The rise and fall of “Gary” – From Royal Moniker to Threat of Extinction

The Queen is normally addressed as ‘Her Royal Majesty’ along with a bow or a curtsy. But the Royal household has a number of affectionate – and hilarious – nicknames for the monarch, which are only used behind closed doors. For example, Prince William comically called the Queen “Gary” when he was young after struggling to correctly pronounce “Granny”. On one occasion, having fallen over as toddler at the palace the young prince called out for “Gary”, and before anyone could go in search of the household servant of that name, the Queen promptly stepped in, picked up the toddler, explaining, “I’m Gary. He hasn’t learned to say Granny yet”. It appears that she doesn’t escape from another dubious moniker from her three year old great grandson, George, who refers to her as “Gan-Gan”, supposedly a name adopted by Prince Charles, William, and Harry to address their respective great-grandmothers.

It seems, however that the name Gary is on its way to becoming extinct after being one of the most popular names for baby boys in previous decades. This is despite famous Garys having flown the flag for their namesakes all over the world such as US actor Coleman, footballer Neville, UK actor Oldman, Take That singer Barlow, 1980s pop supremo Kemp and footballer-turned-pundit Lineker…