Prince Charles has revealed he will insist on being called “Grandpa” by Prince George.
The Prince of Wales announced his preference to an elderly well-wisher at the Sandringham Flower Show.
Charles, who was accompanied by his wife Camilla, told Keith Dixon, 70, from Oundle, Northants he wanted to be known as “grandpa” and not “granddad”.
He then told another member of the crowd he plans to be hands-on with his first grandson.
But he added he may take some babysitting lessons first as it was so long since he helped with his own children.
Freda Aspinall, 73, of Chatteris, Cambs., said: “He told me ‘I think I’m going to have to go on a babysitting course as it’s a while since I have done this sort of thing’.
“I then said to Camilla: ‘What does the baby look like?’
“She said that he looks absolutely gorgeous – that he doesn’t really look like anyone else at the moment but that he’s a really beautiful baby.”
During the visit Prince Charles hinted at his excitement at George’s arrival by telling 10-year-old Rebecca Haime from Brundall, Norfolk, he hopes she has nice grandparents.
He also joked with fellow grandparent Anne Lee, 62, from Dereham, Norfolk that she had beaten him to it by two years.
The couple were given a large numbers of gifts for Prince George including a hand-made shawl and an array of teddy bears and flowers.
Charles was pictured face to face with Zephyr, a huge bald eagle which will become the mascot of the Army Air Corps.
When asked what she would like to be called by baby George the Duchess of Cornwall said the family “haven’t decided” for certain.
But she revealed her own grandchildren use the quirky name GaGa – which avoids the dilemma of whether or not to call her ‘gran’.
She said: “My own grandchildren call me GaGa.”
“I don’t know if they think it’s because I am! It is funny but is still very sweet.”