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According to the Parliament website:

Does the Queen give Royal Assent in person?

The Queen can give Royal Assent in person but this has not happened since 1854. The Queen's agreement to give her assent to a Bill is a formality.


There is no set time period between the conclusion of consideration of amendments/ping pong and royal assent.

...which could give rise to shenanigans.

The great constitutional authority Wikipedia says:

The last bill that was refused assent by the sovereign (on the advice of ministers) was the Scottish Militia Bill during Queen Anne's reign in 1708.[4]

Under modern constitutional conventions, the sovereign generally acts on, and in accordance with, the advice of his or her ministers.[5] However, there is some disagreement among scholars as to whether the monarch should withhold royal assent to a bill if advised to do so by her ministers.[6] Since these ministers most often enjoy the support of parliament and obtain the passage of bills, it is improbable that they would advise the sovereign to withhold assent. Hence, in modern practice, the issue has never arisen, and royal assent has not been withheld.[7]

From the same UK Parliament page as above:

Lords Commissioners: are also Privy Counsellors - appointed to advise the Queen in carrying out her duties.

They perform certain functions on behalf of the Queen, including announcing Royal Assent during prorogation.

The acting Lords Commissioners are known as the Royal Commission.

Back to Wikipedia:

The Royal Commission includes at least three--and usually five--Lords Commissioners. In current practice, the Lords Commissioners usually include the Lord Chancellor, the Archbishop of Canterbury (who is named but usually does not participate), the leaders of the three major parties in the House of Lords, the convenor of the House of Lords Crossbenchers and (since 2007) the Lord Speaker.[citation needed]

The Lord Speaker is the Speaker of the House of Lords. The Lord Chancellor (named by Bojo) is currently Robert Buckland, a Welsh barrister who was for Remain in the 1916 referendum.

On balance, therefore, we may safely say that... god alone knows what might happen if Bozzer wanted to torpedo or delay this bill. The whole thing depends on all the lords and ladies bowing and curtseying and dancing the gavotte in a public-spirited manner. And since, after all, Bozzer represents the Will of the People, all kinds of things might happen.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 03:12:17 PM EST
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