royal we

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royal we

The use by a monarch of the plural personal pronoun to refer to him- or herself (e.g., as we or ourselves), which suggests that he or she is something more than a singular and speaks as a representative of the people.
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This type of "we" narration is neither a case of pluralis modestatis, employed to demonstrate the modest opinion of the narrator, nor a case of pluralis majestatis ("royal we"), which lays emphasis on the praiseworthiness of the narrator who presents (or addresses) herself or himself in the plural.
Her exclusive usage is interesting as she repeatedly employs the "royal we" or the "pluralis majestatis" (Helmbrecht 34) with herself as the primary referent and her advisors as implied referents.
Juliana also refused to use the pluralis majestatis or royal 'we', preferring to say 'my husband and I'.