WE all know that The Queen was always lovingly referred to as “Lilibet” by her family – but it turns out Prince Philip’s mother also had a heartwarming pet name for him too.
Although the Prince was sixth in line to the Greek throne when he was born on 10 June 1921, his family were exiled and the late Duke of Edinburgh was separated from his parents and raised in the UK.
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Prince Philip was sixth in line to the Greek throne when he was born on 10 June 1921
As the Daily Mail‘s Hugo Vickers reports, Prince Philip didn’t hear from his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg for seven years while he was attending prep school and she was receiving experimental treatment for schizophrenia in Germany.
When he was 16 years old, the publication reports that he was reunited with his mother – and she would write him letters in which she lovingly referred to him as “Bubbikins”.
During WWII, Prince Philip – encouraged by his maternal uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten – enrolled in the Royal Navy.
Meanwhile, his mother returned to Athens and ran soup kitchens for the homeless and put her life at risk by hiding her Jewish friend Rachel Cohen and her two children from the Nazis.
Princess Anne spent her last two years living in Buckingham PalaceCredit: Getty
Prince Philip’s family were exiled and he was raised in the UKCredit: Getty
Although mother and son lived largely separate lives, Alice – who became a nun after the war ended – frequently wrote loving letters to her son.
Describing how Princess Anne referred to her son as “Bubbikins”, the publication reports: “The letters made it plain how proud she was of him.”
In one letter, she reportedly wrote: “Congratulations on what you have achieved. My doctor assures me there’s not one man in the whole of Germany who is not devoted to you.”
What’s more, the Princess – who lived in Buckingham Palace for the last two years of her life – also reportedly referred to her daughter-in-law as “Lilibet” like the rest of the Royal Family.
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