From cute nicknames to the future of Buckingham Palace, get your weekly regal fix in this week’s Royal News Round Up.
The Queen has travelled to over 120 countries for official duties during her long reign, but did you know that she never sits with her husband during those long flights? The Duke of Edinburgh normally sits a row behind Her Majesty, according to biographer Robert Hardman.
Why doesn’t Prince Philip sit with the Queen? It could be out of respect to mark her higher status in the Royal Family, or perhaps he has to make room for Elizabeth II’s large entourage.
Did you know that Prince William sometimes calls the Queen ‘Gary?’ It turns out that The Royals have tonnes of strange and slightly insulting nicknames for each other: Kate calls her husband ‘William Baldy’, William calls Kate ‘Duchess Of DoLittle’, and the Queen is known as Lilibet, GanGan (by the children), and Gary by her grandson.
It might sound strange, but these nicknames can take some of the tension and propriety out of Royal family life and bring the Windsors closer together. These nicknames also serve a security purpose because they allow The Royals to address each other without everyone else catching on.
Wouldn’t it be great to live in Buckingham Palace? Apparently not. Dating back to the 1700s, Buckingham Palace has been the British monarchs official residence since the Victorian era. Despite its regal history, however, the palace doesn’t sound like a great place to live.
In 2017, 10,000 feet of ‘unsafe’ rubber cabling had to be removed to avoid a ‘catastrophe’. There have also been problems with mice, leaky ceilings and bits of the building falling down and nearly hitting The Royals.
There is even talk of the palace becoming a public museum rather than a royal residence when Prince Charles inherits the throne but this is only rumour.
What is life like as a young Royal? It’s pretty normal, according to author Louise Heren who spent a year researching the role of Royal Nanny, a position currently held by Maria Borrallo who trained for the job at Norland College in Bath.
Despite living their life in the public eye, George, Charlotte and Louis follow a pretty familiar routine: they wake up, have breakfast, get into their school uniforms and go to school just like other children.
During their spare time, the young Royals spend lots of time riding their bikes, gardening and playing outside in the fresh air.