Queen Elizabeth might be one of the most famous women in the entire world. And on presentation to the Queen, you might have to address her with “Your Majesty”. But to her great-grandson, Prince George, she is just “Gan-Gan”.
In an ITV documentary to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, Kate spoke about the relationship she shares with Her Majesty and about how much she is beloved by her children George and Charlotte.
“She’s been very generous and not sort of been forceful at all in any of her views. But I feel she’s been gentle guidance really for me.
“George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her ‘Gan-Gan,'” Kate explained. “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.”
When George started calling the Queen ‘Gan-Gan’ he was as we said two-and-a-half. But, the adorable nickname has been in the family for quite some time.
Apparently, Prince Charles is the one who came up with the nickname when he was a child. An extract from a souvenir brochure from his 1969 investiture as the Prince of Wales reveals: “His mother spent as much time with her son as her duties allowed and part of the day was always devoted to him”.
“Often, he was taken to visit Queen Mary—whom he called Gan-Gan—at Marlborough House and the Queen—later known as the Queen Mother—as Buckingham Palace.”
Prince George has grown up since the interview, but we are sure that this sort of nickname is likely to stick. Still, it is a much better nickname than the one his father William used for his grandmother as a child.
According to the Daily Mail, Prince William used to call the Queen ‘Gary’ when he was younger. And the reason why is because he couldn’t quite pronounce ‘Granny’.