Every Nickname the Royal Family Has Given Queen Elizabeth

Whenever we get to catch a glimpse of the royals, we only see the most civil and put-together versions of each family member. After all, Queen Elizabeth has some pretty strict rules for each royal to follow in public. But what are they really like at home?

Well, we know the family has a hilarious sense of humor. For example, the queen herself has let her humorous side show from time to time — even when the royal party was pelted with eggs. After actually being egged in New Zealand by an anti-monarchy demonstrator, the queen wasn’t angry. Instead, she joked, “I myself prefer my New Zealand eggs for breakfast.”

The royals are only human, after all. However, if we were ever to meet Queen Elizabeth, we’d still definitely follow protocol in addressing her as “Your Majesty.”

Her family, on the other hand, has made up nicknames for the queen that make her sound like any other hilarious grandmother. From Kate Middleton’s children to what she called herself as a child, these are the nicknames the queen has been given over the years.

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth | Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Gan Gan

Hello! Magazine reported that when Middleton sat down for a televised interview in 2016, she spilled on the adorable nickname her son has for his great-grandmother. “George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her ‘Gan Gan,’” she 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.”

We’d like to assume Middleton’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, calls the queen by the same name. Maybe Middleton and Prince William’s youngest son, Prince Louis, will go with “Gan Gan” when he’s old enough, too.


Prince William and Prince Harry, however, have a different nickname for their beloved grandmother. According to Romper, when the queen made a surprise appearance in a James Bond spoof in 2012, William and Harry couldn’t contain their excitement. They both shouted, “Go Granny!”


Whether it was just the adrenaline of the moment or the princes really do refer to Queen Elizabeth as “Granny,” either way, it was adorable. It’s more accurate than William’s original nickname for his grandmother, which was reportedly “Gary” when he was just a boy.

According to the International Business Times, Elizabeth isn’t the only royal grandmother with an adorable nickname. Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, is referred to as “Ga Ga” by Prince George and Prince Charlotte.

Queen Elizabeth and Dookie the corgi

Queen Elizabeth and Dookie the corgi | Good Housekeeping via YouTube

Tillabet or Lilibet

When Queen Elizabeth was a little girl, she actually had a nickname for herself: “Tillabet.” According to Hello! Magazine, “As she grew up, she became known as ‘Lilibet’ among her family and close friends — apparently some of them still use the affectionate nickname for the monarch.”

Shirley Temple

Even Elizabeth’s uncle, Edward, had an adorable (and apropos) nickname for her. He called her Shirley Temple, thanks to her “chubby face and curly hair” as a child. Edward is actually the reason Elizabeth was able to become the queen, as he abdicated the throne in 1936.


Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, has quite the unique nickname for her. When the 2006 film, The Queen, was released, one particular bedtime scene revealed that he calls his wife “Cabbage.”

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