In honor of the Queen's 90th birthday, a bunch of royal family members sat down for interviews for a special documentary (airing March 27) that shares such fun and mundane facts as how the Queen liked to catch leaves as a child. One of the family members who chatted ever so politely about Queen Elizabeth II—whose big birthday is on April 21—was the Duchess of Cambridge. Speaking in a television interview for the first time by her herself, Duchess Kate had only nice things to say, because that's her job.
"I can remember being at Sandringham [one of the royal estates], for the first time, at Christmas," the Duchess recounted, "and I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?'"
That's a serious conundrum—what on earth does a simple plebeian give the matriarch of her husband's family and (symbolic) ruler of a country.
"I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents," Kate said of the 2011 visit, "and I thought, ‘I’ll make her something,' which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney." How personal and uninteresting at the same time.
In the end, the chutney was a success since Duchess Kate is perfect. And because this documentary is all about praising the Queen, Kate revealed that the Queen even placed the chutney on the table for a meal the next day, which Kate found very touching. “I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody.”
Among other salient factoids the Duchess shared was that Prince George, the oldest of her two children, calls the Queen and his great-grandmother "Gan-Gan."
Queen Gan-Gan has a nice ring to it.