The surprising word royals can't say around the Queen because she finds it too 'vulgar'

The Queen, Elizabeth II
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The surprising word royals can't say around the Queen because she finds it too 'vulgar' has been revealed.

Members of the royal family are forbidden to say the word 'pregnancy' in front of the Queen because it's claimed she finds it too 'vulgar'.

Her Majesty, who is set to mark her second celebration for her 95th birthday next week, is said to be repulsed by the word used to describe someone who is having a baby.

A royal insider told US Weekly, Queen Elizabeth II prefers to refer to pregnant women as "in the family way" rather than hear the word pregnant be used.

Kate Middleton was pregnant with her son Prince George when she stood on the balcony with the queen for the annual Trooping the Colour in 2013.

The Queen, Kate Middleton pregnant

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But it's understood that the royals aren't expected to avoid the word when they aren't in the Queen's company.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her second child with her husband Prince Harry, recently spoke about how “any woman when she’s pregnant is particularly vulnerable”, so she’s clearly not been banned from all use of the word.

Princess Beatrice is expecting her first child with her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, after they got married in a secret lockdown wedding in July. The baby is due to be born in the autumn and will become the queen's 12th great-grandchild.

Princess Beatrice and Edorado

The sweet way the Queen's great-grandchildren 'keep her going' was recently revealed as she is determined to follow the royal motto.

The Queen was “delighted” at the news of Princess Beatrice’s baby and its arrival will follow the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s second child. Whilst earlier this year Princess Eugenie gave birth to August Brooksbank and Zara Tindall welcomed her baby boy, Lucas.

Each new arrival changes the royal line of succession and the monarchy as we know it and now you know why you won't see expectant royals announce their pregnancy with the P-word.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)