James Brokenshire has been appointed to the Privy Council.
There are about 500 members of the Privy Council who have reached high public office. Membership includes all members of the Cabinet, past and present, the Speaker, the leaders of all major political parties, Archbishops and various senior judges as well as other senior public figures each of whom is entitled to use the prefix “Right Honourable” before their name.
Their role is to advise the Queen in carrying out her duties as Monarch. In the past Privy Counsellors were the chief governing body and fulfilled the role that the Cabinet performs today. The Privy Council has been in existence since the reign of the Norman kings and was historically composed of the Monarch’s most senior advisers and statesmen.
Commenting on his appointment, James said:
“It is a huge honour and privilege to have been made a Privy Counsellor. I am humbled to be joining such an historic institution with its role in advising the Monarch.”