Protocol ranking in the United Kingdom
The protocol hierarchy in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , like the history of the British monarchy , is long and complex. There are separate lists for the individual parts of the empire ( England and Wales , Scotland and Northern Ireland ) as well as for women and men. In the United Kingdom, the social significance of the protocol rank was still very great until the Second World War .
A consolidated precedent list would, in very simplified terms, follow this pattern:
- The monarch ( Queen Elizabeth II )
- Members of the royal family
- The highest ecclesiastical dignitary (in England the Archbishop of Canterbury , Justin Welby )
- The Great Officers of State and some other ceremonial offices; these can also be found spread over the rest of the list
- The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( Boris Johnson )
- Prime Minister of the Commonwealth when visiting the Kingdom
- The Speaker of the House of Commons ( Lindsay Hoyle )
- The Speaker of the House of Lords ( Lord Fowler )
- The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales ( John Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd )
- Foreign ambassadors
- Higher British Nobles :
- Bishops of the Church of England (not in Scotland)
- Barons and Lords of Parliament
- Minister of the Crown
- Titular nobility ( baronets and knights ; salutation sir / lady ), in between judges
- Esquires and ladies or gentlemen
The most powerful office in fact is that of Prime Minister as head of government .
- http://www.heraldica.org/topics/britain/order_precedence.htm (For England and Wales)
- http://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/59201/page.htm (For the members of the new Supreme Court)
- http://www.opsi.gov.uk/RevisedStatutes/Acts/aep/1539/caep_15390010_en_1 (For the members of the House of Lords)
- ^ New Lord Speaker. UK Parliament, August 24, 2016, accessed September 7, 2016 .