Fans Are Surprised That The Queen Reportedly Has A Favorite Grandchild

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Queen Elizabeth II was beloved by her people and her family. The Queen had four children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She has an eclectic group of grandchildren, including full-time royals, royals who have other employment, those who are parents, and those who are still children. If the Queen had been asked who her favorite grandchild was, she almost certainly wouldn't say. Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren include William, Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise Windsor, and James.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926. She began reigning as Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms on February 6, 1952. 

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Elizabeth ruled thirty-two sovereign states and reigned for more than seventy years. Her reign was the longest of any British monarch, and she was often referred to as a glamorous "fairytale Queen."

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Daughter - Princess Anne

The Queen's only daughter, Princess Anne, was born in 1950. Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips and had two children, Peter Phillips, and Zara Tindall. She performs official duties on behalf of King Charles and attends engagements. 

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She is one of the busiest royals, having attended around five hundred events in one year. Anne is also known for recycling her wardrobe, sometimes wearing the same outfits more than thirty years apart.

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Son - King Charles

The Queen's oldest son, Charles, was born in 1948 and was named Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. Charles served in the British Royal Navy, retiring in 1976. 

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He married Diana Spencer, and the couple had two children, William and Harry. They were later divorced, and Charles is now married to Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles became King Charles III after the death of Queen Elizabeth.

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Son - Prince Andrew

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's third child, son Prince Andrew, was born in 1960. He also served in the British Royal Navy and married Sarah Ferguson. The couple welcomed two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. 

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The couple later divorced, and Andrew has been involved in several scandals. He was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages, and he could no longer use the "His Royal Highness" title or attend any public event as a royal.

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Son - Prince Edward

The Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, was born in 1964 and has been referred to as the couple's "most charming and sensitive son." In 1999, he married Sophie Rhys-Jones, and the two became the Earl and Countess of Wessex. 

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They have two children, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. They chose not to give their children HRH titles. Edward has taken on many of the late Duke of Edinburgh's patronages and responsibilities since his father's death.

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Grandchild - Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips is Queen Elizabeth's oldest grandchild and is the son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips. Peter is seventeenth in the line of succession to the British throne and currently works as a managing director for SEL UK, a sports management company. 

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He and his wife, Autumn, are separated, but they have two children together, Savannah and Isla. Peter was never given a royal title because Princess Anne refused the titles when her children were born.

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Grandchild - Zara Tindall

Zara Tindall is Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter and the only daughter of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Philips. She is a skilled equestrian, as a love of horses runs in the family. 

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Zara and her husband, Mike Tindall, have three children: Mia, Lena Elizabeth (named after the Queen), and their son Lucas Philip. She is twentieth in the line of succession to the British throne.

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Grandchild - Prince William

Prince William is the Queen’s grandson and is the oldest son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana. He is a full-time working royal, continuing to attend engagements. Prince William is Heir to the throne and is married to Catherine Middleton. 

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The couple has three children together: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. William served with the Blues and Royals and as a full-time pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. 

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Grandchild - Prince Harry

Prince Harry is the Queen’s grandson and is the youngest son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana. Harry married Meghan Markle and after welcoming their first child, son Archie, they made the decision to step back from their working royal roles. 

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The couple moved to California and launched a new non-profit, and production company, called Archewell. In 2021, they welcomed their second child, daughter Lilibet Diana. 

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Grandchild - Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice is the Queen’s granddaughter and is the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. She is a non-working royal, who has pursued a career in the business world. 

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She married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020 and had her first child, daughter Sienna Elizabeth. She was given her middle name as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth. Beatrice is ninth in the line of succession to the British throne. 

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Grandchild - Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie is the Queen’s granddaughter and is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. She is also a non-working royal, working outside the palace. She has established a career in the art world.

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She is married to Jack Brooksbank, and the couple welcomed their first child in 2021, a son named August. Eugenie is now eleventh in the line of succession to the British throne. 

