Royal Nicknames

Let’s take a moment to discuss royal nicknames, shall we? These names are a delightful contrast to the formality of the royal lives of the holders and just plain charming, we think.

Here are a few that we’ve picked up in our royal readings over the years. We’ll start with the eldest and work our way down:

Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother

  • Christian names: Elizabeth Angela Marguerite
  • Known nickname(s): Cookie, Cake (‘Cookie’ was termed by the Duchess of Windsor;this may have been a bit of an insult. ‘Cake’was very much a term of endearment and was what the Mitford sisters called her. More on the Mitfords in another post!)

King George IV

  • Christian names: Albert Frederick Arthur George
  • Known nickname(s): Bertie
Queen Elizabeth II
  • Christian names: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
  • Known nickname(s): Lillibet, since “Elizabeth” was a bit tough to pronounce
Prince Charles
  • Christian names: Charles Philip Arthur George
  • Known nickname(s): ‘Friend’ (by Deborah Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire)
Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Christian names: Diana Frances
  • Known nickname(s): Duch (by her sisters when she was young, short for ‘Duchess’ since evidently she was determined to become a Duchess at least)
  • When Diana was having doubts about marrying Charles, she later said that her sisters told her “Well, bad luck, Duch. Your face is on the tea towels so it’s too late to chicken out.”
Prince William
  • Christian names: William Arthur Philip Louis
  • Known nickname(s): Wombat (by his mother)
  • Prince William used this nickname himself while he was on his GAP year and volunteering with kids. He was teaching them a word game and when it was his turn he said, “I’m William and I’m a Wombat”
Which royal nicknames are we missing? Let us know in the comments!

4 Replies to “Royal Nicknames”

  1. Diana’s brother Charles said the nickname Duchess came for the Disney movie “the aristocats” that they had watched as children.

  2. Youngest daughter – Beatrice – of Queen Victoria had nickname “Baby” I think.
    And there was also Maria of Yugoslavia – grat granddauhter of Victoria who was called “Mignon”

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