“Your Majesty,” “Ma’am,” “Gan-Gan” and (gasp!) “Lizzie” are just a few of Queen Elizabeth’s many nicknames. But as it turns out, Prince William once called his grandmother something a bit less traditional.
Daily Mail columnist Richard Kay recently revealed that Prince William coined an unusual term for the queen as a child. When the young prince hurt himself while running around the palace, he called out for “Gary,” and the rest is history.
Kay wrote, “After a fall at Buckingham Palace, the Prince cried out for ‘Gary, Gary.’ When a guest asked who Gary was, the Queen stepped in and explained: ‘I’m Gary. He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.’”
Although the moniker didn’t stick, we can’t help but wonder if Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nickname for their great-grandmother, “Gan-Gan,” was derived from “Gary.”
Nevertheless, we don’t blame Prince William for opting for anything other than the queen’s full name, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. Talk about a mouthful.