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18th March 2003.

The last time Britain officially declared war was in January 1942 against Siam (Thailand).(1)

Ever since when British forces have operated under the Royal Prerogative mainly after ostensibly securing a UN Security Council Resolution, 357 more words


Parliament and the Gulf War in 1991

In today’s guest blog, Teemu Hakkinen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), who has researched the royal prerogative in decisions to go to war in the UK, looks back on the debates about the First Gulf War twenty-five years ago this month… 656 more words


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 Act of Parliament until it is signed by the Queen in the presence of Privy Counsellors.

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The Curious Case Of Queen Victoria And The Lesbians

Today, I’m going to answer a question that I’ve been asked a surprising number of times: did Victoria prevent the criminalization of lesbianism because she didn’t believe that lesbians existed? 299 more words

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The Queen - Her powers, perks and privileges.

It seems likely that September 9th will see Queen Elizabeth II surpass the achievement of her Great Grandmother, Queen Victoria, and become the longest ever serving monarch in British history.   1,847 more words


Corbyn unjustly accused of attacking Queen

Jeremy Corbyn is favourite to win Labour leader race.

There is a need to point out that I am not a member or registered supporter of any political party and, as such, feel free to talk about politics without being accused of being biased in any way. 722 more words

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Hullabaloo about Magna Carta and denial of modern definitions of equality and rights


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