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Some Thoughts On Counsellors Of State

The Counsellors of State Bill cleared the House of Lords yesterday. Counsellors of State are members of the Royal Family who carry out the Sovereign’s functions if they are ill or absent from the United Kingdom, and this Bill would … Continue reading

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Ministerial Limbo

One of the stranger consequences of Queen Elizabeth II’s death is that a good chunk of the British government now exists in a sort of constitutional limbo. Although she approved numerous ministerial appointments right before her death, she was unable … Continue reading

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What Happens At The Accession Council?

Although the King inherited the crown the moment his mother died, today’s Accession Council marks one of the first constitutional milestones of his reign. In this post, I’ll look at what’s likely to happen during the ceremony. Before 1603, the … Continue reading

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Boris?

Westminster is in turmoil. The news that Boris Johnson appointed Chris Pincher as Deputy Chief Whip even though he knew Pincher had been accused of sexual misconduct has fanned the flames of discontent within the Conservative Party. The Chancellor of … Continue reading

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What Are Counsellors Of State?

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge will open Parliament today after the Queen had to pull out due to mobility issues. They will be acting as Counsellors of State, but what exactly does that mean? Counsellors of … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Be Queen Consort?

Recently, the Queen stated her wish that the Duchess of Cornwall should become ‘Queen Consort’ when the Prince of Wales ascends the throne. But what, exactly, does that mean? A Queen Consort is distinct from a Queen Regnant. The former … Continue reading

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Could Prince Charles Read The Queen’s Speech?

A friend recently drew my attention to an article in the Daily Mail which claims that the Prince of Wales is on standby to deliver the Speech from the Throne if the Queen is unable to attend the State Opening … Continue reading

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Slimming Down The Accession Council

The Daily Mail recently reported that only 200 Privy Counsellors will be invited to the next Accession Council. Typically, Council meetings are only attended by three or four Privy Counsellors drawn from the government of the day, but the Accession … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Counsellors Of State

With the news that the Prince of Wales has COVID, I’ve been asked about who might step in for the Queen if she were to fall ill as well. Under section 6(1) of the Regency Act 1937, the Sovereign can … Continue reading

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Thoughts On The Judge Amendment

Yesterday, the House of Lords made a major change to the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill. Lord Judge successfully moved an amendment that would give the House of Commons a veto over the dissolution of Parliament. I’ve discussed the … Continue reading

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