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Grandchild - Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louis Windsor is the Queen’s granddaughter and is the oldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex. She is fifteenth in the line of succession to the British throne. 

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She was born with esotropia, a condition of the eyes, and has had several surgeries to correct it. Initially, she didn’t know that her granny was the Queen and stated that it was a bit of a shock to her system when she found out. 

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Grandchild - James, Viscount Severn

James, Viscount Severn, is the Queen's youngest grandchild and is the youngest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex. James is not seen often, other than a few family appearances. His mother, Sophie, stated, "For their sakes, to grow up as normally as possible, we felt was quite important." 

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He is fourteenth in the line of succession to the British throne. James did make an appearance at the memorial service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth's funeral and vigil.

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Great Grandchildren

Queen Elizabeth II also has twelve great-grandchildren. Savannah and her younger sister, Isla Elizabeth, are Peter and Autumn's children. Prince William's three children are Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. 

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Zara Phillip's three children are Mia, Lena, and Lucas. Prince Harry's two children are Archie, and Lilibet Diana. Also, Princess Eugenie's son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, and Princess Beatrice's daughter Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.

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The Patron's Lunch

Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Peter Phillips founded The Patron's Lunch. It is an event that gives the British and Commonwealth public a chance to honor and thank Her Majesty for her commitment to others. In addition, it is to inspire communities the length and breadth of the nation to do the same. 

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It is a not-for-profit event that raises money for the charitable fund, The Patron's Fund. The Patron's Fund will support charitable organizations within the UK and across the Commonwealth.

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Peter Wrote An Article For The Daily Telegraph

In 2016, Peter Phillips wrote an article for The Daily Telegraph. It started with, "In this landmark year for the Queen, I thought it high time her lifetime's unbroken service was acknowledged. I've always been very close to my grandmother, and we speak often. She has been an inspirational person throughout my life, so to be able to do something like this for her is an honor."

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"As a child, I would attend charity events with my parents in school holidays, but as I've grown older, the sheer number of causes of which the Queen is patron has become clear. So, too, has her commitment to every one of them, and that's an extraordinary achievement. It may often go unnoticed, but almost every time the Queen appears in public, it is in order to support one of these organizations in her role as patron. And that astonishing work ethic has filtered down to the rest of my family, including her grandchildren."

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Royal Titles

All of Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren are entitled to use royal titles, but not all of them do. Only about half of them use their prince or princess titles. However, Princess Anne wasn't entitled to give her children royal titles because of an archaic rule which stipulated only grandchildren of a male monarch were entitled to them. 

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The Queen gave her daughter permission to use royal titles for her children, but she declined. Princess Anne and Prince Edward's children do not use royal titles.

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Line Of Succession

In the royal family, there is a line of succession, and it determines who will become the next King or Queen. After Queen Elizabeth II's death, Charles became King. 

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The line of succession has now been altered and is now: Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice.

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Over The Years, Members Of The U.K. Press Have Criticized Almost Everything About Beatrice And Eugenie

The U.K. press has criticized pretty much everything about and surrounding Beatrice and Eugenie throughout the years. They have criticized their love of foreign holidays and their fashion sense. Palace insider said, "Being role models has always been a hard one for them to deal with, and being criticized for their weight, fashion, and work lives has always been hard for them to swallow. But in the last couple of years, both girls have come around to the fact they're women now, and they can do a lot of good with their status."

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However, both Beatrice and Eugenie have used the press to their advantage, and both have non-royal jobs. Beatrice stated, "We are the first. We are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we're also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye."

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The Queen Mother Reportedly Adored Prince Charles More Than Any Of His Siblings

It was often reported that the Queen Mother adored Prince Charles more than any of his siblings and that the feeling was mutual. It appeared that Charles got along better with his grandmother than he did with his mother. 

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It was the Queen Mother who insisted that Elizabeth not send Charles to the remote boarding school Gordonstoun. She told Elizabeth that she and Philip needed to be a part of their children's lives.

