Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Queen's Power

How much power does Her Majesty the Queen (long may she live!) actually possess, people sometimes ask me. Is her position purely ceremonial now? Well, no. Her Majesty the Queen is actually the most powerful person in Britain. Those who would wish for the UK to abolish the monarchy on the grounds that the position is now purely ceremonial would do well to consider the following facts (particularly the last two sentences), taken from FAQ of The Heraldica website:
Her Majesty is the Head of State of the United Kingdom and is Head of the Commonwealth. She is Sovereign of the British Orders of Knighthood, Sovereign Head of the Order of St. John, Lord High Admiral, and, in theory, is all-powerful, the source of justice and the fountain of honour.  However, her power is limited by the (unwritten) Constitution.  The Queen's real power lies in her being able to deny absolute power to anyone else.  For example, it is in her power to dismiss the prime minister and dissolve Parliament.

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