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Re: Your Majesty
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Posted by Bjarne Birkrem on 13/10/2021, 23:27:32, in reply to "Re: Your Majesty
I would think that we should distinguish between public occasions and private occasions within the family.
Thus, e.g., the Prince of Wales would address the Queen as "Your Majesty" in public, but privately, within the family, he would address her as "Mummy".
But both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother were "Your Majesty" for the rest of their lives, too. Does this mean that the new queen regnant addressed them likewise, as well?
Yes, it is expected of all. Queen Mary made a point of addressing the nearly ascended Queen Elizabeth II as "Your Majesty" and curtsying to her upon the latter's return to Britain after George VI's death.
Is it customary for ALL the members of a royal house to address a king, sovereign queen, queen consort, or dowager queen -- regardless of relationship? What if you were the mother of the reigning monarch? Or an abdicated sovereign who was the parent of the reigning monarch? Or any older relative? Just who, if anybody, has been on a first-name basis with a reigning monarch, anyway? Would even children have to say "Your Majesty", instead of "Mama", "Papa", etc.?
I ask this because of a biopic I once watched about King Ludwig II of Bavaria. In it, his uncle Luitpold actually addressed him by his first name -- even right after his nephew's accession to the throne. His oldest brother, King Maximilian II (father of Kings Ludwig II and Otto), had just died. Yet, he said "You can count on me, Ludwig; I will always stand by you during these darkest hours, just as I promised by deceased brother."
His mother, the new dowager queen (born Princess Marie of Prussia) also addressed him by his first name. Later on his sweetheart and kinswoman, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria (youngest and favorite sister of Empress Elisabeth of Austria), mindful of committing any faux pas, asked "Do I have to call you Your Majesty, now, or can I still call you Ludwig?"