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Stacey Leasca
September 28, 2017

Queen Elizabeth goes by many names: Her Majesty, Her Royal Highness and, more technically, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Of course, if you’re a member of the royal family you simply know her as mother, or perhaps grandmother. And if you’re Prince Phillip, you apparently call her “Cabbage.”

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As Reader’s Digest unearthed, in the 2006 film The Queen, James Cromwell (who played the part of Prince Philip) turned to Helen Mirren (who played Queen Elizabeth) and said, “move over, Cabbage.”

It turns out this wasn’t a bit of movie improvisation, but rather a moment inspired by real life.

“I inquired in royal circles, and was told on very good authority that that is what the duke sometimes calls the Queen,” Peter Morgan, the film’s screenwriter, shared with The Times.

Robert Lacey, the Queen’s biographer, also confirmed the adorable nickname. "Yes, I've heard that this is how he will sometimes refer to her, Lacey told The Times.

“Cabbage” isn’t the Queen’s only familial nickname. Little Prince George calls her “Gan-Gan,” which PopSugar explained has been the royal nickname for great-grandparents for generations.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth's lifelong friends allegedly forgo all formality, and teasingly call her “Lilibet." This came about because, as a young child, the Queen apparently struggled to pronounce her name.

But considering she’s the Queen of England, we say she can call herself anything she wants. (Though Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith, is a bit of a mouthful.)

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