“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 as a child Prince William coined an unusual term for the queen. 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.