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Is there a compelling reason for holding the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey?

There isn’t any reason in law - it’s up to the highest-ranking peer in the realm, the Duke of Norfolk, to organise the Queen’s funeral as part of his duties as Earl Marshal. Presumably, then, it’s ...
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Why is Charles III a member of House of Windsor?

Wikipedia provides a direct explanation: Soon after Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, Lord Mountbatten observed that because it was the standard practice for the wife in a marriage to adopt her husband'...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

Property with no other successor has to go somewhere. The amount of property at issue is modest. It is about $7.5 million USD a year (in an economy with a GDP of $3,131,000 million USD a year), which ...
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Why don't we see much enthusiasm in the case of other royal families in Europe?

The reason for the great enthusiasm (or to be a bit more fair, interest) shown worldwide in the British monarchy compared with other monarchies is simple - worldwide reach and influence. A huge number ...
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What determines which military uniform is worn at which event by members of the Royal Family

The question needs to be answered separately for each of them, owing to variations in their circumstances. In the UK, these matters are largely done by tradition and individuals' sense of what's ...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

Forming laws against the Monarch is politically dicey. So, the UK is weird. Officially, parliament advises the monarch, as head of state, to sign the bill put in front of them, at which point it ...
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Do members of the royal family need permission to talk to people on the phone?

That's not Prince Andrew. If it was, and he wanted to call, he could do so. Your friend is dealing with an impersonator, who likely has a scam underway. The restraints on the behaviour of the royal ...
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What are the British royal family's sources of income?

What is Hereditary Revenue? Hereditary Revenue is basically the income generated from Crown Estate. It mainly comprises of that income but isn't entirely limited to it. What are the sources of the ...
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Why is Prince Charles the 'Prince of Wales' and could Wales theoretically reject this?

The UK is a kind of constitutional monarchy, even if there is no written constitution. This combines the a ceremonial rule of the monarch as head of state, coupled with an elected official as the head ...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

A point not mentioned in the other answers is that this only applies to parts of England - the territories which once formed the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall. So as well as the limited political ...
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Why is Prince Charles the 'Prince of Wales' and could Wales theoretically reject this?

Historically, having the heir to the English throne use the title “Prince of Wales” was done specifically to endear him (and the English monarchy generally) to the Welsh. It’s unclear how well ...
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Why is Prince Charles the 'Prince of Wales' and could Wales theoretically reject this?

The short answer to the question is the British monarchs give their first male heir the title 'Prince of Wales' because they are also the monarch (as phoog points out) of Wales. Royal titles are not ...
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Why don't we see much enthusiasm in the case of other royal families in Europe?

The King of Spain is only the King of Spain. The King of the Belgians is only the King of the Belgians. The same goes for all the other reigning European royal families - Denmark, Norway, Sweden, The ...
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Why don't we see much enthusiasm in the case of other royal families in Europe?

Besides other reasons, don’t forget that ‘the internet’, especially the English-speaking internet, is also naturally more inclined to follow things related to the commonwealth countries. It’s at least ...
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Do members of the royal family need permission to talk to people on the phone?

Probably not As other answers have mentioned, this almost certainly a scam. That said, the answer to the actual political question of whether the royal family needs permission to call people on the ...
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Has a member of the British royal family ever run for Prime Minister of the UK?

No, this has never happened. The reasons for that have evolved over time. It might have been possible for a member of the Royal Family to become a Prime Minister sitting in the Lords during the ...
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Can a member of the royal family stand in parliamentary elections?

united-kingdom At the heart of things, no, there is no explicit legislation disqualifying members of the royal family from standing for election to the House of Commons. The relevant legislation is ...
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Do members of the UK Royal Family have immunity to prosecution in the UK?

Only Her Majesty is immune from prosecution in the UK. If any other member of the royal family has broken the law, they can be tried and punished as anyone else.
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Do members of the royal family need permission to talk to people on the phone?

It makes no sense to not be allowed to use a service provided by a former government monopolist subject to British law and under control of British regulation but at the same time be allowed to use a ...
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Is there a compelling reason for holding the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey?

In the short term, the reason that the late Queen's funeral is being held at Westminster Abbey is that the plan says it will be. Sam Knight's excellent article in the The Guardian, which has been ...
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Who are the current "working members" of the UK Royal Family?

There isn’t an official list. But here’s the list of royals who undertook official engagements in the previous year (2019), a good gauge of the list of “working royals”: Princess Anne: 137 ...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

Bona vacantia goes to the state, with the exception of the Duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster where it goes to the monarch's estate. The state funds the monarch anyway (as their salary, to fund ...
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What personal identification documents does the British Royal Family have?

The Royal website partially covers this (emphasis mine) As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one. All other members of the Royal ...
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Is there a compelling reason for holding the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey?

There is no legal reason why the late Queen's funeral has to be at Westminster Abbey (formally it is actually the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster). It is purely tradition but one ...
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Do members of the royal family need permission to talk to people on the phone?

Good answers already, but it might also be worth your friend considering the logistics. If Andrew (a Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy) was willing to get around his security details' policies on an ...
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To what extent does the British Royal Family provide the United Kingdom with soft power?

Well, the UK's soft power through the royal family mostly comes from the Commonwealth of Nations - a group of 53 states where all nations except two being former members of the British Empire who ...
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Bestowing honourary military appointments in the UK

Apart from a few honours in the "personal gift of the monarch" (such as membership of the Order of the Garter, or the Royal Victorian Order), all appointments made by the Monarch are done on ...
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Why don't we see much enthusiasm in the case of other royal families in Europe?

The other European countries are a bit more democratic. For example the UK has an upper house whose members are hand-picked, that does not happen in the other countries. Some might have a senate whose ...
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Is there a compelling reason for holding the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey?

It may have something to do with the complicated relationship between the Royal Family and the City of London, where St Pauls is located. A long story short is that the City of London has a strange ...
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