Queen and her great grandchildren have ‘happy and warm’ bond despite family turmoil

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The Queen's relationship with her grandchildren and great grandchildren is "unaffectedly happy" despite recent family turmoil, a royal author says.

It was reported last month that Her Majesty Zoom called Archie for his birthday and the nation delighted in the news two years ago that Prince George calls his great-grandmother 'Gan Gan'.

Now, acclaimed royal author Matthew Dennison has revealed the 95-year-old monarch is still just as close to her youngest family members.

"The Queen’s relationship with her grandchildren and great grandchildren seems to be unaffectedly happy," he tells OK!.

"They all adore their grandmother. They clearly do have great respect for her as the Queen and they know that she’s not necessarily the same as everyone else’s granny but it seems a genuinely warm and affectionate relationship.

"She's a brilliant grandmother and great grandmother and it’s not distorted by her role as a monarch."


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Matthew says the Queen's relationship with her younger relatives will no doubt have been informed by the fondness she feels for her own childhood.

A young Queen Elizabeth found great pleasure in family life as a little girl.

Writing to the Queen Mother from her honeymoon in 1947, Princess Elizabeth thanked her mother for "the happy atmosphere of love and fairness which Margaret and I have grown up in".

"It genuinely was an incredibly happy childhood," Matthew says.

"Her parents worked really hard to make it happy but also the Queen as a little girl was completely enchanting. She was a very special child.

"We know that in the 1930s if someone was writing about royalty it would all be highly, highly favourable, but the way writers and journalists responded to little Princess Elizabeth went beyond that.

"This idea that she was as bright as an atom of radium. She was a dazzling little creature and people adored her. She wrote her mother a letter from her honeymoon in which she expressed her sincere thanks and gratitude for being able to have a wonderful childhood."

The Queen turned 95 last month, marking a significant milestone for the monarch, but celebrations were muted as the occasion fell just days after the funeral of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at 99.

Next Saturday, all eyes will be on the monarch as the country celebrates her official birthday outside Buckingham Palace with flag-waving and festivities on the Mall.

Matthew Dennison's biography of the Queen is published on Thursday 3 June

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