jpg With the birth of Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips on November 15, 1977, the Queen Mother became a great-grandmother for the first time. And then again in May 1981 when Peter's sister Zara arrived. After Princess Anne's two children came Prince William, and his younger brother Prince Harry, born to Charles and Diana.

Prince Andrew introduced more girls into the family - Beatrice and Eugenie - but Princess Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto has redressed the balance with sons Samuel and Arthur. The youngest of the Queen Mother's nine great-grandchildren, Lord Linley's son Charles, was born just over two years ago, on July 1, 1999.

Like any other great-grandmother, the Queen Mother would catch up with the youngsters at Easter, Christmas and birthdays, as well as on occasions such as Trooping the Colour. She was delighted when William was christened at Buckingham Palace on her 82nd birthday and advised the Prince of Wales on the upbringing of both his boys. The pride on her face was obvious as she watched the boys behave impeccably at public events.
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