Inside Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship with her grandchildren

Queen Elizabeth II was a monarch and a mother, but her list of special titles didn’t stop there.

For one lucky bunch, she was affectionately nicknamed Granny. Grandmother of eight children and great-grandmother of 12 others, Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy extends far beyond the four children she welcomed with her late husband Prince Philip: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. As the world mourns the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on September 8 at age 96 after 70 years on the throne, the bond she shared with future generations of her family has not gone unnoticed.

The tributes pouring in echo many of the comments his grandchildren have publicly shared about him over the years, including the future king Prince Williamwho previously praised his courage for taking on the role of a lifetime nearly seven decades ago.

“At the time, she was a woman in a man’s world stepping into what everyone thought…only a man could do. I think she really charted her own course in that direction and produced an incredible amount of courage to do the job and take over,” said William Katie Couric in 2012. “She doesn’t let anyone or anyone down in the process. There’s such scrutiny in the work that I think you have to be very, very careful how you chart your path, but she has it. brilliantly done.”


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