Meaning of “at His/Her Majesty's pleasure” in the English Dictionary

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"at His/Her Majesty's pleasure" in British English

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at His/Her Majesty's pleasure

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Someone who is put in prison at His/Her Majesty's pleasure is kept there until it is officially decided that it is safe to release them:

He was declared insane and ordered to be detained in a mental hospital at Her Majesty's pleasure.

(Definition of “at His/Her Majesty's pleasure” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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