To the public, Camilla may be the Queen of the United Kingdom, but within the Royal Household, her grandchildren have a different title for her – and it’s not ‘Grandma’ either!
The Royal Family might be sticklers for tradition but it appears that, for the royal grandkids, following tradition can only go so far.
And in a true show of modern family etiquette, it has been revealed that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and little Prince Louise have opted out of the use of “Grandma” or “Granny”.
“I don’t know if it’s because they think I am! It is funny but is still very sweet.”
If there’s anything Camilla is gaga about, it’s showing her love for her grandchildren.
According to royal author Penny Junor, who wrote the biography The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown, every June Camilla hosts a massive party in honour of her grandchildren and the grandchildren of her friends.
“In 2016 there were about 90 children tucking into sandwiches, cakes, and jellies and roaring around the garden at Clarence House, having tugs of war and watching spellbound as magicians did tricks and entertainers made them laugh,” Junor wrote.
And Camilla isn’t the only one with a quirky grandparent nickname, it has also been reported that King Charles III has a special moniker.
To Prince George and his younger siblings, the King is simply “Grandpa Wales”.
Per the Daily Mail, Charles’ nickname follows the same style that the late Queen Elizabeth II used for her grandfather George V, whom she called “Grandad England”.
But it isn’t just the Royal Family ditching the traditional use of “Granda” and “Grandpa,” as a recent survey conducted by SunLife UK found that a mere 4 per cent, or 560,000 people, continue to embrace the traditional titles of “Grandma” and “Grandad”.
The research found that 21 per cent of grandparents had endearing “baby talk” names that had endured since their grandchildren were younger. While another 20 per cent had acquired “descriptive” names, reflecting their physical appearance.
The study also reported that 20 per cent of grandparents were commonly referred to by their first name.
The survey comes months after a heated debate emerged when several schools in NSW opted to rename ‘Grandparents Day’ as ‘Grandfriends Day’ in a bid for inclusivity.