While many refer to Prince William as “His Royal Highness,” Prince George and Princess Charlotte have the privilege of calling him by a special moniker. Then again, it’s probably because he’s their dad. Either way, Kate Middleton revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 28 that the royal kiddos refer to William as “Pops.” So cute!
During Kate and William’s visit to Leicester on Wednesday, the mom-of-three shared the adorable nickname with a royal fan. “Kate said that William was playing football with the children last night and one of them said, I think it was George, ‘Are you playing football tomorrow, Pops?'” Leicester City Football Club season ticket holder Fionna Sturgess told People of her conversation with the Duchess.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Leicester to honor the recent death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman of the city’s beloved football club. There, the couple met with volunteers to help relocate flowers and other keepsakes to a dedicated site. When asked how the couple’s three children, George, 5, Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 7 months, are doing, Kate, 36, allegedly told another fan, “They are great, thank you.”
William, 36, receiving a nickname from his kids may not come as a surprise to royal fans, as Queen Elizabeth has been given a cute pet name by George as well. In the 2016 ITV documentary honoring Queen Elizabeth‘s 90th birthday,The Queen at Ninety, Kate discussed the special relationship that her children share with the royal monarch and what George calls her at home.
The brunette beauty revealed that George, who was just over two years old at the time, calls Elizabeth “Gan-Gan.” Kate also spilled that the Queen “always leaves a little gift or something in [the kids’] room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.”
We imagine you’re probably dying to know if George and Charlotte came up with any nicknames for their other royal family members. Though we have yet to find out, nicknames are a lot more common within the royal family than you may have imagined. According to Southern Living, Princess Diana once gave Prince Harry the nickname “Wombat” after visiting Australia when the red-headed royal was just two years old. Weird… but cute!
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