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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"He says that your Majesty's brains seem to have come loose," replied the girl, demurely.
"His Majesty inquires if you are hungry, said Jellia.
"Ah, sire, you recompense but badly this poor young man, who has come so far, and with so much ardor, to give your majesty useful information.
de Villefort, and begs me to present him to your majesty."
"What does your majesty understand by that?" inquired Fouquet.
"Your majesty will put these men to death!" cried Fouquet.
"Then, upon seeing my Musketeers they changed their minds, and forgot their private hatred for partisan hatred; for your Majesty cannot be ignorant that the Musketeers, who belong to the king and nobody but the king, are the natural enemies of the Guardsmen, who belong to the cardinal."
"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."
"Shall I come to seek your majesty, or shall I wait?"
Because I have good eyes, as his majesty just now said.
"Having thus, in obedience to your majesty's commands, diligently searched all his pockets, we observed a girdle about his waist made of the hide of some prodigious animal, from which, on the left side, hung a sword of the length of five men; and on the right, a bag or pouch divided into two cells, each cell capable of holding three of your majesty's subjects.
"This is an exact inventory of what we found about the body of the man-mountain, who used us with great civility, and due respect to your majesty's commission.
"Will your majesty permit me to give orders in your name throughout this business?"
"Oh, your majesty," exclaimed Laporte, "Monsieur d'Artagnan is right."
"May it please your Majesty," cried the Ingenious Patriot, in terror, "one of them contains tobacco."