The Life Peerages Act 1958 provides that the Sovereign has power by letters patent to confer on any person a peerage for life1. Except to the extent authorised by these provisions, a limitation by letters patent of the dignity for the life of the patentee is invalid2.
Letters patent creating a hereditary peerage must specify the patentee, the name of the dignity and its limitation to future heirs of the patentee3. The limitation must be one known to the law4. The rule in England is a limitation to heirs male of the body lawfully begotten or to be begotten with
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