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Picture of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the Dominion of British West Florida In the exertion of lawful prerogative, the Queen, or in this Dominion Her Governor-General – acting in Her Name – is and ought to be absolute; that is, so far absolute, that there is no legal authority that can either delay or resist them.

The government shares the view of Wade and Bradley, in their work Constitutional and Administrative Law (11th Ed. 1993), that "...it is not possible to give a comprehensive catalogue of prerogative powers".



We can however provide a short list of the common and prominent prerogative powers:


The Queen, or in this Dominion Her Governor-General acting in Her Name; As She Pleases.


The Queen, or in this Dominion her Governor-General, has also the sole prerogative of making war and peace. For it is held by all the writers on the law of nature and nations, that the right of making war, which by nature subsisted in every individual, is given up by all private persons that enter into society, and is vested in the sovereign power.


The prerogative includes duties, not just rights. The foremost of these are the Defence of the Realm and the keeping of the Queen's Peace.

The monarch is also immune from prosecution in the courts. The logic for this is that the Queen is present in all courts and acts as the prosecuting authority in all cases criminal; she cannot therefore sue or prosecute herself nor judge her own case.