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Some Thoughts On Counsellors Of State

The Counsellors of State Bill cleared the House of Lords yesterday. Counsellors of State are members of the Royal Family who carry out the Sovereign’s functions if they are ill or absent from the United Kingdom, and this Bill would … Continue reading

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Ministerial Limbo

One of the stranger consequences of Queen Elizabeth II’s death is that a good chunk of the British government now exists in a sort of constitutional limbo. Although she approved numerous ministerial appointments right before her death, she was unable … Continue reading

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Boris?

Westminster is in turmoil. The news that Boris Johnson appointed Chris Pincher as Deputy Chief Whip even though he knew Pincher had been accused of sexual misconduct has fanned the flames of discontent within the Conservative Party. The Chancellor of … Continue reading

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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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Should Ministers Be Appointed From Outside Parliament?

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, has made headlines by suggesting that ministers need not always be MPs or peers, something the Commission for Smart Government also mooted in a recent discussion paper. While outsiders can make … Continue reading

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A Brief History Of Royal Assent By Commission

Today Lords Commissioners gave Royal Assent to legislation before proroguing Parliament. Traditionally, the Monarch signified their Assent in the presence of Parliament, but the statute 33 Henry 8 c. 21 allowed Henry VIII to grant Assent without visiting Parliament. Although … 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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‘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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