Last night I caught a few seconds of Are You Being Served? whilst channel surfing, before Mrs. Rastahomie heard the British accents and made me change it.
Anyway, Mr. Humphries was waiting for Mr. Lucas to do something. He was getting quite impatient, and he blurted out:
“Some time during the reign of the present monarch, Mr. Lucas!” [emphasis mine]
Now, I understand the joke. What I don’t understand is why he didn’t say “Some time during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Mr. Lucas!”
Unless I’m ridiculously mistaken, Queen Elizabeth was Queen when Are You Being Served? was made, and has been since 1962(?).
So, is it considered rude over there to invoke the name of the Queen in jest?