Your Majesty



Your Majesty

  1. (formal) A title of respect used when addressing a monarch of higher rank than a prince; that is, a king, queen, emperor, or empress.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1, scene 6:
      All our service,
      In every point twice done and then double done,
      Were poor and single business to contend
      Against whose honors deep and broad wherewith
      Your Majesty loads our house.
    • c. 1845, Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte-Cristo, page 59:
      “ Sire,” said Villefort, “ the rapidity of the event must prove to your majesty that God alone can prevent it, by raising a tempest ; what your majesty is pleased to attribute to me as profound perspicacity is simply owing to chance ; and I have profited by that chance, like a good and devoted servant—that's all. Do not attribute to me more than I deserve, sire, that your majesty may never have occasion to recall the first opinion you have been pleased to form of me.”
  2. (informal, sarcastic) A sarcastic term of address to anyone who is (or is acting) pompous or bossy.

Usage notesEdit

  • This is the second-person form of address. Verbs used with this pronoun as the subject are conjugated in the third person. The forms used in the third person are His Majesty (for a king or emperor) and Her Majesty (for a queen or empress).
  • If the reigning monarch is a prince or princess, the form is Your Highness.
  • The exact forms vary somewhat from country to country.


See alsoEdit

Third person - female (Her) Third person - male (His) Second person (Your) Third person - plural (Their)
Her Britannic Majesty His Britannic Majesty Your Britannic Majesty
Her Excellency His Excellency Your Excellency
Her Highness His Highness Your Highness
Her Imperial Highness His Imperial Highness Your Imperial Highness
Her Imperial Majesty His Imperial Majesty Your Imperial Majesty
Her Maj His Maj Your Maj
Her Majesty His Majesty Your Majesty Their Majesties
Her Royal Highness His Royal Highness Your Royal Highness Their Royal Highnesses
Her Royal Majesty His Royal Majesty Your Royal Majesty