The rest of the world knows Queen Elizabeth By his various royal titles, but his family members may call him by a more familiar name. So, what do you say to the queen when her loved ones are alone?
Who is allowed to call the queen ‘Lillibet’?
When the royal family is in public, they all refer to the queen as “Your Majesty” or “Ma’am”. However, when they are at home, the rules are relaxed. One of Queen Elizabeth’s most well-known nicknames is “Lilibate.”
The nickname came from the queen herself. When she was a small child, Queen Elizabeth was unable to pronounce her own name, calling herself “Lilliput”. The name is stuck and it has been his nickname for years. Her granddaughter, Prince Harry, even named her daughter “Lillibet” in honor of her grandmother.
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Only very close family members and friends, usually those who grew up beside him, are allowed to refer to him by this nickname. Her late husband, Prince Philip, used an abbreviated version of the name, calling her “Bet”. Philip also called his wife “Cabbage”, which comes from the much-dubbed popular French nickname “Petit Chow”. The phrase literally means “little cabbage” but the French use it as another word for “beloved”.
Queen Elizabeth’s children and grandchildren call her what
Like all mothers and grandmothers, Queen Elizabeth is called by all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by different names. Her children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, all call her “Mama”. The children use the spoken French pronunciation, emphasizing the second “mother”. Charles also referred to her as “Mami”.
Her grandchildren, Prince William and Prince Harry, call her “Grandma”. However, William obviously could not pronounce “Granny” correctly at a young age, so he called her “Gary”.
William’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Lewis call the Queen “Gran-Gran”. Like his father, George had some difficulty pronouncing the nickname at first, and his mother, Kate Middleton, revealed that she called him “song-song.” It is assumed that Harry and Merkel’s children, Archie and Lilibet, also refer to him by this name.
Being a member of the royal family means many rules and protocols related to how you communicate with your family and other parts of the world. It may seem strange to call the Queen of England “Mother” or “Grandmother”, but to the royal family, Queen Elizabeth’s most important title is Mother and Grandmother.