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What is the Privy Council?

And why should I care?

By Josh Lowe  

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Is that something to do with toilets?

No. It’s the formal advisory body to the Queen, made up of around 600 people (very few of whom actually attend its monthly meetings). Among them are all current and former Prime Ministers, Cabinet ministers and, normally, the Leader of the Opposition—more on which later. You’ve also got royals, judges and bishops in the…

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