The Queen has adopted a vast array of official and unofficial names during her reign. When she took to the throne, she became Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. But some of the most memorable names come from her close family members, many of whom have provided their own spin on the 94-year-old’s name.
The Queen became Gary when her eventual successor, Prince William, stumbled over his words as a child.
According to the Daily Mail, the young royal – who was encouraged to call her granny – once called out for his “Gary” after falling over.
Royal correspondent Richard Kay wrote: “A guest who went to help asked who Gary was, assuming it must be a member of the royal household.
“‘I’m Gary,’ explained the Queen, as she scooped him up. ‘He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet.’”
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The nickname “Mama” may or may not end up entering Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s vocabulary.
According to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, close family members may use the name with the monarch.
Whether or not she has used yet remains to be seen, however.