Dear Native Speakers (especially, British Native Speakers), Please, help me to understand the meanings of two parts of this sentence - both are underlined. What does it mean to be north of something? And what is the literal meaning of the metaphor get a turn in ermine. I understand that it means that he will get a throne only when around 50 but I would love to understand the exact meanings and usage of these phrases. Prince William will surely be north of 50 before he gets a turn in ermine. (The Economist) Thank you!