his riding carriage after his passing. Though Lady Louise does not currently use a royal title, she could become a Princess in a matter of months as she celebrates her 18th birthday.  

James, Viscount Severn

James, Viscount Severn takes part in the Great British Beach Clean on Southsea beach on September 20, 2020

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Age: 13

Birthday: December 17, 2007

Parents: Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex

Just like his older sister, James, Viscount Severn isn’t often seen outside of major royal events such as the Queen’s birthday celebrations. Though it is thought that a special change could be coming for him in the future, as he could one day become the next Earl of Wessex after Prince Edward. At the time of his birth, the BBC (opens in new tab) reported that his doting father described him as "very cute and very cuddly". 

 Who is the Queen’s favorite grandchild? 

Whilst it’s thought unlikely that the Queen has a favorite grandchild and she has certainly never addressed this over the years, that hasn’t stopped speculation about which one of her eight grandchildren it could be. According to Express.co.uk (opens in new tab), Peter Phillips is reportedly referred to by some as “the Queen’s favorite grandchild”, with some believing that a sign of her great affection was Her Majesty’s offer to bestow a title upon him when he was born.

Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson Peter Phillips watch the horses in the parade ring on Day 4 of Royal Ascot

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This would be a break with royal tradition, however, his parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips declined the offer. However, other people believe that her second-youngest grandchild, Lady Louise Windsor, could be one of her favorites.

As reported by The Sun (opens in new tab) in 2019, a royal insider claimed that, “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favorite grandchild, closely followed by James.”

The Queen is currently enjoying her annual summer break at Balmoral and often invites her royal relatives to visit during her stay, though it’s not known whether the Wessex family will be making the trip this year.

What do the Queen’s grandchildren call her?

It might be hard to imagine exactly what Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren call her in private, but there have been some pretty adorable reports of family nicknames over the years. The Independent (opens in new tab) reports that back at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, Prince William and Prince Harry called out, “Go Granny!” as she appeared during a video alongside Daniel Craig. Princess Eugenie has also been reported as referring to her royal grandmother as ‘Granny’ over the years. 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch a flypast of Spitfire & Hurricane aircraft from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

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Though according to Daily Mail writer Richard Kay (opens in new tab), Prince William didn’t always call her Granny. In childhood, he reportedly hadn’t learnt to say it yet and during a memorable occasion, cried out for “Gary” instead after falling over.

When a guest who is said to have gone for help asked who Gary was, the Queen allegedly replied, “I’m Gary”, before explaining, “He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.”

Whether or not this childhood nickname has faded over the years, it’s certainly a wonderful reflection of the Queen’s bond with her grandchildren.

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.