Tendance Coatesy

Left Socialist Blog

Your Royal Highness’s most humble and obedient servant.

with 4 comments


As a young French learner I had the honour of apprehending some handy formulas for addressing his Majesty, which readily translate as I am your groveling servant.

Apparently the same exists in English.

Humble and obedient? How ministers defied etiquette in replies to Charles


I have the honour to remain,


Your Royal Highness’s most humble and obedient servant.

French examples:

(Prince)Je vous prie d’agréer, Prince,



Hautes autorités religieuses  























Les religieux (euses)

  Pape=Très saint père









Cardinal = éminence








Evêque =monseigneur








Mon père

Ma sœur

Monsieur le curé

Monsieur l’abbé

 J’ai l’honneur d’être avec le plus profond respect, de Votre Sainteté, le très humble et dévoué serviteur. 

Daignez, Votre Éminence, agréer l’expression de mon très profond respect.


Daignez, Votre Excellence, agréer l’expression de ma très respectueuse considération.


Je vous prie d’agréer, (titre), l’expression de mon respectueux souvenir.





Written by Andrew Coates

May 14, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

4 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I expect that these sign offs are by the book. How shameful that Labour heavies can’t rely upon normal behaviour. Once you start grovelling when does it stop?


    May 14, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  2. Just normal business English, one hundred years ago. What’s the big deal? Have you guys never heard of lying through your teeth? It goes on all over the world and is expected in some quarters. As for the content of the letters, from what I heard on the news, just the normal views of a large landowner and former Army Officer that Charles is. Nothing about burning the peasants and killing hunt sabateurs. It’s called the Royal Perogative by the way.

    Sue R

    May 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

  3. at least Galloway doesn’t grovel.


    May 14, 2015 at 11:24 pm

  4. Not to the Windsors, but he has been known to praise the ‘indefatigablity’ etc of other leaders.

    Sue R

    May 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: