Queen Elizabeth has been on the British throne for almost seven decades, with no signs of slowing down. She has done lots of things during her reign, with her most important achievement by far being her family. She has four children-Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. From them, she has eight grandchildren, and astonishingly eight great-grandchildren. Four generations of the royal family are alive at the moment.
She is grandmother to, most importantly, Prince William and Prince Harry, Prince Charles’ two children.
Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips are her oldest grandchildren, being the children of Princess Anne.
Prince Andrew has two daughters from his marriage to Sarah, Duchess of York, those being Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Prince Edward, her youngest son, has two children as well, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Elizabeth was born in 1926, as the elder child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, later referred to as the Queen Mother. She had the title of Princess up until her coronation in 1952.
Her full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, sharing the first name with her mother. Her middle name, Alexandra, is in honour of her paternal great-grandmother, Alexandra of Denmark, who passed away shortly before her birth. The name Mary was chosen as a tribute to her paternal grandmother, Queen Mary.
This is a common practice in the royal family, tacking on as many names as they want on their children in honour of other family members. And she herself has had that honour given to her multiple times. Her own daughter Princess Anne’s full name is Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, born in 1950. Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips’ (now Tindall) full name is Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips, who in turn named her daughter Lena Elizabeth Tindall.
Prince Andrew, her second youngest son, named his firstborn Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary.
When Princess Charlotte was born in 2015, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first daughter, she was also given not one but two important names as a tribute. As a nod to her great-grandmother, her middle name is Elizabeth, followed by Diana in honour of her father’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Despite not being a member of the royal family before marrying Prince William, in a stroke of luck, Kate Middleton also has the middle name of Elizabeth. That makes great-grandmother, mother and daughter all having the name Elizabeth.
The name Elizabeth has always held significance for the royal family, way before the reign of this Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth, I was Queen from 1558 to 1603, despite being the youngest daughter of King Henry VIII. She had one of the longest reigns of a Queen, as well as one of the most glorious in British history, with that age being called Elizabethan age. Elizabeth I was often referred to as Gloriana, the Virgin Queen or Good Queen Bess, and is considered one of the nation’s best monarchs to date.
The longevity of reign must go with the name, so perhaps the third Elizabeth will rule forever.