With news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement and wedding, along with Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William welcoming their third child, the British royal family has dominated the media in 2017 and 2018. The most talked-about royals have had their share of scandals throughout the years with addictions, divorce, and extramarital affairs, but these days, the Queen of England and her clan have locked down the regal living and the public’s admiration.
From Queen Elizabeth II’s 96-year old husband, Prince Philip, to Prince Charles’ younger sister, Princess Anne, meet every single member of the British royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II
In 1952, when she was just 25 years old, Queen Elizabeth II became the Queen of England. This was never supposed to be in the cards for the long-ruling monarch. She got her crown after he father, King George VI, passed away, but he only became King after his elder brother King Edward VIII, abdicated the crown in 1936.
Queen Elizabeth has ruled for nearly 70 years, and though she has had some rough patches, she has sought to make the crown more modern and hip with the times. She has been married to her husband Prince Philip since 1947, and they have four children together. Her eldest son, Prince Charles, will probably step in to become king in the coming years.
A gorgeous account of Queen Elizabeth’s early years can be seen on the hit Netflix series, The Crown.
Next: The former Prince of Greece and Denmark
The Duke of Edinburgh has been at Queen Elizabeth’s side since 1947. The 96-year-old is actually a distance cousin of the queen’s and was initially a Prince of Greece and Denmark. Prince Philip had a sordid childhood that included a mentally ill mother, a father who abandoned his family for his French mistress, and a pair of Nazi sisters.
Born Philip Mountbatten, he was a Naval man and the Captain-General Royal of Marines until he officially retired from public life in Aug. 2017. The prince is known for having a slight temper, and no filter at all. He once told a 13-year-old boy who wanted to become an astronaut: “You could do with losing a little bit of weight.”
Nevertheless, he’s still pretty legendary.
Next: The future King of England
The future King of England is Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s eldest child. Prince Charles of Wales was very much in the center of the public’s imagination in the 1980’s and 1990’s during his tumultuous marriage with the late Princess Diana.
Since Princess Diana was so beloved, and stories of Prince Charles’ infidelity were widely known, he became the villain during their divorce. In the recent years, aside from marrying his wife Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall in 2005, Prince Charles has stayed relativity under the radar. His sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, have stepped into the spotlight more and more.
Next: The second highest ranking British woman.
Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles
Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Charles, finally married his long-time love Camilla Parker Bowels in 2005, making her the Duchess of Cornwell. The 70-year-old is the highest ranking British woman after the queen. Though Parker Bowles technically could use the title Princess of Wales, she does not use the title because Princess Diana used it. The duchess was previously married to Andrew Parker Bowles until 1995, and she has two children, a son and a daughter.
Though Prince Charles dated and wanted to marry Parker Bowles in the early ’70s, she was thought to be unsuitable for the future King of England. It has been confirmed that they maintained their affair throughout their respective marriages.
Next: A former rescue pilot who married his college sweetheart.
The 35-year-old Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is the firstborn son and child of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. He is also second in line to be the King of England after his father. Prince William was just 15 years old when his mother died in 1997, and it affected him profoundly.
He worked as an RAF search and rescue pilot as well as a co-pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The prince attended St. Andrews University, where he met his wife, Kate Middleton. The pair has three children together, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.
Next: A former art buyer and fashion icon.
The now-Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, met Prince William in 2001 at St. Andrews University. The fashion icon was studying art history. After graduation, she went on to become an art buyer where she worked until her marriage to the prince in 2011.
Over the years, the beloved duchess has had to battle with the paparazzi and press, even receiving monetary damages and an apology when she unauthorized photos of her were taken and then leaked to the media. She and Prince William became engaged in 2010 during a trip to Kenya. They married on April 29, 2011.
The duchess gave birth to her third child in April 2018.
Next: The prince with the perfect Christmas wish list
William and Kate’s firstborn, George, is third in line to the throne. Born July 22, 2013, the four-year-old has started primary school and was a sheep in his first school play.
For Christmas, he asked for a toy police car. Obviously, he deserves all of the things.
Next: This princess who won’t be skipped in the succession line
The second born child and first daughter of Prince William and Duchess Kate, 2-year-old Princess Charlotte was born May 2, 2015. Princess Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne after her grandfather, father, and brother.
She probably won’t ever be queen, but the new Succession to the Crown Act of 2013 means that despite her younger brother’s brith, he won’t be able to jump over her in the succession line.
Next: The youngest little royal
Less than a month prior to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duchess Kate and Prince William gave birth to their third child, a son. His full name is Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, and he is fifth in line to the throne.
Next: The most dapper and bearded royal
33-year-old Prince Harry probably won’t ever be king, which is why he probably had a bit of a wild streak in his youth. Luckily, the red-headed prince has gotten wiser and calmed down since then. He served in the British armed forces for over a decade and even saw active duty in Afghanistan twice.
He retired from the Army in 2015 and now focuses on charitable work including the Invictus Games for injured members of the armed forces. He married American actress Meghan Markle, on May 19, 2018, and was given the title Duke of Sussex.
Next: The newest member of the Windsor clan
Actress Meghan Markle became a royal after a whirlwind romance with Prince Harry. The Duchess of Sussex was best known for her role as Rachel Zane on the long-running USA drama, Suits.
However, after being set up with the prince in the summer of 2016, her life changed forever. American, mixed-race, and previously married, Markle is an unlikely candidate for a royal wife. Her union with Prince Harry would have been unheard of even just a few decades ago.
However, the charming actress has won over everyone, and their wedding was a delightful event.
Next: The woman known as the Princess Royal
Born in 1950 and the second child born to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Anne is not in line for the throne. Since she is a woman, the line skipped to her brother, Prince Andrew, who was born after her. (That rule changed in 2013.)
She was officially given the title, Princess Royal in 1987. Princess Anne has been married twice, and she even competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics in equestrian events.
She has two children with her ex-husband Mark Phillips, Peter, and Zara.
Next: The first child born to a reigning monarch in over 100 years
Though Prince Andrew is the queen’s third child, he was the firstborn of a monarch in 103 years. The Duke of York was married to Sarah Ferguson until 1996. The couple is still sort of a couple and has two children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The duke served for 22 years in the Royal Navy. He was also a special trade representative for the government until 2011.
Next: The last of the queen’s four children
The last of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s children, Prince Edward was born in 1964. When he married Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, he was given the titles Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn. Prince Edward used to serve in the Royal Marines and now owns his own TV company.
The prince has two children: Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Next: The royal who turned his heritage into a business
The 2nd Earl of Snowdon, David Armstrong-Jones, known professionally as David Linley, is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth’s late sister, Princess Margaret. He is currently 11th in line for the throne. He has a son, Charles Armstrong-Jones, who was born in 1999 and a daughter, Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, born in 2002.
The 56-year-old is former chairman of the auction house, Christie’s U.K.
Next: The queen’s favorite person
Lady Sarah Chatto
The second child born to the late Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong Jones, Lady Sarah is married to husband Daniel Chatto. She has two sons, Samuel and Arthur Chatto.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly adores her niece, and they are extremely close.
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