Today would have been Princess Diana’s 59th birthday and we’re celebrating it by looking back on her royal life. It’s incredible that we’re still able to learn so much about her after all this time — like her special nickname for her mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth.
Of course, Elizabeth has many official titles, like Her Majesty, Her Royal Highness, or simply “ma’am.” She is even considered a duke, not a queen or duchess, in certain parts of her commonwealth. But we love learning the more affectionate monikers used within the family — such as hubby Prince Philip referring to her as his “cabbage” while the grandchildren fondly call her “Gan Gan.”
According to Marie Claire, Princess Diana had her own simple, yet incredibly sweet nickname for Elizabeth: “Mama.” How adorable is that? She isn’t the only one to use the familiar name for the queen, though. Her daughters-in-law, Kate and Meghan, also use it while chatting with Elizabeth. Likewise, Sophie, Countess of Wessex and wife to Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward, called her “mama” in a recent speech, so it’s probably safe to say the monarch has a soft spot for her as well. Honestly, imagine how awkward it would be to call your mother or grandmother-in-law Her Majesty every time you had a family event!
Still, we can’t help but feel like Diana’s use of the charming name holds a little extra special weight to it, especially considering she was able to continue doing so even after things ended between her and Charles.
It’s small things like this that prove just how much Elizabeth cared for Diana, and vice versa — despite what any rumor or tabloid might try to make us believe otherwise. And we’re sure Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family are taking time today to look back on these fond stories about Diana as they remember her today.