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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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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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What Is The Duchy Of Lancaster?

The Duchy of Lancaster made headlines recently after secret documents revealed that it had invested about £10 million of the Queen’s private money in offshore funds. But what exactly is the Duchy of Lancaster? The Duchy is a private estate … 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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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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