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In the United Kingdommarker, Counsellors of State are senior members of the British royal family to whom the Monarch, presently Elizabeth II, delegates certain state functions and powers when she is abroad or unavailable for other reasons (such as short-term incapacity or sickness). Any two Counsellors of State may attend Privy Council meetings, sign state documents or receive the credentials of new ambassadors to the United Kingdommarker. While the establishment of a Regency carries with it the suspension of the monarch from the personal discharge of the royal functions, when Counsellors of State are appointed, both the Sovereign and the Counsellors can - the Counsellors within the limits of their delegation of authority - discharge the royal functions; so the monarch can give instructions to the Counsellors of State, or even personally discharge a certain royal prerrogative, when the Consellors are in place. The Counsellors of State and Regents always act in the name and on behalf of the Sovereign.

History

The first Counsellors of State were created in 1911 by an order in council of George V, and this process was repeated on each occasion of the King's absence or incapacity. The Regency Act 1937 established in law those individuals that could serve as Counsellors of State. The Counsellors of State are the consort of the monarch and the first four people in the line of succession who meet the qualifications. These qualifications are the same as those for a regent: they must be at least 21 years old (unless s/he is the heir-apparent or presumptive, in which case the requirement is 18 years), they must be domiciled in the United Kingdom, and they must be a British citizen. One exception was made for Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (see below).

Since the passage of the Regency Act 1937, the only person to have been a Counsellor of State while not a royal is The Earl of Harewood (although Princess Maud of Fife, who served as a Counsellor of State between 1942 and 1945, styled herself simply Lady Southesk); prior to that the Lord Chancellor, the Lord President of the Council, the Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury had been appointed to the position by George V.

Present

Currently, the Counsellors of State are:

List of Counsellors of State

The following is a list of all the people eilgible to have served as a Counsellor of State, since the passage of the Regency Act 1937, in chronological order. Prior to this, Counsellors were only appointed for specific trips and the appointment lapsed on the King's return. Note that this list contains the dates not of when they ruled, but when they actually held the position.



List of Councils of State

George V

Year and occasion/destination Counsellors
1911

Note: First Council of State
1925
Mediterraneanmarker cruise
1928–1929
King's illness
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
Note: Lord Hailsham and Mr. Baldwin were replaced by Lord Sankey and Mr. MacDonald respectively in 1929 after the change of government.
1936
Near death
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  4. HRH The Duke of Kent


Edward VIII

Due to the brevity of King Edward's reign, there were no Councils under him.

George VI

Year and occasion/destination Counsellors
1939



  1. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  2. HRH The Duke of Kent
  3. HRH The Princess Royal
  4. HRH Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife
Absences: The Queen accompanied the King on his trip.Notes: Since the Queen accompanied the King, she was technically not on the Council. However, she was listed among those in the Council. This created a problem, and was solved by the Regency Act 1943, which modified the Regency Act 1937, and said that if someone is absent and does not act as Counsellor, they will not be listed among the Counsellors. This occasion was the first rule of the Council of State under the provisions of the Regency Act 1937.
1943

North Africa tour
  1. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  2. HRH The Princess Royal
  3. HRH Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife
  4. HH Princess Maud, Countess of Southesk
Notes: HRH The Princess Elizabeth, the heiress-presumptive, was soon to turn 18. She would have been allowed to reign in her own right or act as a regent to her father on her 18th birthday; however, she could not act in the Council of State until she was 21. This was also fixed by the Regency Act 1943. This was Princess Maud's only time as a Counsellor.
1944

  1. HRH The Princess Elizabeth
  2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  3. HRH The Princess Royal
  4. HRH Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife
Notes: Though at this time, Viscount Lascelles should have been a Counsellor of State, he was a prisoner of war. The regular solution would be for him to simply be not included among the Counsellors. Nevertheless, Princess Arthur was made a replacement. This was Elizabeth II's first time helping to rule the country.
1947
Tour of Africa
  1. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  2. HRH The Princess Royal
  3. Viscount Lascelles
Absences within Council: HM The Queen and HRH The Princess Elizabeth were with the King.
Notes: Lord Harewood's first time as a Counsellor of State.
1951
King's illness
  1. HRH The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh
  2. HRH The Princess Margaret
  3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  4. HRH The Princess Royal
Notes: The King had planned to take a cruise with the Queen and Princess Margaret while Princess Elizabeth was on tour; however, this would have only left the Duke of Gloucester and the Princess Royal as Counsellors of State. There were plans to change the law so as to allow someone further down the succession to act as Counsellor of State, but the King died before the issue came up and the Regency Act 1953 did not make this rule.


