You may have heard on the news that a baby girl was born to a rather well-known couple on Saturday here in the UK. It was their second child. Not only was she introduced to the world by her parents when she was just 10 hours old, but various gun salutes were held in her honour two days later.

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I am, of course, referring to Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also known as William and Catherine (Kate).
Nobody does royal as magnificently nor is quite as obsessed with their Royal Family as the British.

As someone who has lived here for nearly thirty years, I feel compelled to join in this love affair for all things royal. So, it wasn’t too difficult for me to interrupt my preparation for an upcoming business writing course this afternoon to share this cheerful infographic by Macmillan Education of 10 Royal idioms found in the English Language.

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Some of these idioms are used more than the others in the list. You’ve got the definitions here so let’s take a look at how they would be used in sentences.

1. Queen Bee
She is not known as the queen bee of the publishing world for nothing. She has single-handedly launched the careers of dozens of authors.

2. Crown jewels
These products are the crown jewels of this company.

3. Prince Charming
She really thinks that if she waits around long enough Prince Charming will come knocking at the door.

4. A Royal Pain (informal)
He can be a royal pain if he wants to be.

5. Drama Queen
She really is not the right person for the job. She is such a drama queen when it comes to having to deal with any situation however small it is.

6. Live like a king
In some countries, your salary would allow you to live like a king.

7. King’s ransom
We had to pay what felt like a king’s ransom for that property.
(NB: This idiom is not commonly used).

8. Build castles in the air
You cannot grow a successful business by building castles in the air.

9. Hold court
The chairman loves holding court at our shareholders’ evening receptions.

10. To be king of something
Paul is the king of barbecues. Nobody does them better than him.
(NB: We also say ‘queen of something’)

Are you the king of something? Do you know anyone who can be a real drama queen? Do you live like a king? Let me know.

Well, I hope you liked this quick post. I had better get back to my writing course and finish up those materials.

Ciao for now.


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