And with Her Majesty now 96 and celebrating her platinum jubilee, it’s no surprise that her family has grown in the seven decades since she ascended the throne.
The Queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, married in 1947 and welcomed several children together throughout their marriage – as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
But how many children did they have?
How many children does the Queen have?
The Queen and Prince Philip had four children together. They are:
He was born Charles Philip Arthur George on November 17, 1948 – initially titled His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Edinburgh.
He was born at Buckingham Palace.
He became first in line to the throne at the age of 3 – after the death of his grandfather, King George VI, his mother Princess Elizabeth made Queen Elizabeth II.
He subsequently inherited the titles of The Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland and was installed as The Prince of Wales in 1969.
Charles served in the Royal Navy and married in 1981 Lady Diana Spencer who became Princess of Wales. Their marriage produced two sons: Prince William and Prince Harry.
Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 after years of separation. Tragically, Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
In 2005, Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles, who became the Duchess of Cornwall.
Charles and Camilla carry out official duties on behalf of the Queen while also fighting for causes close to their hearts – particularly the environment and climate change.
Charles is currently 73 years old.
Princess Anne is the Queen’s second eldest child and only daughter.
She was born Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise on 15 August 1950 – titled Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Edinburgh at birth.
Unlike her older brother, she was born at Clarence House in London.
When the Queen became monarch in 1952, Anne was then known as Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne.
Anne married Mark Phillips in 1973 and they had two children: son Peter and daughter Zara.
They divorced in 1992 and Anne married Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence – a former equerry to the Queen – that same year. They are married to this day.
Anne has been known as The Princess Royal since 1987, a title only ever bestowed on the monarch’s eldest daughter.
She is also an accomplished equestrian having competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Anne is currently ranked 17th in the line of succession.
The Queen’s third child and second son, Prince Andrew arrived a decade later.
Andrew Albert Christian Edward was born on February 19, 1960 – eight years after the Queen’s reign – and was officially titled “His Royal Highness Prince Andrew” from birth.
Andrew began a career in the Royal Navy and married Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson in 1986.
After the marriage he was created Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.
He and the Duchess of York welcomed two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, but finally divorced in 1996. The two have remained friends.
These days, Andrew is clouded by controversy over his past association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – and allegations of sexual assault by a woman named Virginia Giuffre.
In a November 2019 Newsnight interview, Andrew denied the allegations and Months later he retired from public life.
Ms Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit against Andrew in the United States in 2021, which was settled without admission of wrongdoing for an undisclosed number – believed to be in the millions.
In January 2022, the Queen stripped him of his honorary military titles and use of the “His Royal Highness” style.
He currently remains ninth in the lineup.
The Queen’s youngest child and third son is Prince Edward.
Edward Antony Richard Louis was born on March 10, 1964 – titled His Royal Highness The Prince Edward from birth.
Like siblings Charles and Andrew, he was born at Buckingham Palace.
Edward has served in the Royal Marines, owned a television company and performed official duties on behalf of the Queen.
He became The Earl of Wessex in 1999 after his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones, now known as Sophie, The Countess of Wessex. They are believed to one day become the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
The couple are still together and have two children together: James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.
Edward is currently 14th in line.
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