Queen Elizabeth the second, the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms, makes up the head of the Royal Family.
The Queen, now 95 years of age, was born in Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926 as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. After King Edward VIII abdicated the throne, the Queen’s father King George took his place in 1936 which made Queen Elizabeth the second the heir to the throne. She had one sibling, her sister Princess Margaret the Countess of Snowdon who passed away in 2002, aged 72.
Her Royal Highness got married to the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 and was married to him for 74 years until he passed last year in 2021. They had four children together.
Who is Princess Anne?
The Princess Royal Anne, 71, is the second child and only daughter to the Queen.
She was born on 15 August 1950 and has been Princess Royal ice 1987. She was educated at Kent’s countryside boarding school, the Benenden School from 1963 to 1968.
Anne was first married to British equestrian Mark Philips, now 73, for 19 years from 1973 then married navy officer Timothy Laurence, now 66, from 1992.
She shares two children with Mark Phillips, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. Equestrian and Olympian Zara, 40, is married to former rugby player Mike Tindall, 43 and share three children together, Mia Grace, aged 8, Lena Elizabeth, 3, and ten-month-old Lucas.
Meanwhile businessman Peter, 44, got married to Autumn Kelly in 2008 then split up last year in 2021. They share two children together, Savannah, 11, and Isla, 9.
Who are the Queen’s sons?
The Queen has three sons: Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The Prince of Wales, Charles, 73, is next in the line of succession to the throne after his mother and is also known as the Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay. Charles is now married to Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, after his first marriage to Princess Diana. He has two sons, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne, and Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex. William, 39, is married to Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, and have three children together, Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3. Harry, 37, is married to Meghan the Duchess of Sussex , 40, and they share two children, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, 2, and eight-month-old Lilibet Diana.
Prince Andrew, 61, is known as the Duke of York and was previously married to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York before they separated in 1996 after 10 years together. They have two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie of York who are both married with children of their own. Beatrice, 33, is married to property developer Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, and they share four-month-old daughter Sienna Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Eugenie, 31, is married to bar manager and brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank, 35, and share one-year-old son August Philip.
The Earl of Wessex, Edward, 57, is the youngest child of the Queen. He is married to Sophie the Countess of Wessex and they have two children together, Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James Viscount Severn, 14.
Who is the Queen’s favorite child?
There are no facts to say who is the Queen’s favourite, or that the monarch has one, yet there have been numerous reports on the Queen’s favorite child being the second son Prince Andrew.
Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell said in the documentary, The Royal Family at War: “Andrew has always been the Queen’s favorite son and he has never done anything wrong in her eyes.”
Prince Andrew was a Royal Navy helicopter pilot in the Falklands Wars so it is thought that he was considered a hero and from then on, the golden boy of the family.