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30 Apr 2004 - warrant regarding adopted children of peers
Constitutional Policy Division, 54 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QW
The QUEEN has been pleased by Warrant under Her Majesty's Royal Sign Manual, bearing date 30 April 2004, to approve the changes contained in the Warrant set out below:
ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories, QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, To Our Right Trusty and Right Entirely Beloved Cousin Edward William, Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal and Our Hereditary Marshal of England.
WHEREAS We have taken into Our Royal Consideration that children adopted within the meaning of the Adoption Act 1976 or adopted within the meaning of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 by Peers of the Realm are not accorded the styles and courtesy titles proper to the children of Peers:
Now We are graciously pleased to ordain and declare that such styles and courtesy titles as are proper to the younger children of Peers of the Realm shall be accorded to the children of Peers adopted within the meaning of the Adoption Act 1976 or adopted within the meaning of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 notwithstanding that no right of succession to any dignity or title of honour nor any precedence is thereby conferred upon them:
OUR WILL AND PLEASURE therefore is that you the said Edward William, Duke of Norfolk, to whom the cognizance of matters of this nature in England and Wales doth properly belong, do see this Our Order observed and kept and that you do also cause these Presents to be recorded in Our College of Arms to the end that Our Officers of Arms and all others upon occasion may take due notice and have knowledge thereof;
AND for so doing this shall be our Warrant.
GIVEN at Our Court of St James's
The 30th day of April 2004
In the fifty-third Year of Our Reign.
By Her Majesty's Command.
Falconer of Thoroton C
The London Gazette, 2 Jun 2004
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