Time to Abolish the Duchy of Cornwall?

Graham S McBain

Abstract


The duchy of Cornwall is one of two duchies still extant in the United Kingdom. The other is the duchy of Lancaster, the abolition of which a previous article has considered. The duchy of Cornwall was the first English duchy, created in 1377 by Edward III (1327-77) in favour of his eldest son, nicknamed the Black Prince. The duchy of Cornwall – as well as the title of Duke – is hereditary. It is inherited by the eldest son of the reigning sovereign.As with the previous article on the duchy of Lancaster, this article considers the legal nature of the duchy of Cornwall and whether many of the Crown prerogatives and other privileges which it has been granted are of worth in the modern society in which we live. This article also considers the abolition of the duchy.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/res.v5n5p40

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Review of European Studies   ISSN 1918-7173 (Print)   ISSN 1918-7181 (Online)

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