This Is the One Unflattering Nickname Queen Elizabeth Gave Kate Middleton

Typically, nicknames are used as terms of endearment between close friends and family members. That’s especially true in the British royal family where just about everyone has a nickname of some sort. From children to adults, there are plenty of adorable nicknames circulating, even if they try to avoid addressing each other as such in public.

However, it turns out not all the nicknames in the royal family are particularly polite. One rumored nickname that Queen Elizabeth gave to Kate Middleton is rather rude.

Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton
Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Middleton | Oli Scarff – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Do Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth get along?

These days it’s obvious that Queen Elizabeth and her granddaughter-in-law get along fine. But before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed, it was a different story. Prior to her engagement to Prince William, Kate Middleton was more likely to indulge in expensive vacations frequently and just generally show off her wealth and status (at least, that’s how Queen Elizabeth saw things). To the Queen, this type of behavior was “unpalatable.”

The Queen may have originally had a different girl in mind for Prince William. But once she realized her grandson only had eyes for Kate Middleton, she started focusing on how to make her fit in with the royal family. That means she’d need Kate Middleton to readjust her priorities.

What nickname did Queen Elizabeth give to Kate Middleton?

Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton
Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton | Phil Noble/AFP/Getty Images

A royal biographer who penned the 2010 book William and Harry put it this way: “If [Kate] was not with William at Balmoral then the couple were skiing or holidaying on Mustique. Kate was there so often the press dubbed her ‘Queen of Mustique’, a title that had previously belonged to Princess Margaret.”

A source confirmed to the biographer that “Swanning from one five-star holiday resort to another is not the prerequisite for a young woman possibly destined to be Queen.” Queen Elizabeth also didn’t appreciate seeing Kate Middleton hitting the club scene all the time, especially during an economic recession.

Apparently Kate took the Queen’s criticism seriously and responded by changing her ways. As the biographer wrote, “The Queen had quietly suggested that Kate affiliate herself with a charity and, by September, she was involved with Starlight, which works with seriously and terminally ill children.”

Now the Duchess of Cambridge is involved with many charities and makes frequent public appearances and official visits. She’s about as different from her former self – the so-called “Queen of Mustique” – as she can get.

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Kate Middleton | Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool/Getty Images

What are some other royal nicknames?

Thankfully, most royal nicknames aren’t derisive. Queen Elizabeth gave herself the nickname “Tillabet” when she was younger, and now friends and family call her “Lilibet.” Prince Philip calls her “Cabbage.”

Future monarch Prince William and Kate call each other “darling” or “babe” quietly in public on certain occasions. The Duchess of Cambridge calls her kids “poppet.” Her son Prince George was overheard calling himself by the nickname, “Archie.”