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roy·al touch

a touching of a patient by the king, which was thought to be curative; usually applied to patients with scrofula, but also done with patients with enlarged lymph glands (buboes) related to plague.
The tapping or touching of a person with scrofula—primary tuberculosis of cervical lymph nodes—by a king which was meant to cure them of the disease

royal touch,

n the ancient belief in the healing power of the hands of sovereign leaders.
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20) Nor do I know of any Russian equivalent to the belief that lions would not attack a true king, which is noted by Bloch in medieval France and England (The Royal Touch, 1-2, 148).
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One enterprising Scottish merchant even ran special trips from Newcastle twice a year, taking boat-loads of scrofula sufferers to Charles, wherever he was, to receive the royal touch.
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Gloria Lang, an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology who was a former vice president of the towel division of Fieldcrest, said the first towel from Cannon was branded Royal Touch.
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Prince Charles' executive chef, Carolyn Robb, introduced The Royal Touch, a food and kitchen brand, and signed Gelson's supermarkets as a licensee for gourmet cakes and desserts.
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The president's family is the closest America gets to royalty, so Katie wanted to lend a royal touch to her character ( which means some pretty elaborate dresses.
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