Category Archives: British Monarchy

Some Thoughts On The Dissolution And Calling Of Parliament Bill

The House of Lords is now considering the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill that was passed by the Commons back in September. It would repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 and restore the pre-2011 status quo whereby the Sovereign … Continue reading

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Politico Gets Confused About Royal Assent

In an otherwise decent article about how Brexit has impacted the Crown, Politico Europe reporter Emilio Casalicchio made a strange claim. Referring to Royal Assent, he claimed that “[t]he process once required the monarch’s signature, but it is now a … Continue reading

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What Is The Duchy Of Lancaster?

The Duchy of Lancaster made headlines recently after secret documents revealed that it had invested about £10 million of the Queen’s private money in offshore funds. But what exactly is the Duchy of Lancaster? The Duchy is a private estate … Continue reading

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Prince Charles’ Reading Material

There’s been another dust-up over the Prince of Wales’ role in government: the release of certain sections of the Cabinet Office Precedent Book has shown that he automatically receives papers from the Cabinet and ministerial committees. Unsurprisingly, this ‘revelation’ has provoked outrage from the usual … Continue reading

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Prince Charles’ Super Secret Letters Revealed

The Cabinet Office has finally released letters that the Prince of Wales’ wrote to various figures in Tony Blair’s government (the full set can be seen here). All in all, they are a fairly anodyne read. Not surprisingly, they deal with issues such … Continue reading

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Will The Queen Skip The State Opening of Parliament?

There has been talk that the Queen might not open Parliament in person if it looks like MPs won’t vote for the Speech From the Throne. According to an article on Politics Home by Paul Waugh, Her Majesty might give … Continue reading

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Is There Too Much Secrecy Surrounding the Monarchy?

This week, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not certain letters between the Prince of Wales and the Government should be released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Rob Evans, a journalist with the Guardian, has fought a … Continue reading

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Could Prince Charles Really Overhaul The Honors System?

Over the weekend, there were reports that the Prince of Wales wants to overhaul the honors system when he becomes king. In her forthcoming biography of the Prince, Time journalist Catherine Mayer claims that Prince Charles believes that honors are being awarded to the wrong … Continue reading

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Is An Activist Monarch Necessarily a Bad Thing?

My post about why the Duke of Cambridge can’t get involved in the campaign to pardon gay men convicted of “gross indecency” provoked an interesting discussion on the Venerable Puzzle Facebook page. A friend disagreed with my contention that the royal … Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch Shouldn’t Ask Prince William To Take a Stand On Gay Pardons

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has signed an open letter calling on the British Government to pardon gay men who were convicted of “gross indecency” back when homosexual activity was illegal. Cumberbatch plays codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, and while Turing himself received a posthumous pardon from … Continue reading

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