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Royal & hereditary

We provide advice and expertise on Royal and hereditary matters. This includes: the Royal Prerogative; petitions to the Queen; royal births and marriages; succession to the throne; the Queen's consent to bills; the use of the title Royal and Royal names; arms and emblems; applications from companies wishing to use Royal names; the Official Roll of the Baronetage; and nominations for Gallantry Awards to civilians. We also advise on city status and Lord Mayoralty competitions when the Queen expresses a wish to grant civic honours. We also provide information on Lord-Lieutenants.


Responsibility for Royal matters originates with the ancient office of the King's Secretary, who handled the King's correspondence, issued Bills and Warrants in the King's name and was the channel of approach to the King for those subjects who had no right of access to the Sovereign. Despite the historical transformation of the role, many of the original Secretary's duties continue to fall to the Lord Chancellor.


7 November 2006

Waging War: Parliament's role and responsibility
The Lord Constitution Committee's report 'Waging War: Parliament's role and responsibility was published on 27 July 2006 2006. The Government response to this report was published on 7 November 2006.

22 July 2004

Taming the Prerogative: Strengthening Ministerial Accountability to Parliament - Government Response to the Public Administration Select Committee's Fourth Report of the 2003-4 Session (HC422)

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Department for Constitutional Affairs
Mail Point 6.06
Selborne House
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Phone: 020 7210 8564 / 8644

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