This post addresses the legal status of the Principality of Wales and of the Prince of Wales.
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Sunday, 20 November 2011
Legally speaking, "Lancashire" (or "the county of Lancaster") can mean any one of four distinct entities:
- The non-metropolitan county of Lancashire, as defined by the Local Government Act 1972 (Sch. 1, Part II).
- The ceremonial county of Lancashire, as defined by the Lieutenancies Act 1997.
- The county palatine of Lancashire, as first created in 1351 (and subsequently reconstituted).
- The Duchy of Lancaster, as first created in 1343 or 1351 (and subsequently reconstituted).
From F.W.Maitland, The Constitutional History of England:
Saturday, 19 November 2011
I don't propose to go through the long history of British rule of Ireland. Suffice it to quote Sir William Blackstone on the situation that pertained in his day, in the mid-18th century: