QUEEN ELIZABETH II has been on the throne longer than any other British monarch and with 93 years under her belt, the Queen has a flurry of younger family members. Here is the monarch’s favourite grandchild.
The Queen and husband Prince Philip have been married for more than 60 years. Together, the couple has four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Her children have given her a total of eight grandchildren – all of whom she loves dearly.
But as much as she adores her younger family members, Queen Elizabeth II reportedly has a favourite.
Picking a favourite grandchild may sound a little odd, but the Queen is not the first royal to do so.
In fact, the Queen’s mum, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, is said to have preferred Prince Charles, the eldest son of the Queen and Prince Philip.
Due to this, many may assume Prince William is an obvious choice as he is the future King of England.
However, this is said not to be the case.
Although he works very closely with his grandmother, and the Queen has spent much of her life mentoring him for the day he will take the throne, the Duke of Cambridge has missed out on being labelled her favourite.
The mentoring has reportedly made the nature of their relationship much more serious than it is with her other grandchildren.
E! News royal correspondent Melanie Bromley said Prince William and the Queen’s relationship is “half family and half business”.
Instead, the Queen apparently has a special place in her heart for Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Harry.
The two have been photographed laughing and joking with one another many times.
The Queen also allowed her grandchild to break tradition on Christmas two years ago, by allowing his now-wife Meghan Markle to attend the family’s Christmas Day church service before they married.
She has also supported Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan even though the former actress is a divorcee, something she did not do for Prince Charles when he married the Duchess of Cornwall.
However, there is another grandchild worth considering as the Queen’s favourite as well.
Peter Phillips, who is actually referred to as “the Queen’s favourite grandchild” is the oldest of the Queen’s grandchildren.
He is the son of the monarch’s only daughter Princess Anne but, because of a long-standing tradition, he was not born with a royal title.
However, the Queen offered to break that rule and give Peter a “courtesy title” proving she had a soft spot for him. However, his parents ended up turning down that offer.
Who are the Queen’s grandchildren?
Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren from oldest to youngest
- Peter Phillips
- Zara Tindall
- Prince William
- Prince Harry
- Princess Beatrice
- Princess Eugenie
- Lady Louise Windsor
- James, Viscount Severn