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Utilizing archival fabric from 4 states, interviews and correspondence with diplomats, and a wealth of literature at the Commonwealth and its participants, this booklet explores the evolution of specific diplomatic hyperlinks among Commonwealth states, and their reception into the foreign approach.

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All this was before the dominions had achieved either the right to sovereign statehood or the capacity to participate very actively in international relations. The dominions were therefore a puzzling phenomenon. Moreover, the uncertainty regarding their formal position was fostered and accentuated by two political factors. On the one hand, most dominions were unclear about the precise international status which they sought; nor did they agree about the speed at which they should travel to whatever destination might lie at the end of the constitutional road along which they were straggling.

Galt was quietly (and in a personal rather than ofÀcial capacity) included about halfway down the list, and Galt was also given personal entrée to royal ceremonial occasions such as Levées and Drawing rooms (as were his Canadian successors). ) Galt’s successor was, moreover, given a private audience with Queen Victoria soon after arriving. In 1911 King George V extended the privilege of entrée to the high commissioners from the other dominions, and also accorded them a fairly prominent position on the Áoor of the House of Lords, on the right of the throne.

35 Fourth, Galt could not have diplomatic immunity for that was based not on statutes but on international law and practice, and as Canada was not foreign, her relations with Britain were not governed by inter- 31 Malcolm Lindsay Shepherd memoirs, National Archives of Australia, A1632 1part2, digital page 125. 32 Later complaints included the ‘unfailing’ ‘Englishness of the English’; England’s intense nationalism; her ‘insufferable . . ca. 33 Galt-Macdonald, quoted in Skilling (1945) 97. 34 Until 1945 British constitutional theory maintained that just as the sovereign was one person, so was the crown juridically indivisible.

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