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The queen’s gambit — new evidence shows how Her Majesty wields influence on legislation

We all know the queen can’t refuse assent to a bill just because she doesn’t like it

But can she secretly get a law changed, in her personal interest, before it is even introduced into parliament?

  • Anne Twomey
  • The Conversation

The answer is yes, and we finally have documentary evidence to prove it.

The queen, politics and secrecy There is a myth the queen never involves herself in political matters.

In public view, all she does is act on ministerial advice, signing her name or initials where required.

But she has always done more than this.

She exercises extensive soft power by influencing government policy and…

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