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Utilizing archival fabric from 4 states, interviews and correspondence with diplomats, and a wealth of literature at the Commonwealth and its participants, this booklet explores the evolution of specified diplomatic hyperlinks among Commonwealth states, and their reception into the overseas method.

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12 Koppel memorandum, 1926 quoted in Hillmer (1981) 65; MacDonald-Robert Cecil, 7 August 1930, BL, Cecil papers, Add MSS 51081. 13 Nicolson (1952) 485. In 1930 the King had for the Àrst time found his wishes overridden—over the appointment of an Australian governor-general. Hence the announcement ‘icily’ did not refer to the King being pleased to make the appointment: Garner (1978) 66–7; Nicolson (1952) 477–82. 15 B. The Enhanced Standing of High Commissioners in London Naturally these developments affected the standing of high commissioners.

Lloyd George had already caused huge offence by taking dominion military support for granted at the outset of the 1922 Near East (Chanak) crisis; at the 1924 and 1929 League Assemblies, Ramsay MacDonald was brusque with dominion delegates and made them feel as if they were back at school; and as late as 1936 the Conservative prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, was ‘a triÁe surprised and shocked’ 9 Britain would have liked the Great Seal of the Realm to be regarded as a Commonwealth seal. ] Harding’s [PUS] shoulder, and said, “My dear boy, if they want to break away, they’ll break away, and you won’t stop them with Seals or anything else” ’: Dixon memoirs, 42.

This statute did not purport to confer immunity but only referred to its existence, and its main effect was to provide penalties for persons who might be tempted to prosecute their claims against persons entitled to immunity’: Diplomatic Immunities (Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland) Bill, brief for second reading debate, November 1951, TNA, DO35/2226. 37 Ambassadors were near the top of England and Wales’ lengthy table of precedence as traditionally and by courtesy they yielded only to royal highnesses.

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