The British Royal family
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
The Queen was born in London on 21 April 1926 , the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, subsequently King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Five weeks later she was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the chapel at Buckingham Palace.
Her Majesty's Coronation took place in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953 . As Head of State, The Queen maintains close contact with the Prime Minister, with whom she has a weekly audience when she is in London , and with other Ministers of the Crown.
She sees all Cabinet papers and the records of Cabinet and Cabinet Committee meetings. She receives important Foreign Office telegrams and a daily summary of events in Parliament.
Her Majesty acts as host to the Heads of State of Commonwealth and other countries when they visit Britain , and receives other notable visitors from overseas.
She holds Investitures in Britain and during her visits to other Commonwealth countries, at which she presents honors to people who have distinguished themselves in public life.
As Sovereign, Her Majesty is head of the Navy, Army and Air Force of Britain. On becoming Queen she succeeded her father as Colonel-in-Chief of all the Guards Regiments and the Corps of Royal Engineers and as Captain-General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and the Honorable Artillery Company.
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Prince Philip (Mountbatten), Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich , was born Prince of Greece and Denmark in Corfu on 10 June 1921.
Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten and Princess Elizabeth were married in Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947 .
Shortly before the wedding, the bridegroom was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich with the style of His Royal Highness and appointed a Knight of the Garter by the King.
The Queen and Prince Philip had two children before (Prince Charles and Princess Anne) and two after (Prince Andrew and Prince Edward) The Queen succeeded to the throne.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who is Patron or President of some 800 organizations, has played a prominent part in many aspects of national life.
The Duke of Edinburgh accompanies The Queen on all her Commonwealth tours and State Visits overseas, as well as on tours and visits to all parts of the United Kingdom . He has also travelled abroad a great deal on his own account.
THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL
Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales will become King of England after the reign of his mother, Queen Elizabeth has ended.
The Prince of Wales is the eldest son of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was born on 14 November, 1948 and christened Charles Philip Arthur George on 15 December that year in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace .
The Prince of Wales married Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles on 9 April 2005 at a civil ceremony at the Guildhall in Windsor , followed by a service of prayer and dedication in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle .
After the wedding, Mrs Parker Bowles became known as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. When The Prince of Wales accedes to the throne, she will be known as HRH The Princess Consort © Press
THE DUKE OF YORK
The Duke of York was born on 19 February 1960 at Buckingham Palace , the second son and the third child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
He was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years.
Named Andrew Albert Christian Edward, he was known as Prince Andrew until his marriage, when he was created The Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killyleagh.
THE PRINCESS ROYAL
The Princess Royal, the second child and only daughter of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, was born at Clarence House, London , on 15 August 1950 , when her mother was Princess Elizabeth, heir presumptive to the throne. She was baptised Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise at Buckingham Palace on 21 October 1950 .
She received the title Princess Royal from The Queen in June 1987; she was previously known as Princess Anne. Her Royal Highness is the seventh holder of the title.
THE EARL AND COUNTESS OF WESSEX
The Earl of Wessex is the third son and youngest child of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. He was born on 10 March 1964 and christened Edward Antony Richard Louis at Buckingham Palace .
Upon his marriage to Miss Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, he was created The Earl of Wessex and Viscount Severn. At the same time it was announced that His Royal Highness will be given the title Duke of Edinburgh in due course, when the present title now held by Prince Philip eventually reverts to the Crown. The Earl and Countess of Wessex both carry out many engagements in support of The Queen, and on behalf of a number of organisations with which they are associated.
Their Royal Highnesses have a baby daughter, born on 8 November 2003 .