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A monarchy is a government in which a rulership is passed down hereditary lines. Use this tag for questions related to the concept of monarchy or monarchical states.

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How can the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consist of absolute monarchies if the UAE itself has a constitution?

It would seem that the constitution of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would limit the power of its monarchs to some degree, thus they wouldn't be absolute monarchs. To what extent is the constitution ...
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Who actually drafts the Queen's speech, in the present era?

I gather that over the years the level of realistic personal agency of the British monarch has actually waxed and waned a fair bit, and suspect that in recent eras it has progressively diminished to ...
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What is the biggest monarchy where the monarch has real power in modern day?

The best known monarchy is no doubt the various Commonwealth realms ruled over by Queen Elizabeth. However, she is generally seen as mostly a figurehead, with elected officials being the ones that do ...
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Why is Prince Charles the 'Prince of Wales' and could Wales theoretically reject this?

I don't understand why Prince Charles is called the Prince of Wales. From what I can find online, it seems it's a tradition for English monarchs to give their heir the title "Prince of Wales.&...
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Can a monarchy have a tripartite division of authority?

Can a monarchy have a tripartite (legislative, executive, judicial) division of authority*? Viz., can a single person (the monarch) exercise all three of these authorities, or does he need to delegate ...
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How was Barbados able to remove the Queen as head of state without a referendum?

I have been reading about Barbados removing the Queen as its head of state and replacing the monarchy with a presidential system. I thought this was taking place after a referendum, but I then saw ...
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What explains the durability of Arab monarchies?

I can't seem to wrap my head around how the Arab monarchies have faced little to no resistance to their respective regimes. On both a domestic and international front, these monarchies have beaten ...
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If a King in a traditional European-style monarchy resigns in favor of his son (and is thus still part of the ruling family), what is his title?

The only instance I found in an admittedly quick internet search of a such an event was Edward VIII of England, but he was given the Dukedom of Windsor and became a Duke quickly after, and I couldn't ...
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How would a ruling monarch introduce themselves? [closed]

In most situations, a king or queen making a formal public appearance would have someone there to announce or "introduce" them. But what happens if a ruling monarch found themselves without ...
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If King Harald V of Norway were to become king of the UK, and subsequently died, what would happen next?

Let's say that, by some miracle, King Harald V became the king of the UK after everyone before him in the line of succession died (and he received permission from the Storting). Do the positions of ...
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What prompted the commissioning of Lord Dyson's report

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/dyson-report The BBC has today published the Rt Hon Lord Dyson’s independent investigation into the circumstances around the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, ...
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Can the oath to the monarch be "honestly" removed in the British Parliament

In Britain, members of Parliament must swear an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen (or the current Monarch). Is there a mechanism by which this requirement could be removed? Presumably such a proposition ...
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Is monarchy dismissed by communist ideology?

I imagine that monarchy is quite negative in the eyes of communists. It consists of inequality by default. But I cannot find any sources claiming that indeed the communist propaganda is against the ...
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Is Nepal the only example where pro-monarchy rally took place? If yes, why so?

Usually I hear pro-democracy protest, pro-democracy rallies, pro-democracy podcasts. I am seeing pro-monarchy rallies today in Nepal. Details and clarity: https://esewanews.com/hundreds-people-join-...
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Are there any tangible advantages for a country to be a Commonwealth realm?

For bigger and wealthier Commonwealth realms, it is not much of a problem to host the monarch for a week. Howsoever meagre it may be, the nation still has to pay respect to their Queen, host her, and ...
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When does it become in an authoritarian ruler's interest for the country to become totalitarian?

There have been many totalitarian nations throughout history, such as Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin's rule, China under Mao Zedong, Italy under Benito Mussolini, and the modern-day North ...
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What EU or German law allegedly prevents a foreign king to rule his country from the German soil?

Recently, Germany’s FM Heiko Maas has said that HRM Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn should not be conducting politics while staying in Germany: "We have made it clear that politics concerning ...
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Is Herman van Rompuy's recently-created noble title hereditary?

Herman van Rompuy, briefly Prime Minister of Belgium, and later the first President of the European Council, was created Count van Rompuy (Graaf van Rompuy) by Philippe of Belgium in 2015. Is this ...
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What position & power does the Church of England assume in the upper house of Lords?

Church of England Church of England The Church of England (C of E) is the established church of England.[3][4][5] The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the ...
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What is the Queen of the United Kingdom's "Official" Birthday?

Today on bbc.com/news I found this article about the queen making her first public appearance since coronavirus: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52869709 The monarch spent her birthday on 21 April in ...
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Why don't right-wing dictators crown themselves king?

So, something that seems odd to me is that while there are a number of dictatorships around the world, very few of them have the dictator deciding to crown themselves as a monarch, despite the veneer ...
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In Queen's address on Corona Virus, does she say that Britain does not have a past it can be proud of?

In the Queen's address to the Commonwealth on the Corona Virus, she says at 1:15: "The pride in who we are is not a part of our past. It defines our present and our future." What does the Queen mean ...
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Does the Queen have the power to dissolve the UK parliament?

Half a year ago the prime minister asked the queen to suspend parliament and she approved. UK government queen suspend parliament Another new said Supreme Court said suspending parliament was ...
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If Parliament doesn't approve the use of most prerogative powers, where's the accountability?

