They say that if you have a nickname, it means you are popular. This is definitely the case when it comes to the Royal Family. They, too, have nicknames and the reasons behind them are quite fascinating. To learn about some of the most interesting ones, read on:
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen has many titles, most of them are very formal with historical and traditional significance behind them. But there's one title that certainly has SOME sort of significance, but no one will fess-up as to the reason the name stuck. We got a clue to what it is in the 2006 film, "The Queen."
There's a scene in which "Prince Philip gets into bed next to Elizabeth and says, ‘Move over, cabbage.’ Screenwriter Peter Morgan said he heard 'on very good authority' that is indeed the duke's nickname for his wife, and biographer Robert Lacey corroborated that claim, as The Sunday Times reported."
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
According to Closer Weekly, here's what the Duke of Cambridge had to say about his unusual nickname: “'It began when I was two. I've been rightfully told because I can't remember back that far. But we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, you know, that's the local animal…
"'So I just basically got called that. Not because I look like a wombat — or maybe I do.' While studying at the University of St. Andrews, William reportedly went under the alias Steve to avoid attention. These days, however, his friends call him Wills."
Prince Harry has, reportedly, been called "Spike" by his friends for years.
In fact, Harry's secret Facebook account that was closed down in 2012 for security (and propriety) reasons was under the name "Spike Wells."
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Kate's nickname harkens back to her childhood. Having a sister named, "Pippa" can you guess what her alter-ego was?
She also named her pet guinea pigs after he sister and herself, “There was one called Pip and one called Squeak because my sister was called Pippa and I was Squeak." Adorable!!
Diana, Princess of Wales
The beloved, late princess was a favorite Royal, worldwide. The press loved to cover her every waking moment, and they played around with a lot of monikers for the beautiful lady, some flattering, some not so much.
The first one I remember is "Shy Di" a name that was given when the world first set eyes on the princess-to-be. It had to do with her unassuming stance and the way she tilted her head downward, raising her eyes, as if afraid to make eye contact.
Diana's most significant and everlasting nickname is one we have all heard. And there is no doubt in anyone's mind why the name stuck.
Then Prime Minister Tony Blair is believed to have originally coined the term at her funeral in 1997. "She was the People's Princess and that is how she will stay, how she will remain in our hearts and our memories forever," he said, per BBC News.
To see the first interview Diana and Charles gave after they announced their engagement, watch the video, below.