The first-born of the Queen's grandchildren was Anne's son Peter
Philips, born in 1977. He has always had a special place in
heart of both the Queen and Prince Philip, while Peter's sister Zara, five years his junior, followed in her grandmother's (and mother's) footsteps by becoming an accomplished horsewoman.
William, born in 1982, merits special attention given his likely future as King, but from christenings and graduations to airforce base visits, the Queen has always been there to support and advise both William and his brother Harry in their day-to-day lives.
In 1988 and 1990 came Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters to Andrew, the Queen's own reputed favourite. Close to both girls, Her Majesty until recently greatly enjoyed riding with them at Windsor Great Park - as she did with her youngest grandchildren, Edward and Sophie's daughter and son Louise and James, born in 2003 and 2007.