This young royal was frankly a little bit freaked out when she realised her granny was the actual Queen of England!
In the cutest royal-related story of recent times, it’s been revealed that The Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex had managed to keep some rather big news from their children.
In fact, their daughter had not realised that her granny was The Queen until a couple of years ago. In an interview with the BBC’s Louise Minchin, Sophie was asked how her children – Lady Louise (13) and James, Viscount Severn (7) – dealt with having such a high profile grandparent.
Countess Sophie said it only dawned on Louise a little while ago that her granny was kind of important.
“I suppose there comes a point where they realise their grandmother is The Queen? Pretty important,” Louise Minchin suggested.
“That happened a little while ago,” Sophie laughed.
“For Louise, actually, it was a shock to the system. She was coming home from school and saying, ‘Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is The Queen.'”
Oh, THAT Queen!
It must seem a little far-fetched, the idea that you’ve sprung from the highest rungs of royalty, especially if your parents have worked hard to keep things as fuss-free as possible at home.
“I asked her how does that make you feel and she said ‘I don’t understand!’ I don’t think she had grasped that perhaps, there was only ONE Queen,” Sophie chuckled.
Sophie and Prince Edward have managed to mostly keep their children away from the prying eyes of the tabloids, much to their credit.
“Certainly when they were very young we tried to keep them out of it,” Sophie said. “Only because for their sakes, to grow up as normally as possible we felt was quite important.”
The royal mum said she and Edward had a firm eye on a secure future for their kids.
“They’re going to have to go out and get a job and earn a living later on in life and if they’ve had a normal a start in life they possibly can get, then hopefully that will stand them in good stead.”
Call me Gary
It was also recently revealed that Prince William had a little bit of trouble pronouncing the word ‘Granny’ when he was little. Instead, he called his nan ‘Gary’ which only makes us love him more. Duchess Kate said their son George had a similar issue in the pronunciation stakes.
“George is only two-and-a-half and he calls her ‘Gan-Gan’,” she revealed. This pet name is apparently a tradition amongst the younger royals, with royal biographer Kitty Kelley explaining that Charles, William and Harry had all called their great-grandmothers ‘Gan-Gan’.
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Today marks The Queen's #SapphireJubilee It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne. On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title. In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.
If you’re playing the Granny-Gary game at home, let’s refresh a little?
The Queen’s grandchildren are: William, Harry, Peter, Zara, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise and James.
Her great grandchildren are: George, Charlotte, Savannah, Isla and Mia.
If you’re keen to further brush up on your Royal lineage here’s the low-down on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s offspring:
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles married Diana and they became parents to Prince William and Prince Henry (known as Harry). After divorcing Diana and her tragic death, Charles married Camilla Parker-Bowles. Charles is grandpa to William and Duchess Kate’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Princess Anne, Princess Royal
Princess Anne married Mark Phillips and they had two children, Peter and Zara. They later divorced and Princess Anne married Timothy Laurence. Anne is granny to Peter’s children Savannah and Isla and Zara’s daughter Mia.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson and they had two kids together, Beatrice and Eugenie. They divorced in 1996. No grandchildren here, as yet.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward is married to Sophie. They have two children, Louise and James.