It remains the last fleet action to have been fought by the royal Navy.
The new owners of Harrods—the Qatari royal family—have tastefully removed any mention of “engagement” from the display.
He was just reading it as it appeared on autocue and quite enjoyed the royal references to Balmoral and Dumfries House.
While royal hit the campaign trail, Hollande and Trierweiler set up house.
His wife is the niece of an earl who once worked as a lady-in-waiting to a royal duchess.
Newton, it will be remembered, was made Master of the royal Mint.
It was a long distance to the royal palace where the king lived.
James was baptized here also, and his royal Mother was present, but not Darnley.
I have never been to the royal palace and I have never had even a peep at the king.
But these, perhaps, were not men actually belonging to the royal Navy.
mid-13c., "fit for a king;" late 14c., "pertaining to a king," from Old French roial "royal, regal; splendid, magnificent" (12c., Modern French royal), from Latin regalis "of a king, kingly, royal, regal," from rex (genitive regis) "king" (see rex). Meaning "thorough, total" attested from 1940s; that of "splendid, first-rate" from 1853.
Battle royal (1670s) preserves the French custom of putting the adjective after the noun (cf. attorney general); the sense of the adjective here is "on a grand scale" (cf. pair-royal "three of a kind in cards or dice," c.1600). The Royal Oak was a tree in Boscobel in Shropshire in which Charles II hid himself during flight after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Sprigs of oak were worn to commemorate his restoration in 1660.
"royal person," c.1400, from royal (adj.). Specifically "member of the royal family" from 1774.
Thorough; definitive: gives me a royal pain in the ass (1940s+)