The Crown is not obliged to terminate an abeyance1. The Crown can terminate an abeyance in favour of any co-heir2, but may not grant the dignity to anyone but a co-heir3. Certain limitations on the power to call peerages out of abeyance have been accepted by the Crown. The most important of these limitations are:
(1) that no abeyance is to be terminated after the lapse of a century; and
(2) that no petition is to proceed where the petitioner represents less than one-third of the entire dignity unless he is a child of the last holder4.
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