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The Royals Tend To Get Each Other Gag Gifts At Christmas Time

During the holidays, all members of The Royal Household received Christmas presents from the Queen, and she personally handed them out. The family traditionally spends Christmas and New Year at Sandringham House, and they would often get each other gag gifts at Christmas time. 

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One year Harry bought the Queen a shower cap that read, "Ain't life a b***h." Elizabeth is said to have thought that the item was hysterical.

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Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Place Was Balmoral Castle In Scotland

Family members have stated that Balmoral Castle in Scotland was Queen Elizabeth II's favorite place. The castle is the private property of the monarch and was the summer residence of the Queen, who died there on September 8, 2022. 

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Princess Eugenie said, "I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands. Walks, picnics, dogs, a lot of dogs, there's always dogs! And people coming in and out all the time."

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The Queen Let Her Grandchildren Have Fun When They Were Young

Queen Elizabeth II was known for being a loving grandma and would allow her grandchildren to have fun when they were young. 

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Peter stated that when they were young children, there was a lot of space for them to run around in. He said there were quite a few of them, and they always had fun. He also said they caused quite a bit of mayhem and chaos.

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The Scandal Involving Peter's Wedding To Canadian Consultant Autumn Kelly

In 2008, Peter caused a huge scandal involving his wedding to Canadian consultant Autumn Kelly. He had a deal with Hello! magazine that involved him giving them access to photos from his wedding without the Queen's approval. 

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She was reportedly very upset about it, as were William and Harry. William was sour about it because it was the first chance for his girlfriend, Kate Middleton, to meet the Queen. Harry's girlfriend at the time was also in the photos.

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Peter Would Be Far From The First Grandchild Of The Queen's To Cause A Royal Incident

Peter was not the only grandchild that caused a royal incident throughout the years. Prince Harry was often known as the wild child when he was younger and even wore a Nazi uniform to a costume party in 2005. Harry stated, "I phoned Willy and Kate, and asked what they thought. Nazi uniform, they said. They both howled. Worse than Willy's leotard outfit! Way more ridiculous! Which, Again, was the point." 

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He later said the decision was "one of the biggest mistakes of my life." He said he "felt so ashamed afterward. All I wanted to do was make it right." Harry recently caused a scandal again in 2020 when he and his family stepped back from royal life and moved to the United States. Several of the Queen's grandchildren have been responsible for headlines over the years.

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The Queen Was Known For Her Love Of Corgis

It is well known that Queen Elizabeth II loved her corgis. She actually owned more than thirty corgis throughout her life. In addition, she actually bred the first dorgi when her sister Princess Margaret's dachshund got together with one of the Queen's corgis. 

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She also owned a couple of dorgis named Candy and Vulcan, who died in 2020. There were always several corgis running around the castle. The corgis always went where the Queen went, including on trains, helicopters, and limousines. The Queen even hung a Christmas stocking up for each corgi and there was a special corgi room where they had wicker baskets lined with cushions to keep draughts away. 

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Elizabeth Met Philip When She Was Just Eight Years Old

Elizabeth met Philip at Prince George and Princess Marina's wedding when she was only eight years old. Elizabeth stated that she fell in love with Philip when they met again at Britannia Royal Naval College. 

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The two were actually third cousins, but they began writing to each other and were engaged seven years later. Queen Elizabeth II and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, were married for seventy-three years until Philip's death in 2021.

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The Queen Had At Least 30 Godchildren

In addition to all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the Queen also had at least thirty godchildren. Among her godchildren are Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer and Princess Margaret's son David Armstrong-Jones. 

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She first became a godmother in 1945 to Guy Rupert Gerard Nevill. The Queen's list of godchildren also includes Edwina Brudenell, James Ogilvy, and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark.

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She Wasn't Born An Heir Apparent To The Throne

Elizabeth wasn't actually born an heir apparent to the throne, and for the first ten years of her life, she was a relatively minor royal. However, that all changed when her grandfather, King George V, died in 1936. 

