Sophie, Countess of Wessex Has the Most Intimate Nickname for Queen Elizabeth

It seems like everyone in the British royal family has a nickname — or several. And with a record-breaking reign and so many different people in her clan, Queen Elizabeth might have the most nicknames of all.

Most people will never have the privilege of addressing Her Majesty by any informal kind of name. But in her private life, Queen Elizabeth enjoys many different nicknames from family members that prove she’s truly beloved by those who are closest to her. Recently, her daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex revealed yet another intimate name for Queen Elizabeth that we really love.

Queen Elizabeth and Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Queen Elizabeth II and Sophie, Countess of Wessex | Kirsty O’Connor – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Sophie and Queen Elizabeth are very close

Like anyone, the queen has favorites in the royal family even if she tries not to make it too obvious. Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son Prince Edward married a woman named Sophie and she and the queen are exceptionally close. Sophie, Countess of Wessex just proved that again recently.

Though she’s not the only one who has a nickname for Her Majesty, Sophie’s is especially sweet. At a recent event, Sophie shared what she calls Queen Elizabeth during a reception at Buckingham Palace. During a speech, which the queen attended, Sophie addressed the monarch as “Mama.”

She said, “Mama, when I have returned from my travels, I have been so proud to share with you the work I have witnessed being carried out under the umbrella of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and the care of so many people working so hard to save and cure sight.”

The queen has so many other nicknames

Mama is definitely an amazing nickname. But it’s not the only one. Apparently, the future king Prince William calls his grandmother Queen Elizabeth “Gary.” This peculiar nickname came about when the Duke of Cambridge was just a little boy and unable to properly say the word, “Granny.” The nickname simply stuck after that.

The other grandchildren call Queen Elizabeth by the fond name of Granny. Meanwhile, several of the great-grandkids, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, call Queen Elizabeth “Gan-Gan.”

Sophie isn’t the only one who calls Queen Elizabeth ‘Mama’

And those aren’t the only nicknames Queen Elizabeth has. Her Majesty’s father, King George VI used to call her “Lilibet,” which was inspired by the way she pronounced her name as a little girl. Her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh calls Queen Elizabeth “Cabbage.”

And there are a couple of others who call the queen by the informal nickname “Mama.” Apparently, Princess Diana used to call her mother-in-law that same name. These days, Meghan Markle has adopted the habit as well.

The queen must love her nicknames

Nicknames convey familiarity and closeness between two people. It’s clear that the queen has many family members who love and respect her, which makes her nicknames even more special.

No doubt it’s impressive to be addressed by a formal title. But it’s likely that the queen gets the best feelings when she hears her family calling her by one of her many fond nicknames.