201. Authority for and over the armed forces in general.

The armed forces include naval forces, land forces and air forces. Authority for the existence of the naval forces of the Crown derives from the royal prerogative1. The existence of the land forces was formerly regarded as authorised by the royal prerogative and by statute, but at the present day it is from statute that their existence is derived2. Authority for the existence of the air forces has been wholly statutory from their inception3. The supreme government, command and disposition of all forces by sea, land and air, and of all defence establishments, is vested in the Crown by