When meeting Queen Elizabeth II many people aren’t sure what to call her. The royal family website states that formal address is “Your Majesty,” but there are no obligatory codes of behavior about how to refer to her. Apparently, there’s no specific protocol for what her own family should call her either since most of them have adopted quite a few nicknames for her.
Here are some of the adorable names other royals call Her Majesty and the odd nickname the queen’s favorite son, Prince Andrew, has for her.
Nicknames in the York family
The prince is no stranger to using nicknames within his family. Andrew, the Duchess of York, and their two daughters all have sweet nicknames they go by.
Sarah Ferguson has had the nickname “Fergie” for years but that’s not what her youngest daughter, Princess Eugenie, calls her. Instead, she refers to her as “Mumsie.” The duchess returns the nickname favor by calling the princess “Eugie.”
During an interview with British Vogue, Princess Beatrice said that her nickname for her sibling is “Euge.” In turn, Eugenie shortens her big sis’ first name as well to “Bea.”
What name Prince Andrew has for his mother
So what is the Duke of York‘s nickname for his mom?
In his book The Playboy Prince, royal biographer Andrew Morton wrote that growing up Andrew always called his mother “Mamba,” and she wasn’t the only person he called by that name.
“The toddler had a special joint name for Nanny Anderson and his mother — ‘Mamba,’” Morton said.
The author also wrote about what Prince Philip nicknamed his second son. Morton noted that Philip referred to a young Andrew as “The Boss.”
What unique names other royals have for the queen
Andrew is not the only one who has called the queen by a nickname. In fact, many of her family members have a bunch of different nicknames for Her Majesty from her husband to her great-grandchildren.
The Duke of Edinburgh calls his wife “Cabbage.” It’s unclear exactly why he chose to give her the nickname but according to The Times, it may have originated from the French phrase “mon petit chou,” which translates to “my little cabbage” and also “my little pastry puff.”
Queen Elizabeth’s parents used to call her “Lilibet,” which was inspired by the way she pronounced her name as a little girl. Hello! magazine noted that Prince Philip still calls her by her childhood name sometimes as well.
The queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren also have special names for the monarch. Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie for example often refer to her as “Granny,” while Prince William used to call her “Gary” when he was little. And her great-grandkids like Prince George and Princess Charlotte call her “Gan Gan.”