Queen Elizabeth thinks this completely normal word is “vulgar”

We already know the 9 foods Queen Elizabeth II refuses to eat and the four countries she’s never visited. And we now know which word will never slip out of her mouth.

Your first guess would probably be that the Queen turns up her nose at curse words, but that might not be true. She doesn’t swear publicly, but comedian Brian Blessed claims Her Majesty said the F-word when talking about one of his appearances on the TV show Have I Got News For You. Granted, she was talking about the Anglo-Saxon origins of the word that he uses so much—not cursing him out. Still, the idea of the 91-year-old monarch swearing is still amusing.

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THEY MUST ACCEPT ALL GIFTS GRACIOUSLY

While the royal family has to accept every gift that they receive (even if it’s something super lame), it’s up to Queen Elizabeth who gets to keep which gift.

PRINCE PHILIP IS REQUIRED TO WALK BEHIND THE QUEEN

Since their marriage, Her Majesty’s husband must walk a few steps behind her at all times. Who run the world?

THERE’S A STRICT DRESS CODE

Members of the royal family are expected to dress modestly and never overtly casual. (Serious question: Can you imagine a life without sweatpants?) That doesn’t mean that they can’t have some fun, though.

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THEY CAN’T JUST PROPOSE WILLY-NILLY

According to the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, royal descendants must seek the monarch’s approval before proposing. (AhemHarry and Meghan.)

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TWO HEIRS CANNOT FLY TOGETHER

That’s in case something tragic were to happen. Once Prince George (who is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William) turns 12, he will have to fly separately from his dad.

AND THEY ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH AN ALL-BLACK ENSEMBLE

The royal family is nothing if not prepared. A respectable all-black outfit is packed with them on their travels in case of a sudden death and they must attend a funeral.

PDA IS FROWNED UPON

Although there is no formal law that forbids future monarchs from showing affection, Queen Elizabeth II set a precedent that encourages royals to keep their hands to themselves. Which is why you rarely see Prince William and Kate Middleton smooching in public, or even holding hands. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the other hand, are not under as much pressure to adhere to this protocol.

NO POLITICS ALLOWED

Members of the royal family are not allowed to vote or even publicly express their opinion on political matters.

WHEN THE QUEEN STANDS, SO DO YOU

And don’t even think about sitting until Her Majesty has done so.

BUT THE QUEEN IS NOT ALLOWED TO SIT ON A FOREIGN THRONE

Even if the throne is from the Seven Kingdoms.

THEY LEAVE THE TABLE DISCREETLY

If a royal must use the restroom during a meal, they don’t announce it to the table. Instead, they apparently simply say “Excuse me,” and that’s that. (If only your toddler would do the same.)

YOU MUST ADDRESS ROYALS PROPERLY

This one’s a little confusing. Apparently, when you first meet the queen, you should address her as “Your Majesty” and then “Ma'am.” For other female members of the royal family, you should use “Your Royal Highness,” and then again “Ma'am” in later conversation. For male royals, it's “Your Royal Highness” and then “Sir.” And under no circumstances should you address the queen as “Liz.”

THERE ARE NO AUTOGRAPHS OR SELFIES ALLOWED

So put that selfie stick away.

TIARAS ARE ONLY WORN BY MARRIED WOMEN

No ring? No tiara.

THEY RARELY EAT SHELLFISH

This isn’t a requirement, but a wise rule that many royals, including Queen Elizabeth, adhere to because of the increased likelihood of food poisoning. 

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CURTSIES ARE ENCOURAGED

While the official website for the British Monarchy says that there are “no obligatory codes of behaviour when meeting the queen or a member of the Royal Family,” it also states that many people wish to observe the traditional forms. That means a neck bow (from the head only) for men and a small curtsy for women.

WHEN THE QUEEN FINISHES EATING, THEN SO MUST YOU

Dining with royalty? No extra portions for you.

THE QUEEN SIGNALS WHEN A CONVERSATION IS OVER

If you see Her Majesty move her purse from her left arm to her right, then it’s time to stop talking. That apparently signals to her staff that she’s ready to move on.

SIX RAVENS MUST LIVE AT THE TOWER OF LONDON

According to legend, at least six ravens must remain at the giant fortress or else the monarchy will fall. But no one actually believes that, do they? Well, apparently so, since there are indeed seven (one spare) birds living at the Tower currently.

ROYAL WEDDING BOUQUETS CONTAIN MYRTLE

This tradition started with Queen Victoria and continued with the Duchess of Cambridge's marriage in 2011. This pretty flower symbolizes good luck in love and marriage. Aww...

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THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY MONOPOLY

When the Duke of York was presented with the board game, he revealed that it’s forbidden in the royal household because “it gets too vicious.” Royals—they’re just like us.

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But there’s another word Queen Elizabeth cannot stand—and it’s nothing you’d ever guess. According to Us Weekly, a palace source says the Queen finds the word “pregnant” to be a “vulgar” word. Here are 8 more words you will never hear anyone in the royal family say.

No, Queen Elizabeth doesn’t just refuse to acknowledge expectant women. After all, Meghan Markle is currently carrying the queen’s eighth great-grandchild. Apparently, the Queen prefers to say pregnant women are “in the family way” as a more polite term. The phrase started as a slang term in the 17th century, according to Merriam-Webster. It’s dying out now, but apparently Her Majesty still likes the sound of it. How quaint!

Next, don’t miss these 50 other things you never knew about the British royal family.

[Source: CheatSheet]

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United States President Dwight Eisenhower

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French President Rene Coty

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Russian Leader Georgi Malenkov

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Russian Leader Nikita Khruschchev

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British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan

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British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden

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French President General Charles de Gaulle

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United States President John F. Kennedy

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British Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home

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United States President Lyndon B. Johnson

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German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard

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German Chancellor Kurt-Georg Kiesinger

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United States President Richard Nixon

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British Prime Minister Edward Heath

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French President Pompidou

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German Chancellor Willy Brandt

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United States President Gerald Ford

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French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing

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German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt

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Russian Leader Leonid Ilich Brezhnev

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British Prime Minister James Callaghan

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United States President Jimmy Carter

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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United States President Ronald Reagan

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French President Mitterrand

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German Chancellor Helmut Kohl

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Russian Leader Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov

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Russian Leader Konstantin Chernenko

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Russian Leader Gobrachev

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United States President George H.W. Bush

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British Prime Minister John Major

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Russian Leader Boris Yeltsin

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United States President Bill Clinton

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French President Chirac

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Prime Minister Tony Blair

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German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

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United States President George W. Bush

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy 

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Russian Leader Dmitry Medvedev

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United States President Barack Obama

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Prime Minister David Cameron

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French President Francois Hollande

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British Prime Minister Theresa May

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United States President Donald Trump

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