Prince William’s cute nickname for Princess Charlotte – but Kate won’t use it

The Royal Family are known all over the world by their long, official titles, whether that is The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cambridge or The Countess of Wessex.

The current royals are the descendants from an unbroken sovereign chain which stretches back nearly 1,000 years and includes some of the most famous historical figures, from William the Conqueror to Henry VIII.

But behind the formality and away from the glaring media spotlight, the royals are just like any other family.

They share jokes, buy each other ridiculous presents and even have silly nicknames for one another. But Princess Charlotte’s pet name isn’t just funny, it is one of the poshest terms of endearment you’ll ever hear.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born on May 2, 2015 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington and is the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

It is a royal tradition that while a royal is at school or while they are working in a professional capacity that they are known by their first name and use their parent’s title as a last name.

This means that Princess Charlotte is known as Charlotte Cambridge to her classmates and teachers. The same goes for her older brother as he is known as George Cambridge at school, and it is likely that younger brother Louis uses the same style.

Prince William and Prince Harry also adopted this tradition during their education and time in the military. They both took the last name of Wales after their father’s title of the Prince of Wales.

But this isn’t the only different name that Princess Charlotte goes by. Her father was heard using a rather sweet nickname for his daughter when they visited the Chelsea Flower Show.

The family had come to visit the ‘Back to Nature’ garden designed by the Duchess of Cambridge and while playing on a swing in the garden, William called out to his daughter, asking her to come and give him a push.

But instead of saying ‘Charlotte’, he called for ‘Mignonette’. The French word is said to mean “small, sweet, and delicate” or “cute”. Princess Charlotte isn’t the only member of the Royal Family who has a family nickname.

Her big brother nickname was coined by his classmates at school as they are said to call him ‘PG’ – owing to his initials. This nickname is also said to have spread to the Cambridge household, with his parents calling him both ‘PG’ and ‘Tips’ – after the famous British tea brand, PG Tips.