A look at Queen Elizabeth II with her grandkids and great-grandchildren

Queen Elizabeth II was known as Her Majesty to the outside world, but to the youngest members of her family, she was just "Granny."

The queen had eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren when she passed away at the age of 96.

When the queen celebrated her 60th year on the throne in 2012, Princess Beatrice, a granddaughter of the monarch, told ABC News that "Thinking big about Granny's quite easy because she's this incredibly passionate lady who has sort of transcended every generation." "And we're very lucky that not only do we think about her as an incredible queen, and an incredible leader, but also as an incredible grandmother," Princess Beatrice added.

When Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips was born in 1977, Elizabeth, who had four children with the late Prince Philip, first became a grandmother.

Over the following three decades, she welcomed seven additional grandchildren: James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, Zara Phillips Tindall, Princes William and Harry of Wales, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York, and Princes William and Harry of Wales.

She also became the great-grandmother of 12, including Lilibet, the daughter of Prince Harry, who made history by becoming the first of the queen's great-grandchildren to be born outside of the United Kingdom.

Despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the royal family, her grandkids claim that behind the palace gates, she was just like any other grandma.

She enjoys having her time to do that because it's the time when we can all just sort of hang out together and it's pretty pleasant, said Princess Beatrice. "She loves those little times where we can be just us, a very little family, just doing simple things like playing cards or whatever we do."

Princess Eugenie, Beatrice's sister, stated, "We look up to her like any grandchild would to their grandmother, with a little additional something," to ABC News in 2012.

Elizabeth was observed interacting with Prince Louis, the youngest child of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the annual Trooping the Color in June. Prince Louis is 4 years old.

The example the queen set for them with her feeling of responsibility and dedication to the nation has also been mentioned by the queen's grandchildren.

Prince William remarked in 2012 that she "provided a wonderful example to me, to others, to follow her leadership, her duty, her sacrifice, her selflessness, and her love of country." "I believe they really, truly show through," he continued.

Prince Harry, who served in the British military like his brother William, said he had always regarded his grandmother as his commander in chief.

She was my supervisor for 10 years, and I saw her very much in that light because of my time in the military and the immense respect I have for her, not just as a grandma, Harry said to "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts in 2016.

The prince subsequently remarked, "It's extremely good because I can go to her for guidance and bend her ear with all the experiences she's had," in reference to his connection with the queen.

Here are 10 special occasions the queen had with her great-grandchildren and grandkids.

1. A portrait of a young Prince William taken during Prince Harry's christening

In this 1984 family photo taken at his brother's baptism, Prince William's antics caused everyone to smile. You can see Queen Elizabeth grinning in the background.

2. Enjoying yourself at a polo match

William and Harry are seen watching a polo match in this 1987 photo of Elizabeth talking to her grandsons.

3. Reading aloud to the monarch

Zara Tindall, the eldest granddaughter of the queen and the daughter of Princess Anne, reads aloud to the monarch when she was a small girl in 1987.

4. Grandmotherly scrutiny

In this image, Prince Harry manages to contain his laughter as Queen Elizabeth examines soldiers at Sandhurst Military Academy during the Sovereign's Parade.

5. strolling with the monarch

After Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015, little Prince George was photographed by his great-grandmother as he was leaving the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.

6. The Invictus Games were a blast.

When former president Barack Obama and former first woman Michelle Obama urged Harry to compete in the Invictus Games, the queen responded, "Really? Please!" on camera, according to a tweet from Kensington Palace in 2016.

7. A shared love of horses

On June 20, 2014, at Ascot, England, the queen and Peter Phillips watch the horses at Royal Ascot.

8. Having fun surfing with the queen

After Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018, the queen's youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, join her and other family members.

9. Enjoying a garden party to celebrate

At the 2019 Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are there with their grandmother, Prince Harry.

10. Honoring her Platinum Jubilee

When Trooping the Color, which marked the beginning of the queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration on June 2, 2022, began, the queen showed that she was a good sport by standing close to Prince Louis, 4, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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