Privy Council of Albia
|Founded||12 June 2022|
|Founder||Luke I of Albia|
The Privy Council of Albia, officially His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council of Albia, or known simply as the Privy Council (PC), is a formal body of advisors to the Monarch of Albia. Its members are made up of Members of the House of Assembly, House of Lords and other appointed members.
The Privy Council formally advises the Sovereign on the exercise of their power. The Council advises the Sovereign on the issuing of Royal Decrees.
The Privy Council was founded on 12 June 2022 and is one of the oldest bodies in the Kingdom of Albia. It was established under the directive of Luke I of Albia.
Oath and initiation rights
To be initiated into the Privy Council appointed members take an oath in the House of Lords to fully take office. The oath is as follows.
I [name] do swear by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto the King's Majesty, as one of His Majesty's Privy Council. I will not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done, or spoken against His Majesty's Person, Honour, Crown, or Dignity Royal, but I will lettand withstand the same to the uttermost of your Power, and either cause it to be revealed to His Majesty Himself, or to such of His Privy Council as shall advertise His Majesty of the same. I will, in all things to be moved, treated, and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare my Mind and Opinion, according to my Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all Matters committed and revealed unto me, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Counsellors, I will not reveal it unto him, but will keep the same until such time as, by the Consent of His Majesty, or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. I will to my uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance unto the King's Majesty; and will assist and defend all Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to His 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 I will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to His Majesty. So help me God.
Privy counsellors can choose to affirm their allegiance in similar terms, should they prefer not to take a religious oath.
The initiation ceremony for newly appointed Privy Counsellors is held in private.
Term of office
Appointed Privy Councillors serve on the council at the monarch's pleasure but members who sit in cabinet serve for their term in government.
Rights and privileges
The Privy Council as a whole is termed "The Most Honourable" whilst its members individually, the Privy Counsellors, are entitled to be styled "The Right Honourable". Appointed members are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "PC", while most elected members who sit in cabinet use the post nominal "MP".
The Monarch of Albia is the ultimate authority over the Privy Council. However the President of the Privy Council of Albia is responsible for the general overseeing of the council. The President is appointed by the monarch.