Elizabeth II

1950s and 1960s

Year and occasion/destination Counsellors
tour, 24 November 1953 – 10 May 1954
  1. HRH The Princess Margaret
  2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  3. HRH The Princess Royal
  4. The Rt Hon. The Earl of Harewood


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen.

Notes: First Council under Elizabeth II, first time the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was a Counsellor under the laws of the Regency Act 1953.


28 January –

16 February 1956
  1. HRH The Princess Margaret
  2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  3. HRH The Princess Royal
  4. The Rt Hon. The Earl of Harewood


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen.


21 May – 23 May 1957
  1. HRH The Princess Margaret
  2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  3. HRH The Duke of Kent
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen.

Notes: This was the first time the 2nd Duke of Kent served as Counsellor of State.
tour of Oceania, 2 February – 27 March 1963
  1. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH The Duke of Gloucester, HRH Prince William of Gloucester, and HRH The Duke of Kent were also absent.

Notes: Princess Margaret was scheduled to go on a trip to Parismarker; however, when it was noticed that her trip would leave only the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother to rule the United Kingdom, and at least 2 of the Counsellors are needed to carry out royal duties, her trip was cancelled.


5 October – 13 October 1964
  1. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH Prince William of Gloucester and HRH The Duke of Kent were also absent.


18 May – 28 May 1965
  1. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
  3. HRH Prince William of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH The Duke of Kent was also absent.


29 June – 5 July 1967
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH Prince William of Gloucester was also absent.

Notes: This was the Prince of Wales's first appointment.


14 November – 17 November 1967
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH Prince William of Gloucester was also absent.


5 November – 11 November 1968
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH Prince William of Gloucester was also absent.


11 November – 18 November 1968


5 May – 10 May 1969
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH Prince William of Gloucester was also absent. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon was also absent at some point.


1970s

Year and occasion/destination Counsellors


18 October – 25 October 1971
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Anne were with the Queen.
Tour of the Indian Oceanmarker, 10 February – 26 March 1972
  1. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Anne were with the Queen; HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon were also absent.


15 May – 19 May 1972
  1. HRH The Princess Anne
  2. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and HRH The Prince of Wales were also absent.

Notes: This was Princess Anne's first appointment as a Counsellor of State.


25 June – 5 July 1973
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Notes: This was the first trip on which the Queen went without the Duke of Edinburgh, who therefore stayed behind as a Counsellor of State.


17 October – 22 October 1973
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
tour of the South Pacific, 30 January – 28 February 1974
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
Tour of the Caribbean and Mexico, 16 February – 1 March 1975
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


25 May – 28 May 1976
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
Tour of North America, 6 July – 25 July 1976
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Notes: In the Canadian portion of the tour, the Queen opened the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Princess Anne was a participant, part of the British equestrian team. The immediate Royal Family (the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and all four of their children) were all present for part of the games – the first time that they had all been together in one place outside the British Isles. Thus, the Duke, the Prince of Wales, and Princess Anne were unable to act as Counsellors during their respective absences of July. However, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, and the Duke of Gloucester were all available for the duration of the tour.


8 November – 12 November 1976
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester
tour of North America, 14 October – 2 November 1977
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


22 May – 26 May 1978
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


26 July – 6 August 1978
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


16 May – 19 May 1979
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour of Africa, 19 July – 4 August 1979
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


1980s

Year and occasion/destination Counsellors


29 April – 2 May 1980
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


24 May – 28 May 1980
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
Tour of North Africa, 21 October – 30 October 1980
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Princess Anne
  3. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  4. HRH The Duke of Gloucester


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes: Last council for the Duke of Gloucester


5 May – 8 May 1981
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes: First time Prince Andrew served
tour of Oceania & Sri Lanka, 26 September – 25 October 1981
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


15 April – 18 April 1982
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour of Oceania, 5 October – 1 November 1982
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour of the Caribbean, 13 February – 17 February 1983
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
Tour of North America, 8 March – March 1983
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour of South Asia and East Africa, 9 November – 26 November 1983
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
25 March – 30 March 1984
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


24 September – 7 October 1984
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Princess Anne
  4. HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes: Princess Margaret's last time on the council


25 March – 29 March 1985
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Anne


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes: Prince Edward's first time on the council
tour of the Caribbean, 9 October – 3 November 1985
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Anne


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
17 February – 13 March 1986
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Prince Andrew
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Anne


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
Tour of East Asia, 12 October – 23 October 1986
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Anne


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


9 October – 24 October 1987
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


19 April – 10 May 1988
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


17 October – 21 October 1988
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


8 March – 11 March 1989
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour of Southeast Asia, 9 October – 21 October 1989
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


