Category Archives: The Monarchy

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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A Few Words On The Swearing-in Of Ministers

As I watched President Biden’s inauguration, I thought about how the advent of a new ministry in the UK receives very little fanfare. Aside from a photograph of the new Prime Minister with the Queen, the installation of a new … Continue reading

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Why Is The Queen ‘Duke Of Lancaster’?

I’ve discussed the Duchy of Lancaster elsewhere on this blog, but today I’m going to delve a bit deeper into its history, with a particular focus on why the Queen is considered the Duke of Lancaster. It’s a complicated and … Continue reading

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‘The Crown’ And The Constitution

As I watched the latest season of The Crown, I was struck by the show’s increasing reluctance to look at the Monarchy’s place in the British constitution. This is a shame because the writers’ unfamiliarity with the subject undermines their … Continue reading

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The Quotidian Side Of The Queen’s Duties

One of my Twitter followers recently pointed me in the direction of this set of documents relating to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975. While the documents comprise several different types of instrument, all of them were formally approved by … Continue reading

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On Royal Titles

Once again, the Duchess of Sussex has found herself in hot water. This time, her offense is making comments about the importance of voting at an online event called When All Women Vote. She said, in part: You’re just as … Continue reading

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The Palace Letters!

After years of legal wrangling, the National Archives of Australia have finally released Sir John Kerr’s correspondence with Buckingham Palace, both before and after the dismissal of Gough Whitlam. But while some commentators hoped to find a smoking gun that … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The First Virtual Privy Council

The Queen held a meeting of the Privy Council on Friday, but while the business was routine, the circumstances were not. The United Kingdom is currently in a state of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the Government … Continue reading

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When The Queen Appoints Your Parish Priest

In addition to appointing the Church of England’s senior ecclesiastics, the Queen appoints several hundred parish clergy scattered throughout England. As with many things in the United Kingdom, the rules governing the Crown’s parochial patronage are complicated to say the … Continue reading

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The Sussex Problem

I don’t usually discuss the private lives of members of the Royal Family on this blog, but today’s announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be stepping back as senior royals in favor raises a number of awkward … Continue reading

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