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Queen Elizabeth: These are the powers of the UK monarch

Queen Elizabeth: These are the powers of the UK monarch

At Britain The king he’s got mainly a ceremonial role and he is not expected to intervene in political affairs. However, as head of state, he maintains certain constitutional powers.

Parliament is the highest legislative authority in Britain and includes the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the Crown – another term for monarchy.

The Crown is the oldest component of the British system of governmentbut, as APE-MPE reports, his powers have weakened over time and today are largely honorary.

Government appointment

The day after the general election, the monarch calls on the leader of the party that won the most seats in the House of Commons to become prime minister and form a government.

THE Queen Elizabeth appointed Liz Truss as Prime Minister of Britain last Tuesday, tasked with leading the country through a lurking recession and energy crisis that threatens the future of millions of households and businesses.

Commencement of parliamentary term or dissolution of parliament

The monarch declares the opening of parliament’s work each year in a ceremony steeped in tradition, called the Throne Speech, and proceeds to read out the government’s plans for the next 12 months.

This major annual event usually begins with the arrival of the monarch at Westminster, in procession from Buckingham Palace. Wearing the imperial crown, the king or queen enters the House of Lords.

The official of parliament known as ‘Black Rod’ then goes to call on the members of the House of Commons, where they symbolically slam the door in his face, in a sign of independence from the monarchy.

The Crown dissolves parliament with the same solemnity before holding new parliamentary elections.

Royal Assent

When one law plan approved by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, it esubmitted to the monarch for ratification and acquire the force of law.

Although the king can refuse to assent to a bill, it is really just a formality.

The last monarch to refuse to give her assent was Queen Anne, in 1708.

Confidence in the prime minister

Queen Elizabeth II received the prime ministers once a week, in a hearing during which they informed her of their plans and concerns. This meeting was increasingly held by teleconference towards the end of her reign.

“They tell me what’s going on or if they have problems, and sometimes I can also help them in one way or another,” the late queen said in a documentary broadcast in 1992, noting that “they know I can be impartial.”


The monarch has the power to appoint Lords to parliamentbut this power is exercised only on the basis of the opinion of the government ministers.

The king also personally bestows the knighthood, honoring those who have made a significant contribution to British society, in all areas.

The government submits to the monarch each year a list of candidates for approval for public honours.

Constitutional crises

The monarch he has the power to exercise his royal prerogatives “in case of a serious constitutional crisis” – then he is authorized to disagree with the opinion of the ministers, but this has never happened in modern times.

Head of the Anglican Church

As head of the Church of England, the king has the power to appoint bishops and archbishops, but even in this, his power is exercised according to the opinion of an ecclesiastical committee.

Source: News Beast