Family first. Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip were the longest-married couple in the history of the British royal family before his April 2021 death, with many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to show for it.
The pair wed in 1947, five years before the queen ascended to the British throne. They welcomed their first child, Prince Charles, who is first in line for the throne, in 1948. Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh also share daughter Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family,” Her Majesty said of her husband in November 1997 on the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. “This and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
As the duo grew in love, so did their family. All four of their children have two kids of their own, with Anne’s son, Peter Phillips (born in 1977) and daughter Zara Tindall (1981) becoming the queen’s first grandchildren.
The Queen has continued to cater toward her family while balancing her duties as Sovereign of the United Kingdom. She is especially close with her grandsons William and Harry and has a special bond with William’s wife, Duchess Kate.
“She’s really taken Kate under her wing,” a source told Us Weekly exclusively in April 2019. “The two of them will often spend hours discussing royal life and the future of the monarchy.”
A second source said that the Duchess of Cambridge and the queen sometimes “casually catch up over afternoon tea” while other meetings include “intense one-on-one training about taking on the crown.”
When Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July 2020, she wore her grandmother’s vintage gown and diamond fringe tiara. The tiara was previously worn by both Her Majesty and Princess Anne on their wedding days.
Although Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped back from their roles as senior royals in January 2020, and have since relocated to California, Elizabeth and Philip tried to maintain their strong relationship with their grandson and his firstborn, Archie.
“The last thing Elizabeth wants is for Harry to feel estranged from his family,” a source told Us in March 2020. A second source added that Harry “feels terrible about hurting his grandmother, whom he adores” because of his family’s decisions. A third source revealed in February 2021 that the queen FaceTimes with Archie and is “desperate” to give him a hug.
Scroll down for a look at four generations of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal family tree.