Wondrous Words Wednesday - Regal

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

It's the first Wednesday of term 2 for 2021 and time for Wondrous Words Wednesday! This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and is now proudly hosted by yours truly. 

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! 

No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you've encountered over the last fortnight. 

Tips and ideas:

  • Don't go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, Google, a pamphlet, social media, doctor's room, classroom - the possibilities are endless
  • If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome
  • If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so 
  • You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn't love Pictionary)
  • Let's stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. You are welcome to use translations of your chosen word or a brief history if it derives from a different language, but your readers need to be able to find it in the English Dictionary
  • Please add your link to Mr Linky and pay a visit to the other word wizards

You are welcome to use my graphic or design your own!  

Today's Wondrous Word is not a new word to us, it's an adjective that actually fits me very well. 

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin regalis, from rexreg- ‘king’. Or in my case, 'queen'.  But my Mommy didn't chose this word for me today. She chose this word for a very special, and extraordinary lady who is an actual queen.
One of the most famous faces in history. Queen Elizabeth is the Queen of The United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth Realms. She's been the reigning monarch for 69 years and 66 days. In all 69 years, we've never seen her not being the personification of the word Regal. Even in the midst of of numerous family scandals and tragedies, she remains the epitome of regality. 

Last Friday, 09 April 2021, she lost her husband of 73 years. It sure couldn't be easy to be married to someone for 73 years. Even more difficult must be to to now live the rest of your life without him. Our hearts go out to her in this time of deep sorrow and pain. We have no doubt that she will continue her reign as the most regal person to ever walk on this earth. 

May God bless, comfort and save the Queen. 

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen!

O Lord our God arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall!
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all!

Not in this land alone,
But be God’s mercies known,
From shore to shore!
Lord make the nations see,
That men should brothers be,
And form one family,
The wide world o’er.

From every latent foe,
From the assassins blow,
God save the Queen!
O’er her thine arm extend,
For Britain’s sake defend,
Our mother, prince, and friend,
God save the Queen!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign!
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen!

What Wondrous Words did you come across this past week? If you wish to join us, add your link below.


Lots of Love,


  1. What a lovely post for a sad time, thank you for sharing :)

    There are a few of us Royalists left in a country which will no doubt abandon its Monarchy eventually.

    I do think that Her Majesty The Queen, is the last of the 'true blue' royals, as we know them and that after her passing, or abdication (whichever comes first), the shape of the Monarchy will be changed irrevocably.

    I haven't seen the entire Royal Anthem written like that for many years and few people know it in its entirety, that's for sure!

    Thanks for hosting WWWW and enjoy the rest of your week :)

    1. Hi Yvonne! I don't know if you know that South Africa was a British Colony less than a 100 years ago. The love for Britain isn't very big here in SA, because our Boer War was thought against the English and we we fighting for our own land and gold and diamonds. Was a horrible time in our history.

      BUT I still have a fondness for the royal family and agree with you completely. I also think with the passing of Queen Elizabeth, it won't be the same anymore. I do hope that William will rather become King than Charles though... I still have a bit of faith there!

      I enjoy hosting WWW, time is just not always on my side. But I do try to get to the blog as much as possible!

  2. I'm reading about WWI in The Guns of August and the book opens with a huge group of royal heads of state attending the funeral of England's king. I think I'd completely forgotten that once many places were ruled by a king or queen.

    There is something special about someone who behaves regally, I think. Many were often dismissive of a recent president here, noting that he did not behave in a presidential manner. Presidential is a similar word. Behaving in a way that evokes in one's subjects awe, reverence, even a desire to behave in a similarly dignified manner.

    Cats are quite regal, I believe.

    1. Hi Debs! I had chat with a friend yesterday, she's about 20 years younger than me and I was shocked to realize that she has no clue what the word regal or even monarch means. Never mind knowing how many countries are still monarchies.

      I agree completely with you, if a leader can behave in a regal or presidential way, it encourages the subjects to try to behave in a similar manner. I have a principal who is also very regal in his demeanor. I love working for him.

  3. It exists in French still, especially as an adjective "régalien". But as "régal", we French with a big stomach automatically think about... food ! If you're ever invited in France, to compliment the host, tell them their dishes "sont un régal" ;)

    1. Hi IzaBzh! That's so interesting! I've just told Debbie that I had a chat with a friend who is about 20 years younger than me yesterday, and she had no idea what the word 'regal' means. Good grief! It's quite shocking to realize how many words just start to be in disuse.

      Thanks for the heads up for my trip to France. That will still happen. One day...

  4. Our poor Queen, she must feel like she has a lost a limb, to have been married for that length of time.

    Is it bad I don’t know all the words to God Save the Queen but I also don’t know all the words of Flower of Scotland either!

    I’ll hopefully be back at WWW if not next week the week after, I’m slightly frazzled but hopefully normal service will resume soon.

    Hope you are well! Xx

    1. Our national anthem is in 3 languages. I only know the English and the Afrikaans parts and the first line of the Xhosa part.

      I feel very sorry for the Queen and I do hope that she will be comforted in this time.

      Life is a bit hectic on my side as well, I just do what I can. Man it's a mission to juggle work, personal life and the blog!

  5. I like the word Regal. And haha Elza we all know cats are royalty, right? At least they think so. :)

    Well said!

    1. Oh she does. Such a Queen. Thanks Greg, it was a rather quick post, but at least I've managed!

  6. So this time it’s not a tongue twister! Love the cat picture there, and OF COURSE the kitty cat 🐈 has to add that “regal” is not about her! LOLs ~Lex

    1. If you don't bring Elza down from her high throne every now and again, she will rule this whole household and the neighbourhood.

      I'll try to get a tongue twister again next time!


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