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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

TLDR From natural-born citizens at least, no, you don't need to swear such allegiance, unless you're doing some very specific jobs. Even in such jobs, possible with some exceptional circumstances, ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

I have been a Canadian my whole life and I do not recall ever being asked to "swear allegiance" to the monarch verbally. Generally the monarchy is popular in a celebrity kind of way and while there ...
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Why are so many countries still in the Commonwealth?

One of the perks of membership in the Commonwealth is that new heads of government get to meet the monarch of the United Kingdom (Queen Elizabeth II, as of 2019). Membership in the Commonwealth ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

This is a complete non-issue in the UK. For example, the leader of the opposition in Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, has openly refused to sing the National Anthem when attending high profile, televised, ...
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Why are so many countries still in the Commonwealth?

Short version: because countries, like people, see value in belonging to clubs whose members share similar values and goals. Long version: The Commonwealth of Nations is a club of countries which ...
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Why doesn't UK consider Ireland a foreign country for the purpose of British law?

Ireland is a foreign country in British Law. But as a result of shared history and a succession of treaties, the two independent countries grant a variety of rights to each others citizens. This is a ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

British person here, swearing an oath of loyalty to the monarch only happens if you join government service of some kind (millitary, police, etc). Otherwise it almost never comes up. While I quite ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

New citizens Others have discussed most about those having citizenship from birth. I will attempt to answer this part of your question: What about a non-natural person otherwise qualifying for ...
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Why should/shouldn't India leave the commonwealth?

To follow your argument to its logical conclusion, why didn't Britain leave the Commonwealth? It has a much larger GDP than most other Commonwealth nations. Britain gains by having a top position in ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

The other answers comprehensively cover the UK and Canada cases. I'll offer the Australian perspective, as a naturalised Australian citizen. Contrary to Canada, the Australian citizenship pledge does ...
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Would Canada have to leave the Commonwealth to have a president?

Nope. India and Pakistan are members of the Commonwealth, and they both have presidents. Ireland left the Commonwealth when it became a republic before the London Declaration that allowed countries ...
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Why do countries keep the British Monarch as their head of state?

In part this is tied to the notion of the Commonwealth of Nations. Unlike the US, nations of the Commonwealth gained independence through civil and legal procedures as the British colonial system ...
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Why was excluding Australian Aboriginal populations from the Race Power considered racist?

As noted clearly in the Wikipedia article about Section 51(xxvi) of the Australian constitution, the purpose of the section was within the broader enumeration of federal powers, to allow the ...
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Is the monarch of the Commonwealth Realms a citizen of any or all of them?

Update for King Charles III - the King was born in November 1948, just before the commencement of the British Nationality Act 1948 mentioned below. He was born on the Sandringham estate, and by virtue ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

H2ONaCl's answer gives a good Canadian perspective, there is a similar list for the UK here, which lists Members of Parliament, prominent journalists and media personalities. MORI polls cited on the ...
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Why do countries keep the British Monarch as their head of state?

Not all countries are the same, and may have different reasons. The reasons given for Australia in this answer are likely to be common across other countries. To summarize: For a lot of people having ...
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Why hasn't the UK penalized a Commonwealth Realm for supporting China's National Security Law on Hong Kong?

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda advises the Queen of Antigua and Barbuda's representative, the Governor General, in their role as the head of state of Antigua and Barbuda, to approve or ...
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Why are so many countries still in the Commonwealth?

Simple answer.. Co-operation and communication between countries is always the better alternative. Alternative to what? To anything else! If you haven't got a shared table over which to discuss, ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

The other answers clearly address the practical aspect of the question, namely they correctly suggest that it is possible (and common) to live in the Commonwealth while openly disavowing the monarchy. ...
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To what extent do precedents in Westminster systems apply in other countries that use it?

Such precedents are of interest, but are in no way binding. That follows from the constitutional principle of Parliamentary supremacy, which prevents Parliament from binding a future Parliament. That ...
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When did Britain last veto or threaten to veto legislation in British Overseas Territories?

The Channel Islands are not British Overseas Territories, but they are a Crown dependency and the Crown does have the power to veto laws created in the Channel islands. Thus are in some ways similar ...
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Is there a Commonwealth nation that practices presidential form of government?

Yes, Botswana, Cameroon, Cyprus, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Kenya, Kiribati, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nauru, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, ...
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What is needed for a country to join the British Commonwealth?

The current membership criteria is established in the Kampala Communique, passed at the 2007 Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting. The current criteria have already dropped the requirement that ...
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Is Queen Elizabeth II a national of each of the Commonwealth realms?

The question is almost meaningless. As a British National, one has the right to live in Britain. Does the Queen have the right to live in Britain? She only enjoys this privilege as long as the ...
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Why doesn't UK consider Ireland a foreign country for the purpose of British law?

In 1900 the British Empire was single state in international law and dominions like Canada and Australia had self-government within the British Empire. They did not have separate citizenship laws or ...
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Why doesn't UK consider Ireland a foreign country for the purpose of British law?

In addition to the reasons listed in the accepted answer, the migration of Irish citizens to the rest of the UK, over hundreds of years, means that large numbers of UK citizens have Irish ancestry. ...
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How much are the dues for Commonwealth of Nations members?

There are three budgets run by the Commonwealth: the Commonwealth Secretariat Fund, the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Fund, and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation. (source) The ...
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What is needed for a country to join the British Commonwealth?

The Requirements for entrance to the Commonwealth of Nations are contained here. The criteria have been altered by a series of documents issued over the past eighty-two years. The most important ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

It is worth noting there are certain circumstances, that a non-natural citizen can acquire British citizenship without swearing the Oath of Allegiance. As I was a minor when I acquired my British ...
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Why haven't all the Commonwealth realms proclaimed Charles III as king yet?

According to an article in The Guardian dated 8th September, the issue is that not all constitutions define their head of state the same way. In some cases, the hereditary monarchy is written into the ...
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