How the Queen’s great-grandchildren ‘keep her going’ as she’s determined to follow royal motto

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth at HM Naval Base ahead of the ship's maiden deployment on May 22, 2021 in Portsmouth, England
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The Queen’s ten great-grandchildren are reportedly what “keeps her going” as the 95-year-old monarch remains determined to stick to her personal motto.

The Queen has reigned for 69 years and this year is a momentous one for the growing Royal Family. With Princess Beatrice’s pregnancy (opens in new tab) announced last week, the monarch is due to welcome another great-grandchild in the autumn and is “delighted” at the news. Princess Beatrice’s baby’s arrival will follow the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s second child. Whilst earlier this year Princess Eugenie gave birth (opens in new tab) to August Brooksbank and Zara Tindall welcomed her baby boy (opens in new tab), Lucas. 

Each new arrival changes the royal line of succession (opens in new tab) and the monarchy as we know it. Whilst on a personal level, the Queen’s ten great-grandchildren are reportedly what “keeps her going” as she upholds her personal motto. 

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour 2016

Writing in The Sun, royal expert Ingrid Seward claimed: “[S]he is close to them all, mentioning them in her Christmas speeches, in her letters and in conversation. In fact, her family of eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren is what keeps her going.”

Ingrid also revealed that the Queen’s great-grandchildren have an adorable nickname for her, calling her “Gan-Gan”. Whilst the monarch always makes things extra special when they come to visit her. 

“She delights in leaving little surprises in their bedrooms when they come to stay”, the royal expert shared.

Meanwhile, according to Ingrid, Her Majesty is, “confident that the future of the monarchy, for which she has worked so hard, is secured not only by her son Prince Charles, but by her grandson Prince William and her great-grandson Prince George.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015 in London, England

Some might have expected the Queen to perhaps take a less prominent role following the loss of her husband of 73 years (opens in new tab), Prince Philip. However, this is understood to be very far from the Queen’s intentions. 

“‘If I stop, I drop,’ she often quips”, claimed Ingrid, who praised her “extraordinary energy and commitment”.

This year the Queen marked her 95th birthday, just days after Prince Philip’s funeral (opens in new tab). Even at this difficult time, Her Majesty thought of others, as she thanked the public for their “support and kindness” (opens in new tab) in her emotional birthday message.

Though the Queen is still grieving the loss of her beloved husband, the news that two more great-grandchildren will soon be joining her family will likely be a source of great comfort. 

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.