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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, one can be 'anti-Monarchist' without repercussion. I'm British, so I can comment on the "natural-born" part of this question. What I say below applies for such ...


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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 are some anti-monarchists I believe it is not a significant political issue. Since individual rights are important to Canadians (and I imagine similarly to the ...


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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 provides a very weak guarantee against coups d'etat. If your military unlawfully forces your government out of power, you can appeal to the last remnants of British ...


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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, public events such as a memorial service commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Britain in WWII. It's hard to imagine any public figure "getting away ...


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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 are: united by English language, history, culture and their shared values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Also: No one government in the ...


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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 like the royals, a lot of people don't like them and are free to do so.


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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 citizenship or a passport ? United Kingdom To become a UK citizen, one must take an oath of allegiance. The text of the oath (from Wikipedia) is as follows: I, [...


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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 an international club. By remaining in the Commonwealth, India has a leadership position in a worldwide organisation. The purpose of the Commonwealth is to ...


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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 in the Commonwealth to have a different head of state.


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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 not pledge allegiance to the Queen. It it a common misconception though, so much so, that when one of my friends is about to become a citizen, I tease them by ...


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The difference in this case is that Prince Charles already has two heirs from his first marriage with the deceased Princess Diana Spencer (Prince William and Prince Henry). Should he have another child with Camilla Parker Bowles (very unlikely, considering that she was 57 when they married and is now 68), that child would be 5th in succession after Charles, ...


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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 Wikipedia page show around 20% of those sampled expressing republican views. The current Leader of the Opposition (Jeremy Corbyn) is one of the people ...


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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 commonwealth to discriminate against everyone except Aboriginal (and thus presumedly Torres Strait Islander) peoples. This of course meant that the power to ...


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The previously accepted answer is incorrect at least with regard to the Queen's British citizenship. Although the reigning monarch is arguably not a British subject, the current Queen is a British citizen according to law. These are distinct legal terms, regardless of what the OED says. The term 'British subject' is currently very rarely used, and until 1983 ...


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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 disapprove of legislation. The British government doesn't have anything to do with this process on any level as Antigua and Barbuda is an independent country. The ...


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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, whether it's the Commonwealth, EU, NATO, UN, WTO or even smaller organisations (e.g. CTBTO, FIFA, etc..), then you can't benefit from tangibles – from trade deals ...


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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. Nonetheless, the formal legal situation may be much less favorable. Indeed, under the Treason Felony Act 1848 of the United Kingdom, it is treason felony to "...


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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 being the case, there's no way that a decision of Parliament, or the executive, in another country can be binding. In the case at point, an attempt to ...


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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 members must be formerly part of British Empire. In fact, two Commonwealth members have never been a part of the British Empire at any point of history - they are ...


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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 Government choose to allow it. There are lots of examples of Kings and Queens being deposed and subsequently exiled. It seems reasonably clear that while normal ...


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A bill has to be passed in all commonwealth realms to allow the new rules of succession. All the countries have already decided they agree with this change but it needs to go though each country's parliament as a bill before it can happen. Should any countries disagree about implementing this change (which I doubt as it would appear extremely sexist to their ...


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No, she isn't. A citizen is: A legally recognized subject or national of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized: A queen or other monarch on the other hand is sovereign: A supreme ruler, especially a monarch It would be odd to describe the Queen as ruler and subject to herself. As to the Royal Family, they are subjects of the Queen, ...


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According to Wikipedia, Monarchy of Canada is not a subject of active discussions outside of academic circles. Although there is an organization in Canada called "Citizens for a Canadian Republic", founded in 2002, which advocates the replacement of the Canadian monarchy. Wikipedia articles Monarchy of Canada and Debate on the monarchy in Canada has some ...


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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 last of these is the largest (£30 million) and is funded by voluntary contributions by member states, with the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nigeria, ...


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Any change to the laws of succession to the British throne require the agreement of all those countries which have the British monarch as their head of state (the Commonwealth Realms). This is set out in the Statute of Westminster 1931, whose preamble states: any alteration in the law touching the Succession to the Throne or the Royal Style and Titles ...


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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 of these documents were the Statute of Westminster (1931), the London Declaration (1949), the Singapore Declaration (1971), the Harare Declaration (1991), ...


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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 Citizenship, my mother didn't want me to skip school (as she could get fined for doing so) to attend the ceremony and informed the council that she would be picking ...


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There seem to be at least three different issues being discussed here. One is, essentially, whether you are obliged to accept the authority of the law, the constitution, and the government of the country, which has the monarch as its titular head. The answer is: yes, you are. If you behave in a way that flouts that authority then you will end up in prison. ...


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According to the British line of succession, if a King is to die childless, the crown would then fall to the next oldest male son of the previous king, given that they were both born before the royal succession line was revised in 2011. Thereby, if Prince William was king now, and Prince William didn't have any children, the crown would fall to Prince Harry. ...


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In the 1990s, if an Australian boy or girl became a Scout, they had to swear "to do my duty to my God, and to the Queen of Australia." However these days they can choose instead to swear "to be true to my spiritual beliefs, to contribute to my community and our world."


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