Monarchy part of UK tradition

Monarchy has been part of our history since 1066 (not too mention the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings before that).  Naturally the powers and duties of the Monarch have changed considerably between William I to Elizabeth II, as democracy has prevailed over the rule of one person.  Today, the Monarchy in its current form is mostly ceremonial (appoints Prime Minister, Head of Armed Forces, Supreme Governor of the Church of England, Head of the Commonwealth, along with hosting foreign leaders), along with being popular with the general population and tourists.  (Being popular does not require a 100% approval rating, but it does have a big majority).  But the key point being, the Monarch does not choose the Prime Minister, nor does the Monarch decide when to go to war, nor decide Church of England policy.

The Constitution should generally state powers/duties of the Monarch as Head of State, but the details and specifics of the duties/powers should be decided by Parliament (and future Parliaments).  For instance, this Parliament voted that the heir to the throne is the 1st born child (whether male or female);  this was not decided by the current Monarch, but rather Parliament (which theoretically embodies the "will of the people").  A future Parliament may choose a different method of succession, but the future Parliament should not be bound by todays Constitution.

edited on Feb 14, 2015 by Ruobing Wang
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