at Her Majesty's pleasure

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at Her Majesty's pleasure

For an indeterminate length of time, as of one who is being held in prison. Primarily heard in UK. If you break the law while you're in London, they can keep you in prison at Her Majesty's pleasure, you know.
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at Her (or His) Majesty's pleasure

detained in a British prison.
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Quite certain, your Majesty," said Jellia Jamb, trying hard not to laugh in the face of royalty.
Does not your Majesty know that in all the land of Oz but one language is spoken?
It was all my fault, your Majesty," said Jack, looking rather foolish," I thought we must surely speak different languages, since we came from different countries.
de Villefort, and begs me to present him to your majesty.
Sire, I thought his name was unknown to your majesty.
And your majesty has employed the son of such a man?
I will not allow myself to remind your majesty that had M.
Your majesty does me a great injustice, sire; and you are wrong," replied Fouquet, dryly; "I am not child enough, nor is M.
d'Herblay the best horses in my stables and four hours' start over all those your majesty might, probably, dispatch after him.
One hardly a young man; but who, however, behaved himself so admirably on this occasion that I will take the liberty of recommending him to your Majesty.
They called upon him then to retire; but he answered that he was a Musketeer at heart, entirely devoted to your Majesty, and that therefore he would remain with Messieurs the Musketeers.
Well, he did remain with them; and your Majesty has in him so firm a champion that it was he who gave Jussac the terrible sword thrust which has made the cardinal so angry.
Will your majesty permit me to give orders in your name throughout this business?
Oh, your majesty," exclaimed Laporte, "Monsieur d'Artagnan is right.
Sire," said D'Artagnan, "will your majesty permit me to ask you a question?