The Queen’s Great-Granddaughter Savannah Phillips Is 14th In Line For the Throne
Savannah Philipps is a lot like most seven-year olds in that she loves parades, ice cream, horses, and playing with her cousins. She’s an average seven-year old girl, save for one little thing—she happens to be in line for the throne of England.
Savannah is the blonde haired, blue eyed daughter of Autumn and Peter Phillips, granddaughter of Princess Anne, and great-granddaughter of Her Majesty, Elizabeth II. Town & Country wrote a great introduction to the girl who could be queen and how could we not fall in love with someone who shares a name with one of our favorite Southern cities?
Savannah was born on December 29, 2010, becoming the Queen's first great-grandchild and Princess Anne's first grandchild. Her name is not particularly common in the U.K., but that didn’t stop her royal father and his Canadian-born wife from choosing the charming (if we do say so ourselves) name.
Savannah lives with her parents and little sister, Isla, who was born in 2012 in a cottage on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire. A very close-knit family, Peter helps run the horse riding event, the Festival of British Eventing with his father Mark Phillips, and runs a sports management company, that counts his sister Zara as a client.
Savannah’s parents tend to keep her out of the spotlight, but she made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut for her great-grandmother’s 91st birthday celebration in June 2017. She watched the annual Trooping the Colour Parade next to her cousins Princess Charlotte and Prince George, and the Queen, who she calls Gan-Gan.
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Savannah and her sister Isla aren’t as well-known as their cousins Prince George and Princess Charlotte, perhaps because their father doesn’t have a royal title. It’s not that their father, Peter Phillips, isn’t a welcome member of the royal family, but because when he was born, his parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, declined the Queen's offer to give him a title. They were worried that having a title could make it harder for their son to have a career or other aspects of an ordinary life. As the Washington Post reported at the time, that decision made Peter Phillips "the first child to be born to a princess without a title here for at least 500 years," reported the Washington Post. That lack of title has now passed down to his daughters. By all reports the family lives a fairly normal life in the UK.
Despite the lack of title, Savannah is still 14th in line for the throne. However, when Will and Kate’s third child is born (it’s due sometime in April), Savannah will be bumped a little further down the order of succession.