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INSIGHTS Public Lecture: The Monarchy and the UK’s evolving constitution by Dr Catherine Haddon

Dr Catherine Haddon, Institute for Government

Date/Time: Thursday 19 May 2022, 5.30pm

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

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Hosted by Dr Martin Farr, Co-Chair of the Public Lectures Committee 

The exercise of Monarch’s reserve powers has generally occurred with little controversy. But recent events have reminded us of the constitutional risks if the Monarchy is drawn inadvertently into politics. To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this lecture will examine the evolution of this delicate balancing act.


Dr Catherine Haddon OBE is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government. She leads the Institute’s work on changes of government, ministers and the workings of the constitution as well as the Institute’s professional development programme for ministers and opposition parties. Alongside writing widely on the constitution and the executive, the history of government and civil service reform, Dr Haddon also frequently appears in the media and is regularly cited in the press.

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