1990s

Year and occasion/destination Counsellors
tour of Australasia and Singapore, 1 February – 17 February 1990
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
Tour of the North Atlantic, 25 June – 1 July 1990
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


14 May – 17 May 1991
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour of Southern Africa, 8 October – 19 October 1991
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


18 February – 25 February 1992
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


28 May – 30 May 1992
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


9 June – 12 June 1992
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


30 June – 2 July 1992
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


19 October – 23 October 1992
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


4 May – 7 May 1993
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


18 October – 24 October 1993
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour of the Caribbean, 18 February – 10 March 1994
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


13 August – 22 August 1994
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


17 October – 20 October 1994
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


19 March – 25 March 1995
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


30 October – 11 November 1995
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
Tour of Eastern Europe, 25 March – 29 March 1996
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


28 October – 1 November 1996
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:


23 June – 2 July 1997
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: HRH The Prince of Wales represent The Queen in the Hong Kong handover ceremony in the transfer of sovereignty to the People's Republic of Chinamarker

Notes:
tour on the Indian subcontinent, 6 October – 18 October 1997
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: Unknown

Notes:
tour on the Indian subcontinent, 17 September – 23 September 1998
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with The Queen; The Princess Royal departed for Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Mauritius on the evening of 21 September

Notes:


19 April – 22 April 1999
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Prince Edward
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with The Queen.

Notes:
tour of Africa, 7 November – 15 November 1999
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Earl of Wessex
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Duke of York was on a tour of the gulf until the evening of 11 November; The Earl of Wessex was in the USA until the evening of 10 November

Notes:


2000s

Year and occasion/destination Counsellors


17 March – 1 April 2000
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Earl of Wessex
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Duke of York was on a tour of the Caribbean until the morning of 21 March

Notes:


16 October – 19 October 2000
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Earl of Wessex
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen

Notes:


30 May – 1 June 2001
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Earl of Wessex
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen

Notes:
tour, 18 February – 3 March 2002
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Duke of York
  3. HRH The Earl of Wessex
  4. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Duke of York was on a tour of the Americas from 27 February; The Prince of Wales departed for Brazil and Mexico on the evening of 3 March

Notes: The Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal acted as Counsellors in facilitating the succession of the new High Commissioner for Brunei Darussalam on 21 February


4 October – 15 October 2002
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH The Earl of Wessex
  3. HRH The Princess Royal


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Duke of York was on a tour of Southwest Asia; The Earl of Wessex was in Finland until the afternoon of 6 October, and The Princess Royal was in Ethiopia 7 October11 October

Notes: Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was no longer able to serve on the council, due to her death on 30 March


3 December – 6 December 2003
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH The Earl of Wessex


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Duke of York was on a tour of the Middle East

Notes: Prince William's first appointment as counsellor


5 April – 7 April 2004
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Earl of Wessex was also (separately) in France

Notes:


2 November – 4 November 2004
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Earl and Countess of Wessex were in Poland; The Duke of York visited the United Arab Emirates on 3 November, for the funeral of the late President Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Notes:


17 May – 26 May 2005
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH The Duke of York
  4. HRH The Earl of Wessex


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Duke of York was in France until 18 May, and departed for Azerbaijanmarker on 25 May

Notes: The Earl's last time as a counsellor


23 November – 26 November 2005
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH Prince Henry of Wales
  4. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen

Notes: Prince Harry's first appointment as counsellor
12 March – 18 March 2006
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH Prince Henry of Wales
  4. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen

Notes:
Tour of Baltic Europe, 17 October – 20 October 2006
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH Prince Henry of Wales
  4. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen

Notes:


3 May – 8 May 2007
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH Prince Henry of Wales
  4. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Duke of York was in Canada until the morning of 6 May

Notes:
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2007, 20 November – 24 November 2007
  • , on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH Prince Henry of Wales
  4. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen; The Prince of Wales joined his parents for the CHOGM, departing Britain on the morning of 22 November

Notes: First time either of the young princes were counsellors without their father (in this event, for just more than two days)


13 May – 16 May 2008
  1. HRH The Prince of Wales
  2. HRH Prince William of Wales
  3. HRH Prince Henry of Wales
  4. HRH The Duke of York


Absences within Council: The Duke of Edinburgh was with the Queen

Notes: Data on 16 May as yet not available


See also



References

  1. When George VI died, Queen Elizabeth ceased to be queen consort, thus losing her position as Counsellor of State. However, the Regency Act 1953 made a special exception, including Queen Elizabeth as a Counsellor of State.



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