It can’t be easy having The Queen as your great-granny. Always having to watch your Ps and Qs, knowing that every time you knock over an old vase on her coffee table you’ve probably just written off a priceless heirloom.
But the Duchess of Cambridge has opened up about the special bond between her children and the monarch.
Speaking in a new ITV documentary to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, Kate reveals that her grandmother-in-law is much beloved by the adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
"George is only 2 ½ and he calls her 'Gan-Gan,' " said Kate. "She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family."
The Duchess also opened up about how thrilled she was to have Charlotte. "It's very special having a new little girl … I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister," she said, adding: "The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington she was one of our first visitors here."
Kate also speaks about her relationship with The Queen, revealing that she’s been very supportive about her joining the family. Speaking about their first engagement just the two of them in 2012, Kate said: "I went without William, so I was rather apprehensive about that. I think there is a real art to walkabouts. Everyone teases me in the family that I spend far too long chatting. So I think I've still got to learn a little bit more and to pick up a few more tips I suppose.
"She was very supportive. The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion, which probably in everything that she's doing is a very small element, it shows just how caring she is really.
"She's been very generous in not being forceful at all and in any of her views, but I feel she's been there, a gentle guidance really for me."
This is Kate’s first solo TV interview since joining the royal family in 2011, and the documentary will air on ITV on 27 March.