An Act for settling the Militia of that Part of Great Britain called Scotland was denied Royal Assent. It was so on March 11, 1708. In the Gregorian Calendar this was March 22 302 years ago today.
Queen Anne of Great Britain and Ireland
It was Her Britannic Majesty Queen Anne who delivered the veto.
Never since has an act of the two houses of Parliament been denied Royal Assent. In this age of modern democracy, it has become unthinkable. Nor would it like it or not be politically acceptable.
We cannot expect minorities, tradition, or ancient liberties to be protected by the Sovereign against the will of the majority or against politicos acting in its name.
Given the rate of constitutional revision these days, it would come as no surprise if this and other phantom powers were soon formally removed.
We are required in this age of mass democracy to put our faith in the wisdom of the masses and our right to vote amongst the millions our right to pour a bucket of water in Lake Superior and watch the water level rise.