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Queen's bodyguards call her 'Sharon' when she's on public engagements

Mirror logo Mirror 9/10/2019 Joseph Wilkes

You may know her as Her Majesty or Her Royal Highness - but when out and about on royal engagements Queen Elizabeth is known by a very different name.

To protect her identity, bodyguards are said to use the code name 'Sharon' for the Queen.

Security protection officers and staff also refer to the 93-year-old as 'S' in written communications, which is thought to be a reference to her being the Sovereign.

The Sun reports that the code name was revealed by a royal aide who was visiting a cathedral town on reconnaissance ahead of a royal visit.

He is said to have said: "She's written down as 'S' before cupping his hand over his mouth and whispering "it's Sharon" when pressed on what "S" stood for.

Hugo Vickers, a royal historian, told the publication : "It is highly likely. The purpose of any sobriquet is that it should be anonymous and memorable. 

"If it can also be a bit mischievous and therefore all the more memorable, then that makes sense. Although S might simply stand for Sovereign of course.

Former US President Barack was called 'Renegade' by his security team, and Trump is said to be known as 'Mogul' - probably a nod to his power as a businessman prior to taking office.

Mail Online reports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's codenames are David Stevens and Davina Scott.

And the royals have adorable nicknames for each other too, with young Prince George calling his grandmother 'Gan-Gan'.

Prince Philip refers to his wife Elizabeth as 'Lilibet' - as viewers of Netflix's The Crown will no-doubt know - and it's reported he sometimes calls her 'sausage' when they are alone together.

Kate calls hubby William Baldy, while he refers to her as the Duchess of Dolittle , which could be a reference to reports the Queen was worried about her lack of career when they started dating. 

The Queen is also jokingly called 'Gary',courtesy of Prince William who struggled to pronounce 'Granny' when little.

Columnist Richard Kay revealed how the young prince began bawling "Gary, Gary" after falling over in Buckingham Palace once as a child.

Asked who Gary was as she picked up her grandson, the Queen replied: "I'm Gary. He hasn't learned to say granny yet."

The royals have another cute name for the head of the family - Mama .

However new additions to the family, like Kate and Meghan, aren't allowed to use the nickname until they've got to know her better.

According to royal sources, Prince Charles calls Meghan Markle 'Tungsten', because, just like the super-tough metal, she's "tough and unbending". 

Prince William picked the name 'Steve' during his years at the University of St Andrew's .

During a day out at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016, Wills and Kate were overheard referring to each other as "darling" and "babe".

Kate didn't actually become 'Kate' until she went to university, and she went by her full name Catherine when she was growing up.

At school, her nickname came from the class guinea pig.

Speaking during a visit to her old school St Andrews, in Pangbourne, Berkshire, she explained: "There was one called Pip and one called Squeak, so my sister was called Pip and I was Squeak".

When she was a bit older, her friends at Marlborough College called her the 'Princess-in-waiting'.

When he was younger Prince Harry used to have a secret Facebook page , but signed up with a code name - Spike Wells.

Meghan Markle's pals also have their own nickname for the prince, Hazza, but he's understood to not be a fan.

Princess Diana used to call her first born Prince William by the cute nickname 'Wombat'.

William said: "It began when I was two. I've been rightfully told because I can't remember back that far.

"But when we went to Australia with our parents, and the wombat, you know, that's the local animal.

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