Do Prince William and Duchess Kate take elevenses? Was Princess Diana a Sloane Ranger? What is the meaning behind “London Bridge Has Fallen”? The cast of ‘The Crown’ is here to teach you some royal slang!
The newest season of ‘The Crown’, that is set to premiere this November, is perhaps one of the most anticipated Netflix shows in recent times. The fourth season will witness the next chapter in the life, and during the reign, of Queen Elizabeth II. Viewers are thrilled, particularly because a certain People’s Princess is set to make an appearance, in the season to come.
- Elevenses is a “mid-morning snack”!
- Privy Purse is the Queen’s personal income
- Operation London Bridge is a secret codeword
- Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor teaches royal slangs
The new season stars Olivia Colman as Her Majesty The Queen, and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret. Tobias Menzies will portray Prince Philip, Josh O’Connor will play Prince Charles, and Erin Doherty will be portraying Princess Anne. The ensemble cast is incredible, but the cast member to look out for this season is Emma Corrin.
The actress shares an uncanny resemblance with Princess Diana, and will be playing the Princess of Wales!
Ahead of season 4 arriving soon, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor joined “Vanity Fair” in a new video, where the on-screen couple teaches fans some royal slang words. Get ready to learn words you didn’t even know existed!
Keep reading to learn some royal slang from ‘The Crown’s’ cast, so you’re well-prepared for the secrets that will unravel in the upcoming season!
Equerry is an officer who assists the royal family members
The actors take turns to explain the hidden meaning behind this royal slang! “Equerry” is an officer of honour, an officer of the royal household who assists members in the royal family. O’Connor also explains that Edward Adeane (David Rintoul) will be playing the equerry to the family in the new season!
Elevenses is a “mid-morning snack”!
Everyone knows that the British love a good cup of tea. So much so, that they’ve come up with a slang dedicated to it! “Elevenses” refers to 11 am, the mid-morning hour, when the family takes a break for a light refreshment. O’Connor calls “Elevenses” a “mid-morning snack!”
We bet ‘The Crown’ Season 4 will have several conversations that mull over during the “Elevenses”!
Blue Blood translates to royal blood
Not many know that the colour blue is one of England’s royal colours, along with white, gold, purple, and violet. Resembling royalty, the colour is the Queen’s favourite, and “Blue Blood” refers to a person of noble birth. Princess Diana, too, is considered to be Blue Blood since her family was an aristocratic family in the United Kingdom! She was of noble birth even before her marriage to Prince Charles.
OBE is “Order of the British Empire”
The cast members actually got the slang wrong! OBE does not refer to “Of the British Empire” as stated by Emma and Josh, but rather “Order of the British Empire”. The title is a British order of chivalry that rewards contributions to the arts and sciences, or work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. Celebrities like David Beckham, JK Rowling have been awarded the OBE. Olivia Colman (who plays Queen Elizabeth II) was awarded the CBE last year, an award of a higher rank than the OBE.
Privy Purse is the Queen’s personal income
O’Connor hilariously calls the “Privy Purse” pocket money! He’s not entirely wrong for the Privy Purse is an amount given to the British Monarch for their personal expenses.
The Queen is said to use most of it to meet official expenses incurred by other members of the royal family.
Operation London Bridge is a secret codeword
“Operation London Bridge” is undoubtedly the most important codeword or British slang (if you will) in the royal family. The phrase refers to the plan of action in the days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. “London Bridge Has Fallen”, on the other hand, signifies the death of the Queen and is used to inform family members and the Prime Minister. Here’s a fact: Between the days of the Queen’s passing, the funeral and after, Britain will announce a 12-day holiday.
Sloane Ranger is a posh, upper-class woman
The slang “Sloane Ranger” or “Sloaney” might sound like it’s British for being lazy, but it’s quite the opposite. It refers to a fashionable upper-class woman, someone who’s especially living in London! Emma Corrin explained that “Princess Diana was a part of the Sloane Rangers, the young, posh people living in Kensington”.
That’s all! We’re looking forward to learning some new ones from ‘The Crown’ Season 4 that will premiere November 15, 2020. We hope our recap helped you learn some royal slang today! If there’s any you’d like to share with us, let us know in the comments.