On April 21, 2016, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 90th birthday and to honor the occasion, a documentary was put together, reviewing the main milestones in the life of the sovereign and her lesser-known private side.
Ahead of the release of the piece, called Our Queen At Ninety, Kensington Palace shared a fragment from the interview that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave for the documentary.
One of the most remarkable personal details that surfaced from Middleton’s talk with the producers of the feature was the special nickname that Prince George, who was only two back then, invented for his great-grandmother.
‘George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her “Gan-Gan.” She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay and that just shows her love for her family,’ said the Duchess. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa
Middleton maintained that the Queen cultivates a close relationship with her great-grandchildren and that when Princess Charlotte was born, she was really excited to welcome the newest girl in the family.
‘The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here,’ added Prince William's wife.
The interview was the first Middleton gave unaccompanied since the announcement of her engagement to Prince William in 2010, as E! News reported. She was among the many members of the royal family that took part in the film.
Our Queen At Ninety was first broadcasted on Easter Sunday (March 27) 2016 and gained privileged access to the royal family light-hearted side while it paints an intimate portrait of the Queen.
Prince Philip nicknames for the Queen
The affectionate names within the family aren’t only used by the little ones, and several of the private ways that England’s royals use to address one another have surfaced over the years.
Actually, the royal family uses many nicknames in their private lives. The Queen’s husband, 97-year-old Prince Philip has been known to have the most peculiar names for his wife, including ‘Sausage,’ as Mirror revealed.
After seventy years of marriage, it is only normal that the couple has found intimate ways to refer to each other. Another pet name Philip has for the head of state is ‘cabbage’. The Queen, in turn, reportedly calls him ‘The Hun.’
The Duchess of Sussex has her own nickname already
When the former Suits star, American-born actress Meghan Markle, joined the royal family in May after marrying Prince Harry, she received her own nickname, even if it is not the most glamorous one, by her father-in-law, Prince Charles.
Charles has a rather unusual but touching nickname for Markle. Royal sources told the British newspaper that the Prince of Wales calls the Duchess of Sussex 'Tungsten' because she is as strong as the metal.
Charles and Markle share a close loving bond, as was evident she asked the 69-year-old to accompany her down the aisle after her father decided not to attend her wedding with Harry.
Before little George started to call Queen Elizabeth 'Gan-Gan', his own father William came up with ‘Gary’ as his way to call his grandmother. According to Daily Mail, a guest at the royal household heard him call her that when he was a toddler.
As the source said, this person saw little William fall down at the Buckingham Palace. As he got up crying, the little boy started to call for ‘Gary.’ When the person asked who was this ‘Gary,’ the Queen allegedly said it was she.
‘He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet,’ the monarch was quoted with saying. Many years later, however, William and Harry could be heard screaming ‘Go, Granny!’ in unison during the Queen’s hilarious appearance at the 2012 Olympic Games.
January 23, 2019