How Many Children Do Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Have and How Old Are They?
When we think of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip‘s children Prince Charles immediately comes to mind. Through the years he has gotten so much coverage in the press over his siblings that many people aren’t even aware of how many he actually has or who they are.
Some may be able to name one brother thanks to his marriage to Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson and the amount of media attention she brought to the royal family in the ’80s, and the early ’90s with her toe-sucking scandal. If you’re hard-pressed though to name any others you’re not alone. Even if you’re more of a royal expect and can name each of them but are just curious about their ages read on.
This is how many children Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have and how old they are.
Charles, Prince of Wales
Prince Charles is, of course, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and the heir apparent to the British throne.
Her Majesty gave birth to him on Nov. 14, 1948. Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 and they had two children of their own, Prince William in 1982 and Prince Harry in 1984. He and Princess Diana divorced in 1996, one year before her tragic death. In 2005, Charles tied the knot with his longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles.
He is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history as well as the longest serving Prince of Wales; a title he’s held since 1958.
Anne, Princess Royal
Charles’ sister, who you may or may not have heard of, is Princess Anne. She was born on Aug. 15, 1950, and is the only daughter of Her Majesty and Prince Philip.
The Princess Royal married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 with whom she had two children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall. Things between the couple didn’t work out and they ended up divorcing in 1992. Anne got remarried that same year to Timothy Laurence.
The princess has a reputation for attending more engagements than any other royal. In fact, she was named the hardest-working member of the royal family in 2018 as well as 2017 and 2016.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Next to Charles, Prince Andrew is the most famous of the queen and Prince Philip’s children.
After the birth of Princess Anne, Elizabeth II and her husband waited over a decade to have another child and on Feb. 19, 1960, Andrew was born. The Duke of York followed in his older brother’s footsteps and had a grand, televised wedding in 1986. He wed Sarah Ferguson in a lavish ceremony in Westminster Abbey and the pair later welcomed two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
During the course of their marriage, Andrew and Fergie made front page news for some pretty scandalous reasons and divorced in 1996. However, they have maintained a close relationship to this day. In fact, their unwavering support and kindness towards one another has many believing (or at least hoping) that they will get back together one day.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Finally, we have Prince Edward, who some may call the forgotten royal. The queen and Philip’s youngest son is so under the radar that many people don’t even know he exists. But yes, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband have four children.
Edward was born on March 10, 1964. In 1999, he married Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex. He is the only one of the queen’s children still married to their first spouse. Like each of his siblings though Edward has two children. He and his wife welcomed their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, in 2003, and their son, James, Viscount Severn, in 2007.
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