For most individuals, the title “the Queen” can solely evoke one particular person: Queen Elizabeth II, the long-reigning monarch of the UK. Elizabeth II is an icon, which makes it simple to overlook that she’s additionally only a particular person like all of us. One factor she does not have in frequent with the remainder of us, although, is the sheer number of names, nicknames, and titles she carries. Here is a fast information:
At start, the Queen was christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. Her first identify honors her mom, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mom, whereas her two center names are nods to her great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, and her paternal grandmother, Queen Mary. Technically, she has a surname of Windsor, however senior members of the royal household don’t use final names. As an alternative, as a result of her father was then Prince Albert, Duke of York, she was formally titled Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of York.
When her father turned King George VI, she retained the fashion of Her Royal Highness however dropped the “York,” as a substitute changing into merely The Princess Elizabeth. For a number of years, between her 1947 marriage to Prince Philip and her 1952 accession to the throne, she had a reasonably unwieldy title that included her personal royal title and her husband’s ducal title: Her Royal Highness the Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh.
As soon as George VI died and Elizabeth turned queen, the query of what she would name herself was instantly raised. In some circumstances, monarchs don’t use their very own first names, however as a substitute take a “regnal identify” that’s usually one in all their center names. Her personal father did this: his actual first identify was Albert, however he used George, one in all his center names, as a regnal identify so as to honor his father, George V, and suggest a way of continuity and a return to stability after the transient and controversial reign of his brother, Edward VIII.
It is also sometimes used when a sure identify turns into controversial for some cause. As an example, it is rumored that Prince Charles might not turn into Charles III when he turns into king, since that was the title claimed by an notorious Scottish “pretender” to the throne (Bonnie Prince Charlie, who’s recognizable to Outlander followers for positive). Elizabeth, nevertheless, decisively saved her personal identify, unused for a queen regnant since Elizabeth I within the 1500s. Correctly, she’s now known as Her Majesty the Queen, or Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen’s most well-known nickname is “Lilibet,” which is reportedly based mostly on how she pronounced her personal identify as a toddler. Her shut household, resembling her mother and father and her sister Princess Margaret, usually referred to as her that. In accordance with Marie Claire, nevertheless, Prince Philip has given her a nickname that solely he makes use of: “Cabbage.” Supposedly, it is a play on phrases from the idiomatic French expression “mon petit chou” which translate immediately as “my little cabbage.” Prince William reportedly referred to as the Queen “Gary” when he was slightly boy, earlier than he obtained the grasp of “Granny,” based on the Day by day Mail.
On the flip facet, Queen Elizabeth II has had a minimum of one nickname that is not so flattering. As viewers of The Crown will keep in mind, Edward VIII (aka Edward, Duke of Windsor) and his spouse, Wallis Simpson, had catty nicknames for his relations, who they largely resented and disliked. Printed letters of the duke and duchess’s reveal that they referred to Elizabeth as “Shirley Temple,” presumably as a reference to her youth and her curly hair. If you happen to ever meet the Queen, although, there are simply two quite simple names to recollect: “Your Majesty,” for the primary introduction, and “Ma’am” later in dialog!