Privy seal

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PRIVY SEAL, Eng. law. A seal which the king uses to such grants or things as pass the great seal. 2 Inst. 554.

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She was promoted to Leader of the House of Lords and the Lord Privy Seal in 2014 and re-appointed to the same Cabinet post after the 2015 General Election.
Cameron can alter the status of the Lords Leader in his Cabinet, but he can't mess with the Lord Privy Seal.
In the case of Chancery scribes a model was there to be studied and practiced, and they were trained to write in a uniform style, while Hoccleve presumably followed the conventions of the Privy Seal Office.
Double take: Actress Meryl Streep makes a convincing Margaret Thatcher What a bunch: The 1983 Conservative cabinet: top, standing, from left, Chief Whip John Wakeham, Agriculture Michael Jopling, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Lord Cockfield, Employment Norman Tebbit, Lord Privy Seal John Biffen, Wales Nicholas Edwards, Environment Patrick Jenkin, Social Services Norman Fowler, Trade Cecil Parkinson, Transport Tom King, Chief Secretary Peter Rees, Cabinet Secretary Robert Armstrong.
When he heard of the Soviet invasion he immediately summoned Lord Privy Seal Koichi Kido and told him, "In the light of the Soviet entry .
government during his visit in June 1957 to lighten life sentences for the 10 war criminals, released on parole, including Koichi Kido, a former lord keeper of the privy seal.
Gilmour's private secretary later wrote, ''While expressing the prime minister's appreciation of arrangements in hand, the Lord Privy Seal (Gilmour) explained that the prime minister would prefer that, as in this country, her personal security were treated on the same basis as that of other prime ministers, and that she should not have, as some reports had suggested, a special detachment of female bodyguards.
A letter from the Lord Privy Seal to the Foreign Office, on May 21, 1979, detailed Cabinet Secretary Sir John Hunt's concerns.
A letter from the Lord Privy Seal to the Foreign Office in May that year, detai led cabinet secretary Sir John Hunt's concerns.
Privy Seal, the best horse he ever trained, was second in the Triumph Hurdle in 1968 and third to Persian War in the Champion Hurdle in 1969.
The foregoing muddle notwithstanding, it seems that the lack of a privy seal renders the "Great" unnecessary, illogical, or pompous (or perhaps all three).
The ex-Defence Secretary, then Sir Ian Gilmour, was sacked by Margaret Thatcher in 1981 while Lord Privy Seal.