Meet Queen Elizabeth’s Great-Grandchildren, From Oldest to Youngest

With the birth of Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the Queen gained her eleventh great-grandchild. Here’s what we know about Lilibet, her brother, and the cousins that make up this new generation of young royals.

Although Queen Elizabeth II lost her beloved husband Prince Philip in April, 2021 has also seen some happy new arrivals to Her Majesty’s family, including three great-grandchildren. The newest addition was announced on June 4: a baby girl, Lilibet Diana, born to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

While a few of the Queen’s great-grandchildren have royal titles and are in the top five spots in the line of succession, most are expected to lead regular lives and pursue their own careers when they grow up. Regardless of whether the baby is third or twenty-third in line to the throne, the birth of a new grandchild for the Queen always attracts public attention.

Here are Queen Elizabeth’s great-grandchildren, from oldest to youngest:

Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips, born December 29, 2010

18th in line to the throne

Savannah (at rear, above) is the elder daughter of the Queen’s oldest grandchild Peter Phillips (the son of Princess Anne) and Autumn Kelly. Her name was revealed to the public before the official announcement when a church service on the royal estate of Sandringham included a prayer for “Peter and Autumn Phillips and their daughter Savannah.” While Savannah is a new name for a member of the Queen’s family, her middle names Anne and Kathleen honour her grandmothers, Princess Anne (the Princess Royal) and Kathleen Kelly. Savannah was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her father’s cousin Princess Eugenie in 2018 and has appeared on the balcony at Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday celebrations in the United Kingdom. Savannah’s parents, Peter and Autumn, separated in 2019.

Isla Elizabeth Phillips, born March 29, 2012

19th in line to the throne

Isla (third from right, above) is the younger daughter of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly. Born the same year as Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, her middle name honours her great-grandmother. Like her older sister Savannah, she was a bridesmaid at Princess Eugenie’s wedding and has appeared on the balcony at Trooping the Colour. Both Isla and Savannah have dual British and Canadian citizenship because their mother was born in Montreal.

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His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, born July 22, 2013

3rd in line to the throne

The eldest child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George is expected to become King after the eventual reigns of his grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William. George was the name of six previous kings including Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI.

Once Catherine’s pregnancy was announced in December 2012, there was a media frenzy, and journalists and photographers spent weeks outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London during what became known as “The Great Kate Wait” in July 2013. When George finally arrived, the news was posted on an easel outside Buckingham Palace in addition to a press release and social media posts. The bells rang at Westminster Abbey, there were 21-gun salutes across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, and Canadian landmarks including the CN Tower and Niagara Falls were lit up in blue. Commemorative coins were released with the newborn prince’s image in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

William and Catherine are protective of their children’s privacy but George has made public appearances on family occasions and joined his parents at several public engagements. He was a page boy at the 2018 weddings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. George has accompanied his parents on Commonwealth tours in the past, visiting Australia and New Zealand in 2014, and Canada in 2016 where he attended a party for military families. Perhaps his most famous public appearance took place on April 22, 2016, when he met American President Barack Obama at Kensington Palace dressed in a miniature monogrammed bathrobe. George has a close relationship with his great-grandmother the Queen, who he calls “Gangan.”

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Mia Grace Tindall, born January 17, 2014

21st in line to the throne

Mia is the eldest of the three children of Zara Phillips (the daughter of Princess Anne and a member of the silver medal winning British equestrian team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London) and Mike Tindall (a professional rugby player and sports podcaster). While Mia is not a name that has previously appeared in the royal family, King George III’s youngest and favourite daughter was named Amelia. Mia attracted worldwide attention when she was pictured holding the Queen’s handbag alongside her cousins and second cousins in photo taken by Annie Leibowitz in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Mia’s mother, Zara, is one of Prince George’s godparents and George and Mia have had playdates together.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, born May 2, 2015

4th in line to the throne

The second child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte was born the same year that succession reform came into force in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. While past generations of princesses ranked behind any younger brothers in the line of succession, the reforms made the succession gender neutral and Charlotte remained 4th in line to the throne after the birth of her younger brother, Prince Louis.

