royal we

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royal we

n.
The first-person plural pronoun used by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself.
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we

(wi)

pron.pl., poss. our or ours,
1. nominative plural of I.
2. (used to denote oneself and another or others, specifically or generally): We have two children. We often take good health for granted.
3. (used in the predicate following a copulative verb): It is we who should thank you.
4. Also called the royal we. (used by a sovereign or other high officials and dignitaries in place of I in formal speech.)
5. Also called the editorial we . (used by editors, writers, etc., to avoid the personal I or to represent a collective viewpoint.)
6. you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm): We know we've been naughty, don't we?
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wē, c. Old Saxon wī, wē, Old High German wir, Old Norse vēr, Gothic weis]
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Translations
nous de majesté
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Cannon is referring to the abrupt entrance, in the next-to-last chapter, of the narrating voice into the action, in a passage where the voice sets aside the use of the pluralis majestatis utilized in previous asides and directly addresses the reader:
Note that de Rachewiltz uses the terms plural of respect (2004: 1332) and pluralis majestatis (742, 839, 926) for occasional cases where a plural nominal or pronominal form is used of a single person.