estates of the realm

One of the two constituent parts of parliament, consisting of the lords spiritual, the lords temporal and the commons, the other part being the king. The king and these three estates form the great corporation or body politic of the kingdom, of which the king is the head. See 1 Bl Comm 153.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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