One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounusually crowned heads
A king or queen.
- ‘As we all know, the crowned heads of Europe celebrate their own New Year's Eve after the actual night, when their final official duties of the year to their peoples have been carried out.’
- ‘Later the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee with a dinner for European crowned heads at Windsor Castle.’
- ‘To counter Napoleon's advantage in numbers, the crowned heads of Europe turned to nationalism.’
- ‘Gustav III may well have held a record among monarchs prior to the nineteenth century for the number of other crowned heads he met.’
- ‘Nicholas and Alexandra were married with all due pomp and ceremony less than two weeks after the funeral, which had lasted several days and was attended by the crowned heads of Europe in St. Petersburg.’
- ‘Providing important help on the latter occasion was King Sigurd of Norway, the first crowned head of Europe to visit Outremer.’
- ‘The subject was King John's House of Plantagenet, one of the first truly pan-European dynasties, with crowned heads reigning from England to Italy.’
- ‘Nationalism helped the crowned heads expand their armies.’
- ‘The fountain was built in 1538 to demonstrate the importance of the Scottish monarchy, and to prove to Henry VIII that Scotland's young king was as grand and powerful as any of the crowned heads of Europe.’
- ‘When Wellington hung the ‘State Dining Room’ with full-length portraits of the crowned heads of Europe he created a formal setting that must have seemed like a nostalgic tribute to the old order.’
- ‘The crowned heads of Europe - kings, emperors, tsars, and kaisers - still entertained each other at regattas, manœuvres, weddings, and funerals.’
- ‘The baron played host on a lavish scale to the rich and powerful of his time, including many crowned heads of Europe.’
- ‘He travels in stratospheric circles with crowned heads, presidents and various illuminati, glitterati and cognescenti.’
- ‘He also worked as a diplomat, was knighted in two countries, and was acquainted with most of the crowned heads of Europe - many of whom were his patrons.’
- ‘We had most of the crowned heads of Europe, and representatives from Asia and all over the world.’
- ‘At first it merely petitioned crowned heads for support, but was politely brushed off.’
- ‘An attempt upon a crowned head or a president is sensational enough in a way, but not so much as it used to be.’
crowned head/ˌkround ˈhed/
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