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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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Royal Transparency Down Under

Interesting things are afoot in Australia. The Prime Minister recently advised the Governor-General to recall Parliament as a prelude to a rare double dissolution. Because this is an unusual situation, Government House has publicly released Malcolm Turnbull’s advice regarding the recall along with an … Continue reading

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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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Constitution 101: The Privy Council

In honor of the fact that Jeremy Corbyn has finally joined the Privy Council, I thought I’d provide a brief overview of this fascinating corner of the British constitution. ‘Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council’ is one of the United Kingdom’s … Continue reading

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A Curious Claim About Royal Assent

I came across a truly puzzling claim in David Rogers’ new book about the Privy Council: At perhaps the most mundane and perfunctory level, every time a Bill completes its passage through the Houses of Parliament…it cannot become law as an … 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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