The future of the monarchy: Meet all the royal grandkids in the Queen's 90th birthday photo

By Kirstin Buick
21 April 2016

You probably recognise Princess Charlotte and Prince George -- but how many of these other royal kids do you know?

  In honour of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday today, the British Monarchy commissioned a series of beautiful photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Read more: Happy birthday, Your Majesty! A timeline of Queen Elizabeth’s extraordinary life on her milestone birthday
  One features the Queen and her daughter, Anne, Princess Royal, and another is of the Queen beaming on the steps of Windsor Castle, surrounded by her beloved corgis Willow, Vulcan, Candy and Holly.

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But the most talked-about photo features George, Charlotte, the rest of the monarch's great-grandkids and two of her grandchildren.

Read more: A life in the spotlight: 35 exquisite photos of Queen Elizabeth II

Here's who's who: From left: James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise, Mia Tindell, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Isla Phillips.

 James, Viscount Severn

Eight-year-old James is the son of Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. He lives with his sister Louise (below) and the rest of the family at the Wessex family home, Bagshot park in Surrey.

Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

Lady Louise is technically a a princess, but her parents decided to style her with the courtesy title of an Earl's daughter instead.

You may recognise the 12-year-old from William and Kate's 2011 wedding, when she was a bridesmaid.

Lady Louise was born prematurely by emergency caesarian in 2003, which resulted in her developing early sight problems – her mother Sophie once described as a "profound squint". She's thought to have had corrective surgery in 2014.

Mia Tindall

Mia is the daughter of Anne, Princess Royal's daughter Zara and rugby player Mike Tindall. Mia, who is just six months younger than George, got to hold the Queen's famous black handbag during the photoshoot.

Mia's mom Zara and her brother Peter Phillips don't have royal titles, supposedly because  their parents, cavalry officer Mark Phillips and Princess Anne, turned down offers from Anne's mother the Queen that would have led to their children being born in the aristocracy. This made Peter the first legitimate grandchild of a monarch not to have title for more than 500 years. Zara is said to be perfectly happy to be a "royal without a rank", as Daily Mail once dubbed her. "I am not a princess," she's said to say to anyone who mentions her heritage. Princess Charlotte

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, who'll turn one on 2 May, took pride of place on the Queen's lap in the adorable shot. She is fourth in line to succeed her great-granny -- or "Gan Gan", as her big brother reportedly calls the Queen.

It's not likely Charlotte will ever sit on the throne, she but recently topped the Tatler List of People Who Matter – ranking higher than the Queen and the rest of the royal family. Prince George wasn't far behind in the number three spot.

Savannah Phillips

At five years old, Savannah is her Majesty's oldest great-grandchild. Her parents Peter (Anne's son) and Canadian Autumn Phillips generally try to shield her from the limelight, although she's sometimes seen out and about with her family at various horse tournaments. However, her dad's company is organising the street party in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday, in which 10 000 poeple are set to gather at The Mall in London for a £150-a-ticket (R3000) picnic lunch in June. Prince George

What can we say about William and Kate's chubby-cheeked son that you don't already know? Upon his birth in 2013, the "naughty" two-year-old is third in line to the throne, ahead of William's brother Prince Harry (30). George, who recently started pre-school in Norfolk, also featured in a special portrait photo released earlier this week, along with his dad, grandfather Prince Charles and his Gan Gan.

Read more: ‘He was as good as gold’: adorable Prince George takes centre stage in the Queen’s 90th birthday photo

Isla Phillips

Savannah's younger sister Isla was born in 2012, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. Like her sister and cousin Mia Tindell, the three-year-old doesn't have a title.

Sources: MetroOnline, MailOnline, Hello, The Telegraph

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