Monday, August 15, 2011

Enforced Countersignature at 100

A century ago today Royal Assent was given by his Majesty King Haakon VII to a constitutional amendment changing the status of the regal signature. The phrase “in order to be valid” was added. In addition military command cases were made subject to countersignature, which they were not before this amendment.

It is said that this amendment effectively turned the regal signature into the real countersignature – in a formal way, but still keeping the countersignature the countersignature formally.

An important step in the emasculation of the King of Norway was made on this day a hundred years ago.

The amendment came about six years after King Oscar II had denied Royal Assent and his cabinet had refused to countersign.

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