Leicester Mercury


MARION McMULLEN looks at how the Queen has hit double figures with 10 greatgrand­children


1 The recent arrival of Lucas Philip Tindall marks the 10th great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Mike and Zara Tindall’s 8lb 4oz son arrived so quickly he was born on the bathroom floor of their Gatcombe estate house before they could get to hospital. He is thought to be the first royal baby to be born at home for nearly 60 years. 2

The couple have already given the Queen two other greatgrand­children – daughters Mia, above, and Lena, below. Fun-loving youngster Mia, who was born in 2014, has a reputation for being mischievou­s. She was just two when she had the privilege of holding her great-grandmothe­r’s classic black handbag during a portrait shoot for the Queen’s 90th birthday. 3

Princess Eugenie’s son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, is the ninth royal greatgrand­child. He was born on February 9 to the Duke of York’s daughter and her tequila brand ambassador husband Jack Brooksbank. Eugenie described their hearts as being “full of love for this little human”. 4

Future king Prince George was born in 2013 and is the oldest of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children. The sevenyear-old spent much of lockdown at their country home in Norfolk.

The prince is known to be a fan of helicopter­s and all things police-related. 5

His five-year-old middle sister Princess Charlotte is known for her confident, feisty character. Nicknamed Lottie, she shares a love of horses with the Queen and bears a resemblanc­e to her greatgrand­mother when she was a child. 6 Prince Louis was born in 2018 and joined his siblings,

George and Charlotte, when they clapped for carers during lockdown. He is fifth in line to the throne ahead of Harry and his son Archie.

All three children call the Queen “Gan Gan”. 7

Ten-year-old Savannah Phillips is the eldest royal great-grandchild. She is the daughter of the Princess Royal’s son, Peter Phillips, and his ex-wife Autumn. She was once seen pushing her cousin Prince George down a grassy bank at a polo match and also putting her hand over his mouth as the National anthem was played while they were on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping The Colour.


Her younger sister, Isla, is eight years old and was born in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year of 2012. Her middle name is Elizabeth in honour of the monarch. The Phillips sisters are not entitled to a royal title, but sometimes join other members of the family on the Buckingham Palace balcony for major events. 9

Archie Mountbatte­nWindsor was born in 2019 and lives thousands of miles away in California with his parents, Harry and Meghan. He made his broadcasti­ng debut in their new Spotify podcast in December saying “Happy New Year” in a slightly American accent. He is not actually entitled to be a prince or to have an HRH style yet because of rules set down by King George V. 10

The royal family will be expanding even further this summer when Harry and Meghan have their second child, a daughter, who will be the Queen and Philip’s 11th great-grandchild.

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