We've Been Calling The Queen By The Wrong Name For Years
Everyone knows a little bit about the Queen, even if you're not a devout royalist.
The Queen is usually associated with things like Buckingham Palace, corgis, and bright yet sophisticated ensembles usually complete with a tiny handbag.
We all know how she waves, the events she usually attends, we know her face is on the postage stamps.
And we all know you have to address the Queen by her proper title, which is "Her Majesty" when first presented, and "Ma'am" every time after.
Well it may come to a shock to find out that we've all been pronouncing "Ma'am" wrong for absolutely ever.
It's always been "Ma'am" to rhyme with "arm", right?
We know that just as much as we know the Queen loves a cup of tea (probably).
It fits with the accent, and it sounds very, very posh.
Turn's out it's absolutely NOT"Ma'am" like "arm."
It's actually pronounced "mam" like "jam."
"MAM" like "JAM."
Luckily we managed to save you the embarrassment of making this mistake should you ever come face to face with Her Majesty.
Although if you're lucky enough to get an audience with her, you'd get full coaching on the do's and don'ts of meeting the Queen.
The new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle does have her own nickname for the head of the royal family though.
The editor of Majesty magazine, Ingrid Seward, has announced that Meghan refers to the Queen as "Mama", putting a bit of a cutesy spin on the more traditional "Ma'am."
It seems Meghan and the Queen have developed a fast friendship over the past few months.
We wouldn't recommend addressing the Queen as "mama" if you're anyone other than Meghan.
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