Category Archives: Monarchy in Britain

A Few Words On The Duchess Of Cambridge’s Future Title(s)

Popular coverage of the monarchy often leaves a lot to be desired, but the recent spate of articles about the Duchess of Cambridge’s future titles have been examples of online journalism at its worst. Take this headline from The Daily … Continue reading

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Meghan Markle And The Law Of Arms

The fact that the Duchess of Sussex’s father, Thomas Markle, hasn’t been given a coat of arms has caused a bit of controversy in the tabloid press. The Duchess’s estranged half-sister, Samantha Markle, claims that it is a “huge insult” … Continue reading

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Sir Seamus Treacy, The Privy Council, And Northern Ireland

Tucked away in the list of orders approved at the April 24 meeting of the Privy Council is a curious entry: It is this day ordered by Her Majesty in Council that the name of Sir Seamus Treacy be removed … Continue reading

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Was Anyone Ever Prosecuted For Violating The Royal Marriages Act?

Last week’s post about the Royal Marriages Act 1772 led a reader to ask an interesting question: was it ever used to prosecute anyone? If you haven’t read the original post, here are the basics: the Royal Marriages Act required … Continue reading

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Behind The Crown: The Truth About Prince Philip’s Title

I have been a fan of The Crown since it first started airing on Netflix. While the show primarily focuses on the private lives of the Royal Family, legal/constitutional issues do serve as plot points from time to time. This … Continue reading

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Why Did The Queen Have To Consent To Prince Harry’s Marriage?

Meghan Markle is one step closer to becoming a member of the Royal Family after the Queen formally consented to her marriage to Prince Harry. In this post, I’ll look at why Prince Harry needs Her Majesty’s consent to marry, … Continue reading

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The Queen And Government Appointments

I thought I’d mark Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle by sharing this document which I recently obtained through Britain’s Freedom of Information Act: This is Theresa May’s formal submission to the Queen recommending the appointment of her new government after she … Continue reading

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Do Royal Spouses Have To Be Anglicans?

The news of Prince Harry’s forthcoming nuptials led a reader to ask the following question: I saw that Meghan Markle is going to be baptized and confirmed in the Church of England before she marries Prince Harry. Is that a … Continue reading

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Fact-Checking Today I Found Out’s Video On The Queen’s Powers

Some of you may be familiar with Today I Found Out, a popular YouTube channel that makes explanatory videos on a wide range of topics. Today’s video featured a subject near and dear to my heart: the Queen’s powers. I’ve … Continue reading

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Why Are Ambassadors To The UK Accredited To ‘The Court of St. James’?

Donald Trump has indicated that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will be America’s next ambassador to the United Kingdom. According to the BBC, the President-Elect introduced Johnson as “the ambassador Woody Johnson, going to St. James” at a luncheon. But why … Continue reading

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