While our grandmothers were telling us stories in our childhood, the Queen was giving her grandson, William, lessons on how to rule the well-established British Empire.
Prince William has given an insight into Queen Elizabeth’s life not just as Britain’s longest-ruling monarch, but as a grandma!
Kate Middleton has previously revealed intimate details that her son Prince George and Princess Charlotte calls the monarch, their great grandmother, as Gan-Gan. She also revealed how much the Queen was thrilled when Princess Charlotte was born. The Queen even made a homemade treat she personally confected gifts for her royal grandmother-in-law.
Grandson Prince William pays tribute to his grandmother, saying: “Growing up, having this figurehead, having this stability above me has been incredible. I have been able to explore, understand, slightly carve my own path. I greatly appreciate and value that protection.”
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As for how members of the public react to meeting his grandma, he added: “A lot of people get very excited and sort of nervous around her. And I’ve seen some very comical moments. I’ve seen people literally faint in front of her. It’s quite a startling moment as to what to do when you faint in front of the Queen! There are a lot of trembling knees and people can’t talk sometimes. It’s quite difficult talking to people when they can’t talk. You don’t get very far; I don’t get past the ‘Hello’s.”
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His brother Prince Harry praised Queen Elizabeth’s devotion to her duties and to the Commonwealth – whose membership has grown to 53 nations during her reign.
He said: “I look at the Commonwealth and think, ‘Look how much it’s achieved… She should be incredibly proud of what she’s led and what she’s achieved and what she’s created amongst a huge amount of people from different ethnic backgrounds, different skin colours, different experiences, different islands – whatever it be. Hats off to her, it’s incredible.”
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The Queen made her first visit to a Commonwealth country – South Africa – in 1947, where she celebrated her 21st birthday and made her historic broadcast pledging her “whole life, whether it be long or short” to her people.
The Queen has four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren as of now.
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