The Gaelic College's board of governors says it will not use the word "royal" in its day-to-day operations.

The Cape Breton school became embroiled in a controversy in December when it decided to add the prefix to its name after receiving a special designation from the Queen.

That triggered outcry from descendents of Scottish immigrants who first landed in Nova Scotia more than 200 years ago.

They said adding the word "royal" to the school's name is offensive because it ignores the fact that most of the Gaelic-speaking migrants who arrived in the province in the late 1700s were forced out of the Highlands following a battle with the English.

The board of governors issued a statement Monday saying it appreciates the feedback it has received and will acknowledge the Queen's designation in a number of ways in the days ahead.

The statement did not elaborate, but it added that the college looks forward to further dialogue with the Gaelic community.

About 1,200 people in Nova Scotia still speak Gaelic, most of them in Cape Breton.

Language courses are offered at the college and the provincial government has an Office of Gaelic Affairs, set up by Rodney MacDonald when he was premier in 2006.