royal "we"
Definition - The practice of kings and queens, etc. of referring to themselves using we.

Example -

(1) We are not amused. (Queen Victoria)
(2) We are not Queen Victoria. (Queen Elizabeth)

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1835:
"Noticed you the we — the style royal?"
(Lytton Rienzi iv. vii)



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