A Conversation for The British Privy Council

That pesky Oath

Post 1

Sea Change

It doesn't seem to say anything about safeguarding the Queen, or serving the general good of the British folk, or of even preventing anarchy.

What drives the Privy Council?

That pesky Oath

Post 2


Serving the general good - well, remember, this came in a long time ago, so the idea of being nice to the ordinary folk would have been laughed out of court... as for the other stuff, I think that would be taken as read. Although I suspect by the time you get to that position you will have taken various other oaths anyway. For example, all MPs must swear an oath to the King/Queen before they can take their seats.

There is actually a rather good analogy mentioned in F19585?thread=165009 round about post 30.

To answer (or not) your other questions, I think all universities are regulated to some extent by the council. The official site explains it better. Ditto chartered status. New chartered bodies are pretty rare, and you generally have to have a good reason to apply. Again, the official site has details on the hoops to jump through to get chartered status.

That pesky Oath

Post 3


That may be because the quotation is incomplete. The whole text of the Oath is as follows: You do swear by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. You will not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against Her Majesty’s Person, Honour, Crown or Dignity Royal, but you will lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of your power, and either cause it to be revealed to Her Majesty Herself, or to such of Her Privy Council as shall advertise Her Majesty of the same. You will in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare your Mind and Opinion, according to your Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Counsellors you will not reveal it unto him but will keep the same until such time as, by the consent of Her Majesty or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. You will to your uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Queen’s Majesty; and will assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to Her Majesty and annexed to the Crown by Acts of Parliament, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty

That pesky Oath

Post 4

Sea Change

Awesome! Thank you, gallers.

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