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What is the biggest monarchy where the monarch has real power in modern day?

By almost any measure, Saudi Arabia takes the prize. Most of the absolute monarchies or even monarchies where the monarchy has more than symbolic power outside a rare constitutional crisis are in the ...
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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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What would happen if the Queen died immediately before a general election?

Upon the Demise of the crown (which covers both the death of the current monarch or their abdication, or any other event ending the reign of the monarch), the next in succession immediately becomes ...
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Why does the British PM meet the Queen every week?

It is a constitutional rather than a statutory requirement: Prime Ministers have a constitutional responsibility to tell the Queen what is happening (John Major) The Queen remains the Head of ...
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Could the Queen have stopped Brexit?

In theory: Yes. Brexit requires legislation, which the Queen can veto; and the Queen also has prerogative over international treaties. It was decided by the UK Supreme Court that the government ...
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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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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 was Edward VIII's marriage a problem, but not Prince Charles's second?

The difference in this case is that Prince Charles already had two heirs from his first marriage with the deceased Princess Diana Spencer (Prince William and Prince Henry). Should he have another ...
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What power does the Queen have in the event of a Hung Parliament?

Queen's prerogative powers The Queen has the right to authorise the forming of a new government and the appointment of a Prime Minister. So, theoretically, she can and has the power to say 'no' to ...
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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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Can Prince Charles pass the throne to Prince William of his own free will?

Yes, he most certainly could, assuming that Parliament agreed to accept his abdication. We have a precedent in the His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 where Parliament passed a bill ...
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Why does the UK have a Queen instead of a King?

Laws of royal succession vary between monarchies. Some have inheritance in the male line only, but others do not. The UK has a tradition of allowing inheritance through the female line; and of women ...
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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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If the elected UK parliament falls into disarray, can the reigning monarch take over?

Questions about the power of the Queen come up occasionally on this site. The normal answer goes something like this. The Queen has absolute authority to do as she pleases; however, she does not ...
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If the elected UK parliament falls into disarray, can the reigning monarch take over?

The situation you're asking about is a Hung Parliament and is fairly common. While the Queen can't simply take over government if parliament is hung, she (or rather her ministers) can use Orders in ...
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Is Herman van Rompuy's recently-created noble title hereditary?

No. Belgian noble titles are only hereditary in rare instances, although it does still happen. As you mention, Herman van Rompuy's title was granted by Royal Decree on July 8th 2015. This was ...
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What would happen if the Queen died immediately before a general election?

There has been an instance of restarting from no monarch, no parliament so the answer to "Is there a scenario where the UK is left permanently without a parliament?" is "No". In 1688, James II fled ...
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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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Which are the advantages of monarchy?

The arguments I found in favour of constitutional monarchy (some of them could be biased): Some people are going to a admire celebrities no matter what. Without monarchy they admire film actors or ...
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Can the Queen still cancel Brexit?

It's very difficult to answer such a hypothetical question but here goes... The Queen could have unilaterally attempted to invoke a no deal Brexit by withdrawing the UK from its EU treaty obligations....
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Could the Queen have stopped Brexit?

She could, but would have been unlikely to happen. The Supreme Court ruled in January that Parliament must vote on whether to invoke Article 50 (although the devolved parliaments do not need to be ...
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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?

The very short answer is no. The sole requirement for an heir to the throne (per the Act of Settlement 1701) is that they have to be "Heirs of [the monarch's] Body" and "such Issue to ...
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Can the Queen still cancel Brexit?

Once upon a time, the UK was a genuine monarchy. These days, the Queen acts as Crown-in-Parliament, which is a fancy way of saying that everybody pretends that the Queen still is the source of ...
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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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Within what limits can the prime minister ask the queen to prorogue parliament?

The limits can only be decided by a court, because the UK does not have written constitution setting them out. The PM advises the queen to prorogue Parliament. There is an unwritten rule that the ...
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Is a consitutional monarchy really a democracy?

The definition of a democracy is one where the government is chosen by some form of election. Not all constitutional monarchies are democracies, because not all constitutional monarchies' governments ...
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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)

At the core, you are conflating political culture with political institutions. Political institutions are things like laws (including constitutions), courts, legislatures, offices - all the formal ...
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How can the monarchy in Spain disappear?

An elected government could start re-drafting the constitution to remove the royalty from the constitution. It would not be a easy negotiation. If the negotiations are successful, the new ...
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Can the British Prime Minister change the election date on his own?

By convention, Her Majesty only acts on the advice of the Prime Minister. With regards to the election, the motion that the House of Commons must pass is very specific: That there shall be an ...
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