The British royals go by many names. Queen Elizabeth, for example, isn’t just Her Majesty — she’s also Head of the Commonwealth and Defender of the Faith. But what about pet names and other informal appellations? Buckingham Palace isn’t exactly forthcoming on the topic, but we’ve rounded up the nicknames of some of the highest-profile royals. Scroll down to read more about royal nicknames!
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When she was a little girl, the future Queen of England called herself Tillabet, according to Hello!. As the years went on, that nickname morphed into Lilibet. So what about “Cabbage”? In the 2006 film The Queen, Prince Philip gets into bed next to Elizabeth and says, “Move over, cabbage.” Screenwriter Peter Morgan said he heard “on very good authority” that is indeed the duke’s nickname for his wife, and biographer Robert Lacey corroborated that claim, as The Sunday Times reported.
The British press gave Diana a lot of her nicknames, and some were more flattering than others. She was dubbed Dynasty Di, for example, after her wide-shouldered gowns reminded pundits of the 1980s primetime soap opera. After Diana’s death in 1997, however, then-Prime Minister Tony Blair introduced her most enduring nickname. “She was the People’s Princess and that is how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and our memories forever,” he said, per BBC News.
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Diana called her first son Wombat, as he revealed in a 2007 NBC News interview. “It kind of stuck with me. I can’t get rid of it now,” Prince William said. “It began when I was two. I’ve been rightfully told because I can’t remember back that far. But we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, you know, that’s the local animal… So I just basically got called that. Not because I look like a wombat — or maybe I do.” While studying at the University of St. Andrews, William reportedly went under the alias Steve to avoid attention. These days, however, his friends call him Wills, Hello! claimed.
Meanwhile, this prince’s friends reportedly call him Spike. In fact, Prince Harry had a Facebook account under the name Spike Wells until the account was deemed a security risk and shut down in 2012, as the New York Daily News reported.
The Duchess of Cambridge once shared a nickname with a certain rodent, as she revealed in a 2012 visit to her old stomping grounds at St. Andrews School. “I was nicknamed Squeak just like my guinea pig,” Kate Middleton said, per Hello!. “There was one called Pip and one called Squeak because my sister was called Pippa and I was Squeak.” In her years at Marlborough College, though, Kate was reportedly given a much more distinguished and prescient nickname — Princess-in-Waiting.
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