Toddlers are the cutest, and royal toddlers are royally cute. Little Prince George has already stolen the world’s collective heart with his adorable ways, and he’s set to gather even more doting admirers now that he’s talking. Toddler George has spoken publicly for the first time in what promises to be a long and successful career as a Prince Charming, and his first statement just made the little prince even more adorable.
During Kate Middleton’s interview for an upcoming documentary about the royal family, the toddler’s mother shared in a “rare and candid” way some of the inside scoop on royal life, including the special name Prince George has for his great-grandmother. The fact that George’s great granny is the Queen of England doesn’t mean she has to go without a nickname from her precious great-grandchildren. According to the Daily Mail, Kate’s interview covered exactly that topic. The Duchess of Cambridge said that Prince George’s special name for the Queen is “Gan-gan.”
What Queen wouldn’t love to be called “Gan-gan” by her cute great-grandson? Kate told the interviewers that her grandmother-in-law was “thrilled” when she heard the news. The Queen was even more thrilled when George said “Gan-gan” the next time he saw her, and Kate says Her Majesty “perks up” whenever George, age 2-and-a-half, and his sister Princess Charlotte, age 10 months, come over for a visit.
Kate’s interview was part of a documentary special to honor the Queen’s upcoming 90th birthday, so it was a perfect time to tell the world how important “Gan-gan” is to the tiny Prince and Princess. That feeling is mutual, and according to Hollywood Life, the Queen is said to “dote” on George and Charlotte. She loves being a great-granny and makes sure to leave toys hidden for the little royals to find, as well as always having presents to give them whenever they visit Buckingham Palace.
“She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we stay. And that just shows, I think, her love for her family.”
The two-hour documentary, called “Queen At Ninety,” is set to air on Easter Sunday and is a “fascinating program” that will hear perspectives from several members of the royal family with interviews throughout. It features more of the royal family being interviewed than any previous royal documentary.
This video is amazing! Love hearing Kate speak about HM, George and Charlotte???????? pic.twitter.com/Sng38VhdJC
— Middleton Maven (@MiddletonMaven) March 19, 2016
The queen has always considered family to be essential to the monarchy, and she was delighted when another princess joined the Cambridge household when Kate gave birth to Princess Charlotte in May 2015. Charlotte was a fourth great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth and the growing new generation of the royal family. In the interview, Duchess Kate explained Gan-gan’s excitement when she heard the news of a girl baby.
“It’s very special having a new little girl. I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister. The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl and I think as soon as we came back here, to Kensington, she was one of our first visitors.”
George’s gan-gan has already trained two generations of young royals, and is well-equipped to know how to keep her influence over the children “subtle but steady,” Kate said during the interview.
This was the first solo interview for Kate and she made sure to credit Prince George’s grandmother’s role in her own life as she learned to become royal. The Duchess described Her Majesty’s relationship with her as one of “gentle guidance” in those first months after Kate and William were married. Kate acknowledged that she still had a lot to learn, and seems to have almost as much affection for Gan-gan as does Prince George.
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