Cornwall and the Duchy of Cornwall (Duketh Kernow)

'The Duchy of Cornwall comprises the County of Cornwall' (Government Legal Department)

We have all seen the work of constitutional lawyer and Notary Public, Dr. John Kirkhope, who has spent years investigating the unique laws governing the Duchy of Cornwall and who has written extensively about them. (John Kirkhope's website here:

Dr. Kirkhope has published a number of academic papers and books concerning the unique laws governing Cornwall, a most readable one being 'An Introduction to the Laws of the Duchy of Cornwall, The Scilly Isles and Devon' (available here: )

Cornwall has many characteristics which distinguishes it from other parts of England. In fact, although referred to as a County, it is far more, it is a Duchy and is actually merely administered as a County, with a County Council established as recently as 1889 and abolished on 31 March 2009 when it became a Unitary Authority and quite simply 'Cornwall Council.'

Most probably know that the Duke of Cornwall is Charles Windsor, more fully known as His Royal Highness The Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Earl of Chester, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Grand Master and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen's Service Order, Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty.

This man and his appointed heir exercises incredible power and control over his rights in Cornwall and despite proclaiming his green credentials elsewhere, in Cornwall is a ruthless property developer building over green fields. He has the power to intervene anywhere to protect his vast income and power, even into legal cases being held at the Crown Court.

Indeed it is fascinating to note that even the legal department of the Westminster Government openly notes that the 'Duchy of Cornwall comprises the County of Cornwall'. This was also noted in the 'The Royal Commission on the Constitution' finalised by Lord Kilbrandon in 1973.

(See here:

If one dies without a will in Cornwall and without issue or lawful inheritors, the Duke will take your estate. The same applies to dissolving companies under a provision known as 'Bona vacantia'. Over in England of course, the Queen benefits but not in Cornwall. In Cornwall it is Charles who owns full mineral and other rights and not the Queen and many householders and land owners have recently been informed of this by official notice.

Much more information about the Duchy of Cornwall can be found here: .

Cornwall is therefore a Duchy. It may appear part of England and is even treated as such for convenience. In fact, it is not.

(Picture show the Arms of the Duchy of Cornwall)

Very grateful to Craig Weatherhill for some of the source material.

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