Category Archives: The Monarchy

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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A Question Of Titles

Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that the Duke of York will no longer use the style of ‘His Royal Highness’ and will give up his honorary military appointments and patronages. This comes after a US judge declined to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s … Continue reading

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Should The Dignity Of Prince Be Granted Rather Than Inherited?

Craig Prescott published an interesting piece over at the UK Constitutional Law Blog on the rules governing the titular dignity of Prince or Princess of the United Kingdom. He suggests that paradigm established by George V in 1917 is no … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Sussexes’ Interview With Oprah

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down for an interview with Oprah that was broadcast yesterday. Much of the media’s attention has focused on the Duke’s allegation that … Continue reading

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The Queen And Ministerial Travel

A while back, I stumbled upon something interesting in a collection of documents from John Major’s premiership. It’s a brief letter from Roderic Lyne, Major’s Private Secretary, to Sir Robert Fellowes, the Queen’s Private Secretary, seeking permission for Major to … Continue reading

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Queen’s Consent, Again

David Pegg and Rob Evans of The Guardian have released another tranche of documents relating to Queen’s Consent. This time, the documents are more interesting than the ones they released yesterday, but Pegg and Evans’ reporting is still flawed. The … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Guardian’s Latest ‘Royal Exposé’

The Queen’s Consent is once again in the news. This time it’s because David Pegg and Rob Evans, two reporters with The Guardian, have unearthed documents from 1973 that reveal discussions between Matthew Farrer, the Queen’s private solicitor, and the … Continue reading

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