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Your Royal Highness’s most humble and obedient servant.

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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,

Sir,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archevêque=Monseigneur

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

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  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?

    pinkie

    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.

    Dean

    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


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