Queen Elizabeth is rarely seen with her great-grandchildren in public. And when they are together, it is uncommon to see her giving them a kiss.

On the online forum site Quora, royal fans talked about whether or not Her Majesty is really unaffectionate as she seems to be when it comes to the young royals. There are also rumors suggesting that she normally shakes hands with them instead of kissing them.

Eileen Wood, a real estate assistant, said that in private, Her Majesty is most definitely just like any other grandmother or great-grandmother.

“The great-grandchildren’s interaction with her is largely kept very private, simply because the children don’t need to have their lives splashed across the tabloid headlines any sooner than absolutely necessary. In private, she’s reportedly quite affectionate as well as funny as hell,” she said.

Sharon Wolfgang said that she knows for a fact that the Queen interacts with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren whenever she has the chance and she’s also quite affectionate towards them.

The royal fan watched a documentary on television where Her Majesty swooped Prince Harry after he appeared to be looking bored during a royal engagement. The Queen doted at his grandson and she also carried him and entertained him with ease.

Jason St. Pierre agreed with Wolfgang. He said that there was also an instance wherein a young Prince William tripped and fell. While he was crying hysterically, he called on to someone named “Gary.” The Queen immediately rushed to her grandson and said that he was referring to her. At that time, Prince William couldn’t pronounce Granny yet.

Ron Tocknell said that the real answer to the question may only be given by the Queen herself of the people closest to her.

“Regardless of any photographs or footage showing the Queen interacting with her family, we see only the behavior that the Queen is prepared to present to a camera. Much of that is likely to be staged anyway,” he said.

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives before the Opening of the Flanders' Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks on Nov. 6, 2014, in London, England. Getty Images/Stefan Wermuth-WPA Pool