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What Happens At The Accession Council?

Although the King inherited the crown the moment his mother died, today’s Accession Council marks one of the first constitutional milestones of his reign. In this post, I’ll look at what’s likely to happen during the ceremony. Before 1603, the … Continue reading

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Could Prince Charles Read The Queen’s Speech?

A friend recently drew my attention to an article in the Daily Mail which claims that the Prince of Wales is on standby to deliver the Speech from the Throne if the Queen is unable to attend the State Opening … Continue reading

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Slimming Down The Accession Council

The Daily Mail recently reported that only 200 Privy Counsellors will be invited to the next Accession Council. Typically, Council meetings are only attended by three or four Privy Counsellors drawn from the government of the day, but the Accession … 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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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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Margaret Thatcher’s Introduction In The House of Lords

I stumbled upon a fascinating video the other day that shows Margaret Thatcher’s introduction into the House of Lords: The cool thing about this video is that is shows the traditional version of the Ceremony of Introduction. In 1998, it was abridged … Continue reading

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