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What you're hearing as "ham" should actually sound to an American more like "mum". The actual word being spoken, however, is truly just "ma'am". The proper etiquette, as it were, is to first address the Queen as "Your Majesty" and then, thereafter, as "ma'am". This isn't especially unique to the Queen, by the by. The word "madam" has been historically used ...
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