The Sovereign's Private Secretary

Vernon Bogdanor

in The Monarchy and the Constitution

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293347
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598821 | DOI:
The Sovereign's Private Secretary

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The office of private secretary to the sovereign is crucial to the working of constitutional monarchy. But it evolved in an unnoticed and unplanned way, almost by accident. The history of the development of the office is traced, and it is contrasted with the office of private secretary to the Governor‐General in Commonwealth monarchies. The private secretary needs to enjoy the confidence not only of the sovereign but also of the Prime Minister and of the Leader of the Opposition.

Keywords: Commonwealth; constitution; constitutional monarchy; Governor‐General; Opposition; parliamentary government; Prime Minister; private secretary

Chapter.  7375 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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