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Queen Elizabeth II's Familial Legacy

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles about the royals.

2012 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

2012 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen of the People

Queen Elizabeth II was known for her 70 years of service to her country. She was given numerous titles and honors before and during her reign. Here are a few of her major titles. Her Regnal titles are too many to list here.

  • April 21, 1926–December 11, 1936: Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York (at her birth)
  • December 11, 1936–November 20, 1947: Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth
  • November 20, 1947–February 6, 1952: Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, and Baroness Greenwich
  • February 6, 1952–September 8, 2022: Her Majesty The Queen

All of those titles describe her important roles to her country, but she was affectionately called "Granny" and "Gan-Gan by her grandchild and great-grandchildren.

British Royal Family Top Row (L-R):  Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince Edward Bottom Row (L-R): Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip

British Royal Family Top Row (L-R): Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Prince Edward Bottom Row (L-R): Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II: Marriage and Children

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria. That did not keep them from falling in love when Elizabeth was only 13 years old and Prince Philip was 18. They corresponded through letters, becoming engaged in July 1947 when she was 21.

It was a controversial engagement and not universally approved. Some people didn't think Philip was good enough for Elizabeth because of his foreign origin and lack of financial standing. Initially, Elizabeth's mother had reservations about the couple's engagement, but she did not keep them from marrying.

Before their marriage, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles and took the surname of his mother's British family to become Philip Mountbatten. Elizabeth and Philip were married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey. They remained married for 73 years until Philip's death on April 9, 2021.

The couple began having children right away. Charles was born on November 14, 1948, just one year after his parents were married. Anne, the only daughter, was born on August 15, 1950. There was almost a ten-year gap before Andrew was born on February 19, 1960, and the last child was Edward, who was born on March 10, 1964.

4 Children

  • King Charles III, King of England
  • Anne, Princess Royal
  • Andrew, Duke of York
  • Edward, Earl of Wessex
L-R: George, Princess Kate, Louis, Prince William, Charlotte

L-R: George, Princess Kate, Louis, Prince William, Charlotte

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8 Grandchildren

  • William, Prince of Wales (King Charles' son)
  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (King Charles' son)
  • Prince Peter Philips (Princess Royal Anne's son)
  • Princess Zara Tindall (Princess Royal Anne's daughter)
  • Princess Beatrice (Prince Andrew's daughter)
  • Princess Eugenie (Prince Andrew's daughter)
  • Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor (Prince Edward's daughter)
  • James Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (Prince Edward's son)
Prince Harry holding Archie and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, holding Lilibet

Prince Harry holding Archie and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, holding Lilibet

12 Great-Grandchildren

  • Prince George: Prince William's son
  • Princess Charlotte: Prince William's daughter
  • Prince Louis: Prince William's son
  • Archie Mountbatten-Windsor: Prince Harry's son
  • Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor: Prince Harry's daughter
  • Savannah Phillips: Peter Phllip's daughter
  • Isla Philips: Peter Philip's daughter
  • Mia Tindall: Zara Tindall's daughter
  • Lena Tindall: Zara Tindall's daughter
  • Lucas Tindall. Zara Tindall's son
  • Sienna Mapelli Mozzi: Beatrice's daughter
  • August Brookbank: Eugenie's son
Gan-Gan, Grandpa, and the grandkids

Gan-Gan, Grandpa, and the grandkids

Gan-Gan and the Grandkids

No matter how busy Queen Elizabeth II was with her many duties for her country, she also had time for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In fact, she had a relationship with all of them in different ways.

She had a special bond with the younger royals who called her "Granny" or "Gan-Gan."

According to a 300-year-old law, Queen Elizabeth II was the legal guardian of her minor great-grandchildren. Now that she has died, King Charles III would become their legal guardian unless he changes the age-old law that is still on paper.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig said the ruling was made in the early 1700s by King George I, and the law’s never been changed. He did not have a good relationship with his own son. Therefore, he ruled that he himself would be the guardian of his grandchildren. The law was revisited and still existed in 1772 during the reign of King George III and is still enforced.

Queen Elizabeth II had the final say over how her minor grandchildren and great-grandchildren were to be raised, especially when it came to important issues concerning their upbringing, education, travel, and marriage.

The Queen used her legal rights when Prince William and Prince Harry were minors. Before Princess Diana's death, she and Prince Charles had to request permission in advance to have their sons travel with them. And even though they were not minors, Prince William and Prince Harry needed their grandmother's permission to get married.

Queen Elizabeth II waving to the crowd.

Queen Elizabeth II waving to the crowd.

The Queen Will Be Missed

Queen Elizabeth II was loved by her country and especially by her large family. She will be missed by both.

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