How Many of Queen Elizabeth II’s Children Are Divorced?
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been married for more than 70 years. Their union can be seen as a royal love story that stood the test of time, but the same can’t be said about their children’s marriages.
Here’s how many of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh’s kids are divorced and if any are still married to their first spouse.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s eldest son, Prince Charles, was born on Nov. 14, 1948.
The heir apparent married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 in what was dubbed the “wedding of
As part of the divorce settlement, Diana got to keep her apartment in Kensington Palace and still had access to the family’s private royal jets when she needed to travel. She also received a large cash sum of around $22.5 million, plus another $600,000 salary to pay for her private office.
In 2005, Charles tied the knot with his longtime love Camilla Parker Bowles. Their marriage was also the second for the Duchess of Cornwall as she was previously married to Andrew Parker Bowles, who she has two children with.
Charles’ sister, Princess Anne, was born on Aug. 15, 1950, and is the only daughter of Her Majesty and Prince Philip. Like her brother,
Anne wed Captain Mark Phillips, an Olympic equestrian and retired military officer, in 1973. They had two children together — a son, Peter, in 1977, and a daughter, Zara, four years later. Things between the couple didn’t work out and they ended up divorcing in 1992.
That same year, Anne tied the knot with her second husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, who is a retired British naval officer and former equerry to the queen. He and his wife do not have any children together but he became a devoted stepfather to Peter and Zara.
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 and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson said “I do” during a lavish ceremony in Westminster Abbey and the pair later welcomed two daughters, Princess Beatrice
As part of her divorce settlement, Ferguson reportedly agreed to be paid $20,000 a year from the royal family and given $660,000 to buy a new house. In addition, she is said to have received around $1.8 million to start trust funds for Beatrice and Eugenie as well as another $462,000 in cash and an agreement that
The youngest of Queen Elizabeth and Philip’s children is Prince Edward. He was born on March 10, 1964, and is the only one of their kids who
in 1999, Edward married Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex. Like his siblings, Edward has two children. The couple welcomed their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, in 2003, and their son, James, Viscount Severn, in 2007.
The Earl of Wessex and his wife are full-time royals who receive an annual salary via the queen’s income from the Crown Estate. Edward began carrying out several duties for his father as well after the Duke of Edinburgh retired in 2017.
Read more: Who Is Queen Elizabeth II’s Favorite Child?
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