regalia (ri-gay-lee-<<schwa>>).1.Hist. Rights held by the Crown under feudal law. • Regalia
is a shortened form of jura regalia.
regalia majora (m<<schwa>>-jor-<<schwa>>). [Latin “greater rights”] The Crown’s greater
rights; the Crown’s dignity, power, and royal prerogatives, as distinguished from the Crown’s
rights to revenues.
regalia minora (mi-nor-<<schwa>>). [Latin “lesser rights”] The Crown’s lesser rights; the
Crown’s lesser prerogatives (such as the rights of revenue), as distinguished from its royal
2.Hist. Feudal rights usu. associated with royalty, but held by the nobility.“Counties palatine
are so called a palatio; because the owners thereof, the earl of Chester, the bishop of Durham, and
the duke of Lancaster, had in those counties jura regalia, as fully as the king hath in his palace ….”
1 William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 113 (1765).
- Emblems of royal authority, such as a crown or scepter, given to the monarch at coronation.
- Loosely, finery or special dress, esp. caps and gowns worn at academic ceremonies. [Blacks Law 8th]