How Queen Elizabeth II’s Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren Address Her in Private

Queen Elizabeth II is a grandmother and a great-grandmother and while most of us can’t imagine what it’s like having the monarch as our grandmom for Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie that’s a reality.

While we don’t know a ton about what the queen’s relationship is like with all of her grandkids and great-grandkids we do know how a few of them address her behind closed doors, and they’re not calling her grandmom or Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

How many grandchildren and great-grandchildren Queen Elizabeth II has

Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, have four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward. Each of their children have two children of their own giving the royal family matriarch and patriarch eight grandkids.

The queen’s oldest grandchild is Princess Anne and Mark Phillips’s son, Peter Phillips. He has one sister, Zara Tindall. Of course, Prince Charles and Princess Diana had their two sons, Princes William and Harry. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson had two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, before Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex had Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh are also great-grandparents to eight grandchildren.

They are Phillips’ daughters Savannah and Isla, Tindall’s children Mia and Lena, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

What Her Majesty’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren call her

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry | Oli Scarff/Getty Images

So how do all the queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren address her?

According to the Daily Mail‘s Richard Kay, Prince William called her “Gary” when he was a little boy. The columnist said that one time, the young prince fell down while playing at Buckingham Palace and cried out for someone named “Gary.” Royal aides then asked, “Who is Gary?” and the queen confirmed that her grandson was referring to her but hadn’t mastered how to say “Granny” yet.

Years later, William did start calling his grandmom “Granny” all the time. Prince Harry does too as the siblings proved when their grandmother appeared in James Bond spoof in 2012, and they each shouted, “Go Granny!”

The queen’s granddaughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, also reportedly call her “Granny” as well.

So what about her great-grandchildren?

Kate Middleton revealed in an interview that her oldest son, Prince George, uses the name “Gan Gan” for his grandma.

“He calls her ‘Gan Gan,’” Middleton said. “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.”

It’s believed that Princess Charlotte calls the queen that name as well.

Biographer Kitty Kelley reported that “Gan Gan” is actually a royal tradition as the name was used by Prince Charles and other royals when referring to their great-grandmothers.

Read more: When Do Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis Have To Start Bowing To the Queen

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