State & Ceremonial

The Queen approves the appointment of Sir Lindsay Hoyle as House of Commons Speaker

The Queen has approved the appointment of Sir Lindsay Hoyle as the 158th Speaker of the House of Commons following the retirement of John Bercow last week. Sir Lindsay was elected to the role on Monday evening after a series of votes by MPs, with Speaker Hoyle receiving 325 votes in the third ballot. Labour MP Chris Bryant finished in 2nd place having secured the backing of 213 MPs. Other…
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State & Ceremonial

What is the Sword of State and Cap of Maintenance?

People all over the world will be familiar with the Imperial State Crown and all that it represents. With almost 3,000 precious stones making up the headpiece, it is only seen at State Openings of Parliament and Coronations of the Monarch. But what about the other two items of royal insignia which are also only present at the most regal of events? The Great Sword of State and the Cap of…
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State & Ceremonial

Widespread calls for Boris Johnson to resign after Supreme Court rules he misled The Queen

There are widespread calls for Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister after the Supreme Court unanimously concluded that he misled The Queen over prorogation. Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn said: “I invite Boris Johnson to consider his position and become the shortest serving Prime Minister there has ever been.” Labour MP Angela Eagle said: “He should resign…
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State & Ceremonial

Supreme Court Judge questions whether The Queen is being "sucked in" to politics

A Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has questioned whether it is right for The Queen to be “sucked in” to matters involving constitutional principles. Lord Sales, one of the 12 Justices of the Supreme Court, questioned the government’s barrister on Wednesday morning, asking whether it is appropriate for the monarch to be drawn into politically controversial…
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