How Many Members of the Royal Family Are There?

The royal family has long been a source of fascination for the public. The centuries-old family dynasty exists in a very modern world, and they still abide by many of the traditions and values established hundreds of years ago.

Still, the monarchy has made great strides in the past few years, especially in the way that many people view them. Royals like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are interesting and timely enough to remain in the headlines day after day, keeping people engaged and entertained.

Keep reading to learn more about the royal family, including why people are so fascinated by them, how many royals there are, and who the most popular royals are.

Why are people so interested in the royal family?

Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family pose with veterans
Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family pose with veterans | Chris Jackson/Buckingham Palace via Getty Images

It’s no secret that Americans are fascinated by celebrity culture. Thousands of celebrity blogs and magazines relay the latest in celebrity news every day, and the popularity of reality television shows that detail the day-to-day aspects of celebrity life proves that the phenomenon probably won’t ever really slow down. The royal family has achieved that kind of popularity among many Americans, and fans follow stories about Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle just as keenly as stories about the Kardashians.

Some experts speculate that since many Americans are disillusioned with politics in the United States, reading about the British royal family provides a welcome escape. Others believe that the structure and seeming perfection of the royal family allow for some comfort and reassurance that life actually can be very simple. Whatever the reason, it is clear that it’s not just British citizens who love the royals – Americans are equally obsessed.

Who are the most popular royals?

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and has remained popular over the decades despite some inevitable ups and downs. When it comes to other members of the royal family, every so often, the British public is surveyed as to the most popular family members. Recently, a survey revealed that Queen Elizabeth II comes out in the top few, along with Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rank slightly lower in terms of popularity, for although they generate headlines almost every day, some of their actions have been deemed controversial, and there are some members of the public who don’t like them much at all. Prince Charles is consistently one of the lowest-ranking males in terms of popularity, and many have speculated that his image never quite recovered from the damaging news coverage following his split from Princess Diana in the mid-’90s. 

How many members are in the royal family?

The royal family has expanded to include many non-working royals – that is, members of the royal family who have “normal” jobs and don’t regularly perform functions on behalf of the royal family. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, are two good examples of non-working royals. Still, even non-working royals routinely lend their time and efforts to charity causes. Charity work is one of the main tenets of the royal family, and each royal typically has several different organizations that they sponsor or patronize. 

When tallied up, there are around 16 members of the royal family who use royal titles. This includes Queen Elizabeth II’s children and most of her grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis – Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children. Whatever their exact title, it is clear that the royal family will continue to hold the public’s interest for decades to come.

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