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Elizabeth's uncle, Edward VIII, was next in line for royal succession, but he abdicated the throne so that he could marry an American socialite. He didn't have children, so his brother Albert ascended to the throne. Albert was Elizabeth's father, which made her the first in line to become Queen.

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She Started Her Day With Bagpipes Playing

Queen Victoria first started the tradition of bagpipes playing in the 1800s. She would have bagpipes played at Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Holyroodhouse, and Balmoral, Scotland. 

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When Queen Elizabeth II was at Balmoral, she was woken by a bagpiper playing under her window every morning at 7:30. The royal bagpiper would play for fifteen minutes to signify that it was time to start the day.

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When The Royal Family Is Part Of A Procession, Thy Enter And Are Seated In The Order Of Precedence

Whenever the royal family is part of a procession, they enter and are seated in the order of precedence. However, a true order of precedence really only takes shape at state and diplomatic events. 

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Since the Queen's death, the order is now King Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, and so on. The rules are much less formal at family gatherings.

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Strict Dress Code

The royals have to follow a very strict dress code, but even still, they are known for being fashionable. Princess Diana's fashion sense was functional but classy and remains popular. 

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The Queen was known for almost always wearing bright neon outfits so that she would always stand out. Kate Middleton likes different patterns and textures. They all dress modestly and for the occasion.

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Everyone Stops Eating When The Queen Does

During mealtimes, the Queen sets the pace. When she takes her last bite and puts her fork down, everyone else is required to follow her lead, even if they aren't done eating. Another rule during mealtime is that if the royals need to use the restroom, they don't announce their intentions. 

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They are to say, "Excuse me," and that is it. If they are not done eating, they cross the utensils, so the staff knows they are not done. When they are finished with their meal, they place the utensils at an angle, with the handles at the bottom right of the plate.

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The Children Have To Learn The Proper Wave

Royal children learn how to wave properly at a very young age. The Windsor wave requires that they keep the hand straight and subtly twist the wrist, making sure not to flap with the whole arm. 

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When they are really young, their wave is a bit more enthusiastic than the rest of the family's more delicate style. However, they will likely tone it down as they get older and perfect the wave.

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They Don't Keep Every Gift

The members of the royal family receive many gifts from the public. The public loves giving children presents like books and stuffed animals. However, the children might not be able to play with them and most likely won't even get to keep them. 

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The official royal policy states that any gifts received on official duty aren't the young royal's personal property because they actually belong to the Queen. She has the final say on whether the gifts are kept or donated.

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They Learn A Foreign Language

The members of the royal family are also required to learn another language. They are expected to be able to speak in foreign tongues during official visits. Their training starts when they are children. 

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Queen Elizabeth was fluent in French, and King Charles and Prince William can speak at least six languages between them. In addition, Prince Harry has spoken Arabic during a speech in Dubai.

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The Children Follow Bowing And Curtseying Etiquette

All members, even senior members, need to bow or curtsy to the Queen. The youngest princes and princesses are no exception, and they start following the rule around the age of five. 

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However, they often start learning before that, as Charlotte was already showing off her curtseying skills when she was just two years old. They not only learn that they need to bow or curtsy but they also are taught how to correctly.

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They Are Baptized In A Historic Gown

Queen Victoria was baptized as a baby in 1841, and her gown was kept and used for sixty-two more royal babies' christenings throughout the next one hundred and sixty-three years. 

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However, the original gown was retired and replaced with a replica in 2004. One of the royal rules is that every royal baby must be baptized in a gown that copies Queen Victoria's.

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Royals Don't Travel With Another Direct Heir

Another important role the royal family follows is that direct heirs to the throne, such as Prince William, who's first in line, and his son Prince George, who's second in line, don't travel on the same plane together. The reason is that they didn't want to have two heirs at risk if there was an emergency. 

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However, Prince William and Kate Middleton tend to ignore that rule with their kids. They did have to get permission from the Queen first and now from the King. William and George will be split up in planes when George turns twelve.

