Royal Proclamations

A royal proclamation was a legislative ordinance from the monarch and, in its published form, would be prefaced by the royal coat of arms; it might be made on the advice of the Privy Council; it would be signed by the monarch and issued under the Great Seal; it would be sent to offficials, for example sheriffs and mayors, accompanied by a royal writ ordering public proclamation of the schedule. The right to issue proclamations was a common law prerogative of the Crown. The proclamation was inferior to statute and common law. They touched neither life nor common law rights of property. They could create offences with penalties attached but could not create a felony or a treason. Tudor royal proclamations touched social, economic, religious and administrative matters only.