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If the British King dies childless but with a pregnant wife, who is the monarch?

Suppose the British King dies and he is currently childless, but his wife is pregnant. Under the succession laws of the commonwealth realms, what happens? I see three natural possibilities: The next ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

Suppose a natural-born citizen of one of those countries principally objects to the notion of monarchy and in particular is unwilling to swear allegiance to a king or queen - are there any rights or ...
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Why does the British PM meet the Queen every week?

The British PM traditionally meets the Queen every week to discuss government matters. However this seems like a pointless exercise given that the British monarch lacks any direct influence. So why ...
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Can the crown veto constitutional Amendments in Canada?

I know that this would be practically be suicide for the Crown's power to do so, but hypothetically, could they?
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Do heirs to the British monarchy need to prove their fertility when they come of age to ensure the line of succession?

With the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, royal weddings and lines of succession are being discussed again. This makes me wonder about lines of succession and providing heirs to ...
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Can Prince Charles pass the throne to Prince William of his own free will?

A recent poll shows that only a quarter of Britons want to see Charles succeed his mother as monarch. The public seems to be in favor of Prince William to have the throne: Only a quarter of ...
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A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Have others been ever accused and convicted for sedition?

As of 16th October 2017, A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. As the BBC news reports: Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist ...
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Could a democratic removal of the British monarchy ever be practically implemented?

There seems to be increasingly anti-monarchist sentiment in the UK, and although I don't see this happening any time soon I think it's worthwhile asking how this would ever work. How would this ever ...
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How can the monarchy in Spain disappear?

At the moment, there is a monarchy in Spain for long time. Before was more important and relevant but nowadays it seems only as a figure that does not have such a relevance What are the possibilities ...
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Could the Queen have stopped Brexit?

If Her Majesty so desired, would she have been allowed to overrule the will of both the people and the House of Commons and prevent the triggering of Article 50? If so, what political backlash would ...
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What other times have there been a Queen's Speech without a majority government?

So the Queen's Speech is today and The Conservatives have a minority government, which got me wondering, what other times has a Queen's Speech occurred without a majority government?
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What is the purpose of the Queen's Speech?

It has been reported Theresa May is cancelling next year's queen speech, which made me wonder what significance the queen's speech actually has, what is the purpose of it, if the prime minister can ...
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What power does the Queen have in the event of a Hung Parliament?

Media reports that Mrs. May (Conservatives) is heading to the Queen soon requesting to form a government, even though her party has no majority. Corbyn & McDonnell (Labour Party) also want to ...
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Power of Monarchs [duplicate]

Why do people claim that monarchs in constitutional monarchies like the monarchy of the United Kingdom contain no power when de jure they hold almost all of the power in the country with the country ...
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What kind of legislative power does the British monarchy possess?

When did the British monarchy actually hand over its legislative powers to the parliament? Why is the monarchy still present today? There seems to be no real need for it anymore. Not only that I think ...
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As the British Monarchy has given up divine right, how can they maintain the motto Dieu et mon droit (God and my right)

If the English Bill of Rights 1689 makes clear that the British Monarchy does not rule by divine right how can the British Monarchy reasonably retain the motto "Dieu et mon droit" (God and my right) ...
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Can a country without a constitution be a Constitutional Monarchy?

I am doing research on the subject of false-authority. The most objective thing to base it on seems to come from the soundness of the terms governments use to define themselves. One of the main ...
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Is a consitutional monarchy really a democracy?

According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with a parliament. Basically meaning a monarchy that is restrained by constitution with a parliament that makes the rules, as ...
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Are there non historical reasons for a monarchy?

Currently there are around 45 monarchies in the world (list of current sovereign monarchs). Going through the list I do not see many cases in which the monarchy being introduced in recent history. ...
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Why was Edward VIII's marriage a problem, but not Prince Charles's?

When Edward VIII wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, the fact she had been divorced was a problem that ultimately led to his abdication. Decades later, Charles, Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker ...
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Which are the advantages of monarchy?

Some western democracies are monarchies (UK, Denmark, Spain...). What are the advantages that this system gives to the people, when compared with a presidential system? I want to stress that I'm ...
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How is UKIP seen in the United States or elsewhere?

One wonders whether it is even known of outside of Europe. UKIP is the United Kingdom Independence Party, who campaign on the right to self determination and libertarianism.
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Why does the UK have a Queen instead of a King?

Why is that? Is it because this way you know that the blood line would be still okay or any other logical reason except for tradition?
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Did any state in recent history become a Monarchy?

Are there any states in recent history - say 1900 and on - which became a monarchy after being a non-monarchy for a significant period of time before that? Monarchy is in a literal sense, with the ...
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Is there any significant political movement in England to get rid of Monarchy?

I know that there are/were significant political movements to get rid of the Queen's rule in some former colonies and Commonwealth states (from USA in 1776 to 1980/90s in Australia - see Republic ...
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Has the British Monarch ever exercised their right to revoke land “ownership” rights for personal use?

As I understand the British monarchy, all land in the United Kingdom is owned by the monarch. Owners of houses and businesses and the like within the United Kingdom are merely granted the use of the ...
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In European monarchies, do any of the monarchs have the right of legislative initiative?

Which of the European monarchs have the right of legislative initiative? Are there any who do? I'm finding it difficult to find any information on the internet about the right of initiative in various ...
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How is constitutional monarchy perceived in Commonwealth realms other than United Kingdom?

Especially in countries with huge population and economy like Canada and Australia, what's the opinion of people about constitutional monarchy? Are there any well known groups or indivuals who opposes ...