Category Archives: British Monarchy

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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Could Prince Andrew Lose His Royal Status?

The past few weeks have seen the Duke of York engulfed by lurid accusations of sexual activity with a 17-year-old ‘sex slave.’ While these allegations have not been tested in a court of law, they have nevertheless cast a shadow … Continue reading

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Debunking “The Constitutional Monarchy Myth”

When people write about the Queen, she’s commonly described as a model constitutional monarch. While the Prince of Wales is frequently castigated for allegedly meddling in politics, most commentators assume that his mother is scrupulously neutral. But Backbench’s David Kelly has bucked that trend, arguing that the Queen … Continue reading

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Scottish Independence: No, the Queen Shouldn’t Speak Out

According to the Daily Telegraph, MPs from both parties want David Cameron to ask the Queen to speak out in favor of the Union. This is a terrible, terrible idea. The British Monarchy endures largely because successive Sovereigns have had … Continue reading

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