The Duchess of Cambridge has revealed Princess Charlotte’s nickname is ‘Lottie’, after letting the name slip to well-wishers during a visit to Northern Ireland.
Mummy blogger Laura-Ann, 30, from Belfast, took her two-year-old son George to meet Kate and Prince William on their visit to the city’s Windsor Park stadium.
Footage of the meeting shows the Duchess speaking to the toddler, and saying: ‘Hello – what’s your name? Hi George, what a cool name you’ve got, and you look very smart in your bow tie. It’s very nice to meet you.’
Laura-Ann, a part-time estate agent, said after the event: ‘So then she asked how old Bertie [her older son] is, and I said he is four and she said “oh he’s the same age as Lottie” – she calls her Lottie!
‘I wish there was more videos because I can’t remember what she said, or I said- she’s my idol, I absolutely love her!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent Wednesday and Thursday carrying out a number of engagements in Belfast, Fermanagh and Ballymena.
They showcased their own skills during a kickabout at the stadium, home of the Irish Football Association which runs programmes to encourage young girls to play the sport, and to support clubs dealing with mental health issues
William and Kate were greeted by scores of cheering schoolchildren and stopped to chat with the crowds, with the duchess being presented with a number of bunches of flowers.
The royals often used nicknames and terms of endearment for one another.
In 2007, Prince William told NBC’s Matt Lauer that Princess Diana used to call him ‘wombat’.
The Queen, 92, has perhaps the most unlikely name; with Prince William calling her ‘Gary’ when he couldn’t pronounce grandma as a youngster. The hard-to-believe nickname has apparently stuck.
Prince George, it was revealed by his mother, called the Queen ‘Gan-Gan’ when he struggled to also say the word grandma.
In January Prince George took control of his own nickname, telling a passer-by his name was ‘Archie’.
THE ROYAL FAMILY’S PET NAMES
THE QUEEN: Gary, ‘Gan-Gan’, Cabbage. The first two nicknames come from both Prince William and Prince George struggling to say ‘Granny’ as children. The third is apparently an affectionate name given to the Queen by Prince Philip.
PRINCE WILLIAM: Big Willy, Prince Baldy. These two rather blunt nicknames were apparently coined by his wife. At university Kate called William ‘Big Willy’ – and now, due to his somewhat thinning head of hair, she calls him the latter.
DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE: ‘DoD’, or ‘the Duchess of Do-little’. This cheeky moniker was given to the Duchess by none other than Prince William.
PRINCE CHARLES: Fred. Charles and Camilla call each other Fred and Gladys – as revealed in Princess Diana’s interview tapes.
PRINCE HARRY: Flash, Gromit, Potter. Nicknames have followed the 34-year-old throughout his life, and he was dubbed ‘Flash’ in his wilder days, thought to be a reference to fictional army Lothario Harry Flashman.
Other, more endearing names for Harry include ‘Potter’, after J K Rowling’s boy wizard and ‘Gromit’, referring to Nick Park’s animated canine creation.
THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX: Tungsten. Royal new-comer Meghan, 37, has been reportedly called ‘Tungsten’ by her father-in-law in reference to the strong metal. Prince Charles has apparently given the Duchess of Sussex the name based on her ‘toughness’.
PRINCE GEORGE: PG Tips. When she was pregnant Kate referred to him as ‘our little grape’ but the five-year-old is now occasionally known as PG Tips or just ‘Tips’ after the brand of tea.
PIPPA MIDDLETON: Squeak. Classmates at St. Andrew’s in Pangbourne, Berkshire, came up with the name “Squeak” for Kate, and “Pip” for Pippa – names that were also bestowed upon the school’s pet guinea pigs.