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She And Her Grandchildren Took Trips Together

The Queen's grandchildren talk fondly of her and say that she was just granny to them. She often went places with her grandchildren, including traveling with her son Prince Edward and her grandchildren Zara and Peter Phillips onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in 1986. 

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She would also visit her grandchildren at school, take them to museums, and even let them play on fire engines. In 2001, she even visited Prince William at RAF Valley, where he was stationed as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.

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The Queen Took Pride In Her Grandchildren's Accomplishments

It was well known that Queen Elizabeth II took great pride in her grandchildren's accomplishments. She was always supportive when it came to royal engagements as well. 

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Princess Kate said, "The most memorable engagement for me was an away day to Leicester. I went without William, so I was rather apprehensive about that. She was very supportive. The fact that she took the time to make sure I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she's doing, is a very small element; it shows just how caring she is really."

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The Queen Also Apparently Enjoyed The Company Of Her Grandchildren's Husbands And Wives

It was also obvious that the Queen enjoyed the company of her grandchildren's husbands and wives. Meghan and Kate have always fondly spoken about how welcoming the Queen was to them. 

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Meghan stated in an interview that it was great to meet her as the Queen but also as just a granny. It was obvious that family was always very important to Queen Elizabeth.

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The Duke Of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was Queen Elizabeth's husband and served as the British monarch's consort. He was the longest-serving royal consort in history. Many stated that the Queen and Duke had a strong marriage, and the Queen referred to Prince Philip as her "constant strength and guide." 

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When asked about her grandpa, Eugenie replied, "I think grandpa is incredible. He really is strong and consistent. He's been there for all these years, and I think he's the rock, you know, for all of us."

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The Queen Spoiled Her Grandchildren Roten

Kate Middleton had stated that the Queen liked to spoil her grandchildren when they stayed at one of her homes. Kate said that she would leave a little gift or something in the children's rooms. 

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Prince Harry also revealed that the Queen bought little Archie a waffle maker so that he could have waffles every morning. She was known for doting on all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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She Loved Having A Cuddle With Her Grandchildren

Harry also revealed that his grandmother loved giving her great-grandchildren a cuddle when she met them. 

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Following the Queen's death, Harry stated, "Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings. From my earliest childhood memories with you to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren."

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She Put Her Family At Ease With Her Presence

It would be very easy to feel uncomfortable or nervous around your grandmother if she were also Queen. However, Elizabeth always made her family feel at ease around her, including her grandchildren's significant others. 

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Meghan Markle visited Cheshire with the Queen, and the pair seemed very much at ease in each other's presence. The Queen was seen smiling and joking with Meghan.

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She Occasionally Broke Royal Protocol For Them

The Queen was even known to occasionally break royal protocol for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of those moments was between her and Prince Harry. 

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She attended the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst back in 2006. She walked past Harry while grinning; Harry was one of the cadets in the regiment. Harry also struggled to keep a straight face when his granny walked by.

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She Had Several Affectionate Nicknames

Queen Elizabeth had many affectionate nicknames throughout her life. Prince William and Kate both said their children affectionately called her "Gan-Gan," and Prince William and Harry called her "Granny." 

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When Prince William was younger, he called the Queen "Gary" because he couldn't pronounce granny yet. It caused confusion during an incident where William called out for Gary after he fell, wanting the Queen to comfort him.

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Peter Phillips Is The One Whom The Media Sometimes Refers To As "The Queen's Favorite"

To answer the question about which grandchild was the Queen's favorite, the media claimed her favorite was Peter Phillips. He is the oldest grandchild and son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips. Peter doesn't have a royal title but has always said he had an extremely happy childhood and was close to his grandmother. 

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In an interview, he said, "We had great fun growing up on our holidays, going to stay with her at Sandringham, Balmoral, and Windsor. And we were incredibly lucky to be able to share a lot of our childhood time with her."

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