Inside Queen’s ‘Loving’ Relationship With Her Grandchildren
TO everyone around her she is “Your Majesty” or “Ma’am”, but to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis the Queen she is simply “Gan-gan”.
And Queen Elizabeth likes the moniker and takes her part — in which she enjoys choosing gifts for her 12 great-grandchildren, teaching them to drive and even enjoying a splash in Buckingham Palace’s pool — very seriously.
When the Queen took the throne in 1952, she was a young mother to Charles and Anne, and even after the arrival of Andrew and Edward, a combination of strict nannies and royal duties meant that she didn’t have much time for her children.
It was very different when she became “Granny” in 1977 with the birth of Peter Philips and she was in love with him, his sister Zara, Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The 96-year-old has also become particularly close with her youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14 – the children of Prince Edward and Sophie, who visit her regularly at Windsor Castle.
A former courtier noted: “The Queen adores her family and likes to have them around, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they get a little older.”
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