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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Royal Prerogative

Leander Beinlich

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 February 2024

Separation of powers — Common law — Monarchy

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum
Managing Editor: Martina Mantovani

1. The royal prerogative, sometimes also referred to as ‘crown prerogative’, assigns certain powers, rights, privileges, and immunities to the monarch or Crown which are today mostly exercised on the advice of government ministers. While forming part of the constitutional system of many monarchical common law jurisdictions, the prerogative is neither based on statute nor on common law but rather relates to the original powers of the monarch. In its origins, stemming from the age of the Normans in which far reaching powers were vested in the king as the sole...
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