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The English statute 12 and 13 Wm. HL, c. 2, 'whereby the crown was limited to his present majesty's illustrious house: and some new provisions were added, at the same fortunate era, for better securing our religion, laws, and liberties; which the statute declares to be 'the birthright of the people of England,' according to the ancient doctrine of the common law.' This Act resolved the question of royal succession unsettled after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. It limited the Crown to Protestant members of the House of Hanover. It also established that judges must hold office during good behavior rather than at the will of the sovereign.

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