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Meet the Queen's Great-Granddaughter Savannah Phillips, Who Stole the Show at this Year's Trooping the Colour

Say hello to the oldest member of the youngest generation of the Windsor family.
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The Queen goes by several names: Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, and Gan-Gan. But only a select few, her six great-grandchildren, can call her by that last one. While Prince George and Princess Charlotte are certainly the most well-known of the royal babies, the oldest member of that generation of the Windsor family is actually seven-year-old Savannah Phillips, daughter of Peter Phillips, and granddaughter of Princess Anne.

Savannah stole the show at Trooping the Colour this year, laughing and clapping with Princess Charlotte and playfully telling Prince George to stop singing during the national anthem.


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Here's everything you need to know about her.

HER PARENTS ARE PETER AND AUTUMN PHILLIPS.

Princess Anne's son Peter, the Queen's eldest grandchild, met Canadian-born Autumn Kelly in Montreal in 2003. They married at Windsor Castle five years later on May 17, 2008. While Autumn was raised Catholic, she converted to and was accepted into the Church of England before the wedding.

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Peter and Autumn Phillips on their wedding day.

SAVANNAH PHILLIPS WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 29, 2010 IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE ROYAL HOSPITAL.

She is the Queen's eldest great-grandchild and Princess Anne's eldest grandchild. A statement at the time of her birth from Buckingham Palace read:

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The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Captain Mark Phillips and Autumn's family have been informed and are delighted with the news.

Her name was not immediately announced, and was first revealed publicly during a church service in Sandringham when the reverend reportedly shared a prayer for "Peter and Autumn Phillips and their daughter Savannah."

Savannah's only sister Isla was born just a few years later on March 29, 2012.


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Baby Savannah at the Gatcombe Park Horse Trials on March 26, 2011.

SAVANNAH IS CURRENTLY 14TH IN THE ROYAL LINE OF SUCCESSION.

At the time of her birth, Savannah was 12th in line to the throne, but Prince George and Princess Charlotte bumped her down the list. After the arrival of Will and Kate's third child, who is due in April, Savannah will drop to 15th in line.

While she holds a position in the order of succession, Savannah does not have a royal title. The BBC reports that children of the daughter of a monarch are not "entitled to the rank" of his or her royal highness. When Savannah's father, Peter Phillips, was born, his parents, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, declined the Queen's offer to give him a title, marking "the first child to be born to a princess without a title here for at least 500 years," reported the Washington Post.


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Savannah and Isla Phillips enjoying an ice cream with their mom in 2016.

"Princess Anne and her husband are understood to have told the queen that they felt a title would be a hindrance to the child's future career."

Since neither of her parents has a royal rank, Savannah doesn't have one either.

SAVANNAH MADE HER ROYAL BALCONY DEBUT IN 2017 ALONGSIDE HER YOUNGER SISTER.

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On the royal balcony at the 2017 Trooping the Colour parade.

The Phillips sisters were seen hamming it up with Prince George and Princess Charlotte during the annual Trooping the Colour Parade. While Isla and Savannah are seen at royal events on occasion, they reportedly live a fairly normal life in London.

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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