It’s been said that Her Majesty was really in her element behind the scenes with one of her 13 great-grandchildren on her lap.
They say your family is your legacy, and on top of being the longest-reigning monarch in British history, the Queen has a huge legacy—four children, eight grandchildren and a literal gaggle of beautiful great-grandchildren (13 to be exact). Over the years, we’ve been treated to a measured number of family photo ops that show Her Majesty posing with her littlest family members, plus some delightfully candid moments at events like Trooping the Colour. But we’ve also gotten some sweet and often hilarious soundbites from the famously quick-witted monarch, who died peacefully at age 96 today. Over her many years, she has clearly come to accept that kids will be kids!
And there were LOTS of kids around. Her grandkids are Savannah (11) and Isla Phillips (10); Mia (8), Lena (4) and Lucas Tindall (1); Archie (3) and Lilibet (1) Mountbatten-Windsor; Prince George (9), Princess Charlotte (7) and Prince Louis (4); Siena Mapelli Mozzi (11 months); and August Brooksbank (1).
Take a look at the Queen’s best posed and candid photos with her great-grandchildren and some of our favourite stories and soundbites.
2018: Posing with Prince Philip and their then-seven great-grandchildren in a photo snapped by the Duchess of Cambridge.
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