Charlotte’s first name honours her paternal grandfather Prince Charles and maternal grandmother Carole Middleton, her middle names honour her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth and her late paternal grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales. Like her brother George, Charlotte has accompanied her parents on overseas tours, visiting Canada in 2016 and has been photographed waving confidently to the crowds. Charlotte was a flower girl at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018 and her dress was the subject of a dispute between Meghan and Catherine, which attracted considerable media attention.

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His Royal Highness Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, born April 23, 2018

5th in line to the throne

The third and youngest child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Louis is the first prince not to rank ahead of an older sister in the line of succession as a result of the succession reforms introduced a few years before his birth. His first name honours Lord Louis Mountbatten, an uncle of Prince Philip who was an important mentor and “honourary grandfather” for Prince Charles. Louis is also one of William’s middle names. Both Prince Louis’s grandfather, Prince Charles, and father, Prince William, have Arthur, a classic royal name, as one of their middle names. The choice of Charles as another middle name for Prince Louis honours his grandfather. Along with his parents and siblings George and Charlotte, Louis made his first red carpet appearance in December 2020 when the family attended a pantomime at the London Palladium in honour of essential workers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lena Elizabeth Tindall, born June 18, 2018

22nd in line to the throne

Lena is the second of the three children of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall. Like her cousin, Isla Elizabeth Phillips, and her second cousin, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, her middle name honours her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth. Lena’s godparents have never been publicly confirmed but there are reports that Harry may be one them: both he and Meghan attended her christening. Lena made her first public appearance in 2019, attending the equestrian Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park with her older sister, Mia, and older cousins, Savannah and Isla.

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born May 6, 2019

7th in line to the throne

Archie is the elder child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. His name, as well as the name of the Archewell organization founded by his parents, is inspired by the Greek word “Arche” meaning “a source of action.” Archie is currently the most senior person in the line of succession without a title, though as the son of the Duke of Sussex, he is allowed to use his father’s subsidiary title, the Earl of Dumbarton.

Within his first year, he had accompanied his parents on an official tour of Malawi, Angola, South Africa and Botswana, and met Archbishop Desmond Tutu. After spending Archie’s first Christmas in Canada, Harry and Meghan stepped back from their roles as senior members of the royal family and made their family home on Vancouver Island. By March 2020, they had moved again to California. Archie made a charity appearance on his first birthday, listening to his mother read him a story in a video in support of the Save With Stories campaign for families affected by the pandemic. In March 2021, film footage of Archie playing on a California beach was released as part of Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, born February 9, 2021

12th in line to the throne

August is the son of Princess Eugenie (the daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York) and her husband, Jack Brooksbank. August was born while Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was in hospital and one of his middle names, Philip, honours his great-grandfather. The names August and Hawke each honour a great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, had August as one of his middle names, and Hawke is the name of one of baby August’s Brooksbank forebears. Although he’s only a few months old, August is already famous on Instagram as Eugenie has posted numerous photos of the baby on her account including one with a miniature sweater embroidered with his name.

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Lucas Philip Tindall, born March 21, 2021

23rd in line to the throne

Lucas is the youngest child of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall. His middle name honours his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, who died just a few weeks after his birth. While Prince Philip was born on the dining table of a Greek royal palace on the island of Corfu in 1921, Lucas Philip’s delivery was no less unconventional. His quick arrival catching everyone off guard, Lucas Philip was delivered by midwives on a gym mat on the bathroom floor of his parents’ home. Since Lucas was born after the royal succession became gender neutral in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, his two older sisters are above him in the line of succession.

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Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, born June 4, 2021

8th in line to the throne

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is the newborn daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who initially revealed they would soon be the parents of a baby girl in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7, 2021. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Lilibet, nicknamed “Lili,” is the most senior person in the line of succession to be born outside the United Kingdom. Her first name is the Queen’s childhood nickname, used within the royal family, while her middle name honours her paternal grandmother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Lilibet will not be the Queen’s youngest great-grandchild for long: Prince Harry’s cousin, Princess Beatrice (the sister of Princess Eugenie), is expecting a baby in the autumn who will be the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild.

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