Young royals’ year of fun as Queen’s great-grandchildren take centre stage

The Queen’s large brood of great-grandchildren delighted royal fans over the year as they got up to mischief in front of the cameras.

Growing up fast, the youngest members of The Firm have been out and about at royal weddings, polo matches and equestrian competitions.

Savannah Phillips, the oldest of the monarch’s seven, and soon-to-be eight, great-grandchildren proved herself the lead instigator.

The seven-year-old enjoyed herself on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the annual Trooping the Colour celebrations, enthusiastically waving her hands around.

Trooping the Colour
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Isla Phillips on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in June (Yui Mok/PA)

Savannah, who is Peter and Autumn Phillips’s eldest daughter, also helped to comfort Princess Charlotte when the youngster got upset during the appearance.

Savannah helps the Duchess of Cambridge look after Charlotte
Savannah helps the Duchess of Cambridge look after Charlotte (Yui Mok/PA)

Savannah happily charged around with her six-year-old sister Isla and cousin Mia Tindall at the Gatcombe Horse Trials.

Mia Tindall with her cousins Savannah and Isla Phillips at the Gatcombe Horse Trials in Gloucestershire (Steve Parsons/PA)
Gatcombe Horse Trials
Savannah and Isla and their cousin Mia play at the Gatcombe Horse Trials (Steve Parsons/PA)

The Phillips sisters also had fun trying on firefighters’ uniforms at Gatcombe Park, posing together with big grins on their faces as they wore the over-sized safety helmets and jackets.

Savannah and Isla trying on firefighters clothing at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire
Savannah and Isla trying on firefighters’ clothing at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park (Steve Parsons/PA)

It was bridesmaid Savannah who had pageboy Prince George trying to stifle his laughter during Princess Eugenie’s wedding when she entertained him by pretending to play the trumpet in St George’s Chapel.

Savannah and George at Princess Eugenie's wedding
Bridesmaids and page boys, including Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arriving for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank (Yui Mok/PA)

Also among the young helpers were Charlotte, Isla, Mia and Maud Windsor – the granddaughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

George, who turned five in July, and three-year-old Charlotte had already had important roles at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.

George and Charlotte as pageboy and bridesmaid
Pageboy Prince George and bridesmaid Princess Charlotte at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Jane Barlow/PA)
Charlotte and the Duke of Cambridge leaving St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after the Sussexes' wedding
Charlotte and the Duke of Cambridge leaving St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after the Sussexes’ wedding (Jane Barlow/PA)

Bridesmaid Charlotte was seen sticking out her tongue as she arrived for the high-profile ceremony in May.

Charlotte sticking out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding at St George's Chapel
Charlotte sticking out her tongue as she rides in a car to the wedding at St George’s Chapel (Andrew Milligan/PA)

George and Charlotte had, less than a month earlier, welcomed their new baby brother Prince Louis.

The pair visited Louis in hospital, with Charlotte showing off her perfect royal wave, and the Cambridges’ third child made his debut on the steps of the Lindo Wing in Kate’s arms.

George and Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, following the birth of their younger brother, Prince Louis
George and Charlotte arriving at the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, following the birth of their younger brother, Prince Louis (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)
Newborn Prince Louis held by his mother Kate on the steps of the Lindo Wing
Newborn Prince Louis held by his mother Kate on the steps of the Lindo Wing (John Stillwell/PA)

Later in the year, the two eldest Cambridge children spent a day playing in the sunshine at the polo with the duchess in Tetbury.

Kate with George and Charlotte, as her husband William takes part in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury
Kate with George and Charlotte, as her husband William takes part in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at the Beaufort Polo Club in Tetbury (Steve Parsons/PA)
Charlotte playing on the grassy bank at the polo
Charlotte playing on the grassy bank at the polo (Steve Parsons/PA)

Meanwhile Mia, the daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall, also welcomed a new sibling – her baby sister Lena in June.

Four-year-old Mia was seen cuddling up to her ex-England rugby player father at the Celebrity Cup charity golf tournament in Newport just days after Lena was born.

Mike Tindall with his daughter Mia, during the Celebrity Cup charity golf tournament (
Mike Tindall with his daughter Mia during the Celebrity Cup charity golf tournament (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Mia Tindall eating an ice lolly
Mia eating an ice lolly with Isla at the Festival of British Eventing in Gatcombe Park in August (Steve Parsons/PA)

The gaggle of royal youngsters will now be waiting to welcome a new addition to their gang – Harry and Meghan’s first child, who is due to be born in the spring.