The Prince of Wales’ touching speech at the Coronation concert revealed the sweet – if not antiquated – nicknames that he, and his father the King, are called by their respective children.
As Prince William took to the stage to pay tribute to the King, following a rousing performance by Charles’ close friend Lionel Richie, Princess Charlotte spotted her father on stage – and uttered the affectionate address.
According to lip reader Jacqui Press, the eight-year-old royal apparently said: ‘Look! There’s papa,’ when noticing the Prince of Wales making his way across the platform to give his speech.
Charlotte gestured to Prince William while turning to her brother Prince George to ensure he was watching their father’s big moment.
And moments later Prince William shared his own pet name for his father – again one that might be considered old-fashioned if it were used by members of any other social class.
Princess Charlotte apparently said: ‘Look! There’s [Papa],’ when noticing the Prince of Wales making his way across the platform to give his speech at the music extravaganza this evening, according to lip reader Jacqui Press
Prince William paid a moving tribute to his father, telling him: ‘Pa, we are all so proud of you’
Despite the formality of the moment, the 40-year-old royal referred to his father in more relaxed terms, laying bear the close relationship between father and son.
He told him: ‘Pa, we are all so proud of you.’
The term ‘pa’ has, it’s thought, always been used by both Prince William and Prince Harry to address their father – even during their childhood.
William also told King Charles that he had no doubt the late Queen Elizabeth, his ‘very proud mother’, would be ‘fondly’ looking down from heaven.
While mere mortals in British society might use ‘mum and dad’, to refer to their parents, the upper classes and blue-blooded royalty are often known refer to their parents as ‘mummy and daddy’ – with ‘papa’ and ‘pa’, and ‘ma’ma’ also commonly used.
Indeed the King frequently used to refer to his mother, the late Queen as ‘Mummy’ or ‘Ma’ma’.
In his first address to the nation following her death on September 8th 2022, the King said of his late mother: ‘To my darling Ma’ma, thank you, thank you’, as he hailed Elizabeth II as an ‘inspiration and an example to me and to all my family’.
The moment offered insight into how names such as ‘pa’ and ‘papa’ are still used by the upper classes and royalty
‘Pa, we’re all so proud:’ Prince William’s touching tribute to his father in full
The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the King on stage at the coronation concert.
Here is the full text of William’s speech: ‘Good evening Your Majesties. Good evening Windsor!
‘A huge thank you to everyone for making this such a special evening.
‘I want to say a few words about my father, and why I believe this weekend is so important.
‘But don’t worry, unlike Lionel, I won’t go on all night long.
‘As my grandmother said when she was crowned, coronations are a declaration of our hopes for the future.
‘And I know she’s up there, fondly keeping an eye on us. And she would be a very proud mother.
‘For all that celebrations are magnificent, at the heart of the pageantry is a simple message: Service.
‘My father’s first words on entering Westminster Abbey yesterday were a pledge of service.
‘It was a pledge to continue to serve.
‘Because for over 50 years, in every corner of the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world, he has dedicated himself to serve others, both current and future generations, and those whose memory must not be neglected.
‘Take the natural world. He warned us of the risks to our planet’s health long before it was an everyday issue.
‘Or the Prince’s Trust. It has supported over a million young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, to realise their ambitions.
‘And, perhaps most importantly of all, my father has always understood that people of all faiths, all backgrounds, and all communities, deserve to be celebrated and supported.
‘Pa, we are all so proud of you.
‘I also want to express my pride and gratitude for the millions of people who serve, in the forces, in classrooms, hospital wards and local communities.
‘I wish I could mention you all. Your service inspires us. And tonight we celebrate you too.
‘I commit myself to serve you all. King, country and Commonwealth.
‘God save the King!’
When Prince Philip died at the age of 99 in April 2021, the King also used the term ‘papa’ to mourn his father and again in his speech following the Queen’s death, saying: ‘And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.’
Away from the more traditional maternal and paternal monikers, the royals have disclosed a variety of nicknames used for each other over the decades.
Prince William revealed back in 2007, to NBC, that a trip to Australia as a youngster saw him dubbed ‘wombat’.
Arise Gladys and Fred! It’s not clear whether these nicknames have stood the test of time but apparently Charles and Camilla used to call each other Gladys and Fred, inspired by ‘The Goon Show’, which ran from the 50s to the 70s on BBC radio
He told Matt Lauer from the channel: ‘When we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, that’s the local animal. So, I just basically got called that. Not because I look like a wombat, or maybe I do.’
And more recently one of the biggest revelations to come out of Harry’s tell-all memoir Spare was how the now warring brothers addressed each other, with Harry revealing the siblings called each other ‘Willy’ and ‘Harold’.
Harry’s nickname for William cropped up in the book just before the pair had a ‘fight’ and William went to get a glass of water in the kitchen. Harry said: ‘Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this.’
And the King and Queen? Fans of the Crown may remember scenes where Charles used to call Camilla ‘Gladys’ and Camilla called Charles ‘Fred’.
Its is thought these pet names were inspired from ‘The Goon Show’ on BBC radio and apparently predated Charles’s relationship with Diana as the pair used them when they dated in their early twenties.