British Royal Family Back in the Spotlight

All eyes have been on the British royal family in recent weeks. From the fascination surrounding the controversial Oprah interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the death of the family patriarch, Prince Philip, this family has been back in the spotlight. As such, it comes as no surprise that more people have noticed that Queen Elizabeth II often signs her name on official documents as “Elizabeth R.” But what does this mean?

Explaining the R

You are not alone if you naturally assume that the R stands for some type of an initial representing a surname. However, it actually stands for “regina.” Translated from Latin, this means “queen.”


Over the course of time, the Queen has signed her name in this manner on a variety of documents, including guest books, official state correspondence, and even on her first tweet. She most recently signed off this way on a message on her 95th birthday.

Nickname of Lilibet

While the Queen may sign off as Elizabeth R on many pieces of correspondence, her close family and friends know her more fondly as Lilibet. She has used this nickname since she was a child, often signing more personal pieces of correspondence using this name instead.

It is also a well-known fact by many royal family enthusiasts that Prince Philip’s preferred name for his wife was Lilibet.


This makes it no surprise that a handwritten note by the Queen to her Prince was placed on his coffin at the memorial service signed off by Lilibet. Many royal experts speculate that Philip was likely the last person to call the Queen Lilibet.