Queen Elizabeth II had 4 children, 8 grandchildren: Her family tree

Queen Elizabeth II had only one brother, Princess Margaret. She was four years younger than the Queen and died in 2002 aged 71. About two months later, their mother, Queen Elizabeth, died aged 101.

The Queen and Princess Margaret’s father was King George VI, who used one of his middle names as his royal name – his full name was Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor. He ruled from 1936 until 1952, when he died following a lung operation. As the eldest daughter, the Queen inherited the throne from him at the age of 25.

Prior to the reign of King George VI, his brother King Edward VIII reigned for less than a year and was never crowned. He quit to marry twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson after realizing she would not have been acceptable as queen. In 1936, he abdicated from the throne and any future children he might have had were excluded from the line of succession. King Edward VIII inherited the throne from his father, King George V, grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II.

Of the Queen’s seven first cousins, four are still living: Prince Richard, Prince Edward, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael.

The Queen’s Descendants

The Queen had four children with Prince Philip: King Charles III, Princess Anne, the Duke of York, Andrew, and the Earl of Wessex, Edward, aged 58 to 73. Together they gave him eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Of the 23 members of the royal family from the succession of King Charles III, 13 of them are under the age of 15.

At 73, Charles III is the oldest British monarch to have acceded to the throne. Previously, William IV had been the oldest. He came to power in 1830 at the age of 64.

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