How do the grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth address her in a private location?

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While ordinary people might address Queen Elizabeth II as “Her Majesty” along with a bow or a curtsy, things are a little more relaxed behind closed doors.

A Quora user asked the question: “How do the grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth address her in a private location?”

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

While the responses were varied, our own research indicates the Queen’s grandchildren have some rather affectionate nicknames for her.

Prince George reportedly calls his great-grandmother "Gan Gan." AP/Chris Jackson, Pool Photo
Prince George reportedly calls his great-grandmother “Gan Gan.” AP/Chris Jackson, Pool Photo

William and Harry famously cheered on their grandmother in her unexpected, show-stopping role in the the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony.

At the sight of their grandmother starring alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond, the pair squealed “Go, Granny!” in unison.

In a rare moment of affection caught on camera, Queen Elizabeth II can be spotted with her arm around her young grandson while smiling for the camera, dressed in a pastel blue ensemble with a matching hat and shoes. The pair posed in from of the congregation, although Prince William looks ready to start playing again! Photo: © Getty Images
In a rare moment of affection caught on camera, Queen Elizabeth II can be spotted with her arm around her young grandson while smiling for the camera, dressed in a pastel blue ensemble with a matching hat and shoes. The pair posed in from of the congregation, although Prince William looks ready to start playing again!
Photo: © Getty Images

But this reportedly isn’t the only name used by the princes.

High society gossip columnist Richard Kay wrote in the Daily Mail that once after a fall at Buckingham Palace, a young William called out for “Gary.”

When the household asked “Who is Gary?” the Queen reportedly responded “I’m Gary” and swooped in to comfort him.

Wills had not yet mastered “Granny,” she explained.

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Four-year-old great-grandson Prince George also has a rather endearing name for Queen Elizabeth II, as revealed in a 2016 interview aired to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday.

Jul 05, 2015; King's Lynn, England, United Kingdom; KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and Royal nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo leave the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate after the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. *no uk sales for 28 days after date created* Mandatory Credit: Photo by National Pictures/KEYSTONE Press © Copyright 2015 by National Pictures
Jul 05, 2015; King’s Lynn, England, United Kingdom; KING’S LYNN, ENGLAND – JULY 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II and Royal nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo leave the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate after the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge on July 5, 2015 in King’s Lynn, England. *no uk sales for 28 days after date created* Mandatory Credit: Photo by National Pictures/KEYSTONE Press © Copyright 2015 by National Pictures

This isn’t just a cute nickname, according to PopSugar however, rather it marks a long-standing royal tradition. American biographer Kitty Kelley claims that ‘Gan Gan’ was adopted by Prince Charles, William, and Harry to address their respective great-grandmothers.

This post was inspired by a question on Quora.

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