demise of the crown meaning
The death of the sovereign. The Crown, in fact, never dies: the accession of the new sovereign takes place at the moment of the demise, and there is no interregnum.
- demise of the crown formerly caused a dissolution of parliament.
- Traditionally, the demise of the Crown resulted in the immediate dissolution of Parliament.
- A demise of the Crown no longer brings a session or a Parliament to an end.
- Immediate dissolution of parliament following the demise of the Crown was abolished by the Reform Act 1867.
- All civil service and Crown offices also, traditionally, became vacant upon the demise of the Crown.