Anne Dennett. Public Law Directions (1 ed 2019). p 269. 12.2.3 Royal prerogative The royal prerogative ‘encompasses the residue of powers which remain vested in the Crown, and they ...
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Why do certain people, in modern times, support the idea of a Brazilian monarchy?

I read from the LA Times that there are monarchists in Brazil who support the idea of the nation returning to a form of monarchy. According to a poll in 2017, about 10.7% support a return to and ...
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Is Samoa truly an elective monarchy?

I have read about how Samoa was created as an elective monarchy when it became independent in 1962. However, from what I read, some question whether Samoa counts as a parliamentary republic (as the ...
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To what extent does the British Royal Family provide the United Kingdom with soft power?

A common argument that is given for the continuation of the monarchy in Britain is that it provides the United Kingdom with soft power. The OED defines soft power as: a persuasive approach to ...
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What would happen if the Queen died immediately before a general election?

I'm an American so I don't have a total grasp of UK politics but my understanding is that when the Queen of the UK dies, the country shuts down for a few days. It's also my understanding that prior to ...
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How are the Queen's royal prerogative / reserve powers executed technically?

It is constitutional convention in the United Kingdom that the royal prerogatives are only carried out on the advice of the responsible minister. It is clear that it would be a political and ...
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What personal decision-making powers does the British monarch retain in practice? [duplicate]

De-jure, the Queen is the supreme ruler of the UK and retains significant decision-making power. But in practice she is obliged to follow the instructions of Parliament and the Prime Minister. ...
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Did the supreme court overrule the monarch?

We heard that the Supreme Court not only decided that the Prime Minister's advice to the Queen was unlawful, but that the prorogation was therefore void: it didn't happen, Parliament was not prorogued....
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Could the Queen refuse to proroge parliament if it would be unlawful? [duplicate]

This question is closely related to Can the Queen refuse to suspend the Parliament? but based on the new situation given the Supreme Court ruling. Suppose the Prime Minister asked the Queen to ...
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What would be the minimum required approval for the monarch of the United Kingdom to expand their powers?

From what I understand, Britain has a long-standing tradition of parliamentary rule in the stead of their monarch, and the powers of the monarch are very limited. Yet, assuming a degree of popular ...
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Could the Queen overturn the UK Supreme Court ruling regarding prorogation of Parliament? [duplicate]

A couple of days ago, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson's advice to the Queen, which led to the prorogation of Parliament for 5 weeks ahead of the October 31st Brexit date, was unlawful. ...
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The actual purview of Her Majesty The Queen's prerogative?

In keeping up to date on Brexit, Dominic Cummings, Special Advisor to Boris Johnson - UK Prime Minister - has stated that, in the event that a motion of no confidence has passed the House of Commons, ...
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How might the United Kingdom become a republic?

If prospective United Kingdom MPs must swear allegiance to the monarch, and if MPs are needed to change laws, how might the UK become a republic, assuming sufficient public support?
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Is there any limit on how long a parliamentary session can be in the UK?

Traditionally, as I understand it the British parliament sits on annual sessions. Each one starting with a Queen's speech. After an election winning a vote on a Queen's speech is requirement for an ...
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Is Queen Elizabeth II a national of each of the Commonwealth realms?

This is a follow-up to a recently asked question: Is the monarch of the Commonwealth Realms a citizen of any or all of them? The words "citizen" and "national" are sometimes used interchangeably, but ...
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What is the neutral way to establish a Democracy? [closed]

It seems to me that there is no neutral way to establish a Democracy. When there are unavoidable threats to a Dictatorship or a Monarchy , the Dictator or King (whom I will call DK in short) may call ...
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Do members of the royal family need permission to talk to people on the phone? [closed]

My friend thinks she is communicating with Prince Andrew. However communication happens only through hangouts, he keeps telling her he needs special permission to talk to anyone on a regular phone ...
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What personal identification documents does the British Royal Family have?

What personal identification documents do members of the Royal Family have? Does the card allow all members of the Royal Family to travel any place with just that card?
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What is the point of unlimited terms?

Terms limit is defined by Wikipedia as: A legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office In many countries, the prime ministers are only ...
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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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Will the upcoming Japanese era begin immediately if Emperor Akihito dies before his planned abdication on 30 April 2019?

Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he will abdicate the throne on 30 April 2019. Reports say that the current Japanese era, the Heisei period, will end on that day and May 1st will be the ...
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Why doesn't Sweden, seemingly extremely progressive country, abolish monarchism?

Sweden is widely considered one of the most leftist or progressive country in the world, and one of the core ideologies leftists have is egalitarianism. But they still employ monarchism, and it is ...
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Why didn't Orestes Brownson think that the "American form" of government is a "Mixed Government"?

In The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny (1865), Orestes Brownson claims (ch. 1 introduction): Aristotle* knew only four forms of government: Monarchy, Aristocracy, ...
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What is the role of the British Monarch in the Commonwealth Realms?

The monarch of the United Kingdom is the head of state of the sixteen Commonwealth realms. The question "What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain?" already explains the role of ...
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Why do monarchs claiming titles not related to their countries not cause political tensions?

This question is a partial migration from a History SE question, where I asked how come the Spanish King claims titles that are obviously not within his grasp (the original example, King of Hungary ...
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What, if anything, can disqualify one from inheriting the British throne?

Can things like infidelity, crime, or immoral behaviour make a heir ineligible for succession of the British throne?
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Can the POTUS be the monarch of the UK at the same time?

A tweet on my timeline caught my interest today: Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-...
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