Communications with the royal family

9.15It is to the reigning Sovereign, or Regent, alone that Addresses are presented by Parliament; but messages have frequently been sent by both Houses to members of the royal family, to congratulate them upon their marriage or other auspicious events;1 or to offer condolences on family bereavements.2 Resolutions have also been ordered to be laid before members of the royal family. Certain Members are nominated by the House to present the messages or resolutions, one of whom afterwards acquaints the House (in the Commons, at the Bar and, in the Lords, from the government front bench) with the answers which were returned.3 The Speaker has communicated an answer from the Chair.4

Footnotes

  1. 1. LJ (1794–96) 584; ibid (1840) 53; ibid (1842) 6; CJ (1818) 424; ibid (1840) 88; ibid (1893–94) 434; ibid (1979–80) 754; ibid (1989–90) 546–47; ibid (1999–2000) 494; ibid (2013–14) 261. Communications to both Houses have also been made by members of the royal family, ibid (1802–03) 211; ibid (1809) 86; ibid (1812–13) 253; ibid (1813–14) 324, 438; ibid (1819–20) 288; LJ (2010–12) 1180; CJ (2010–12) 685.
  2. 2. LJ (1820) 367; CJ (1819–20) 480; to the Duchess of Kent, ibid (1941–42) 164, to the Queen Mother, and Queen Mary, ibid (1951–52) 93.
  3. 3. LJ (1820) 369; ibid (1840) 53; ibid (1910–11) 144; CJ (1840) 95; ibid (1917–18) 48; ibid (1941–42) 167; ibid (1951–52) 94. In the case of the messages of condolence to the German Empress in 1888 and to the Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duchess of Edinburgh, in 1900, the Speaker was directed to communicate the messages to Her Majesty's Ministers resident at their courts for presentation, CJ (1888) 293; LJ (1900) 398; CJ (1900) 380. A member of the royal household reported a reply by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to a message from the Commons congratulating them on the birth of Prince George, CJ (2013–14) 327.
  4. 4. CJ (1989–90) 565; ibid (1999–2000) 523.