• trpw

    Some Queen and Monarchy factoids (most of this stuff agrees with things on wikipedia).
    George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s Father https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_VI ) was, by most accounts an excellent King. With his terrible stutter he didn’t look promising when he became King but his leadership (playing second fiddle to Winston Churchill) and bravery (he most stayed in London during the blitz and was in Buckingham Palace when it was bombed) during WW2 cemented him in people’s affections. He is also credited with befriending FDR which helped to create the US/UK “Special Relationship”

    In theory Queen has the power to:
    1. Refuse assent on a law (not happened since 1703)
    2. Appoint the Prime Minister (she can appoint anyone but, in practice, needs to appoint someone who can govern)
    3. Dissolve Parliament
    As Tom sort of said if the Queen misused her powers she would very probably be out.

    The Queen is not expected to do more than advise, encourage and warn her Prime Ministers and it is kept private. If you want an example of the Queen dealing with one of her Prime Ministers, see if you can find the time that she was spoofed by a Canadian DJ.

    The Queen’s finances are a muddle. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finances_of_the_British_Royal_Family
    She has 3 sources of income.
    1. Sovereign Grant – The money given to her by the government to be Head of State. This is the money required to pay her salary and also run the palaces. At 37Million Pounds it’s about equivalent to 1 Ppound a year per tax payer. According to Der Spiegel the German presidency costs 30Million Euros. http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/unfiltered-democracy-why-germany-should-get-rid-of-the-presidency-a-809677.html
    2. Duchy of Lancaster. The Queen is the hereditary Duke of Lancaster (see the Wars of the Roses). Money earned from the lands and property owned by the Duchy of Lancaster gives the Queen a private income (about 16Million pounds a year). It is administered for her by a government office called the Chancery of the Duchy of Lancaster, but she is not allowed to use the capital for any purposes herself.
    3. Private investments. The Queen inherited money from her ancestors most of which is invested. The investments are held in some kind of blind trust so people don’t know what she invests in (undue influence and all that).

    There is also the Crown Estate which doesn’t net the Queen any money. When she became Queen she continued with the agreement that the Government would administer and take all the profits from the Crown Estate in exchange for the Sovereign Grant (or the Civil List) payments. The Crown Estate earn over 200 million pounds a year so she gets a fraction of that.

    Things like the Crown Jewels are also in a confusing state. They are kind of owned by the Monarchy (therefore the state and the people) rather than the Queen personally but some pieces were bought by or gifted to previous monarchs.

  • Joey Lockie

    Yea trqw beat me to it the queen gives so much money to the government and only takes a fraction back, and thats not including tourists income. And most not all here in Canada like the queen and the Monarchy (other then Quebec :P ) there is no real moment here to get rid of it. A neat fact some of our province even have the unionjack in there flags

  • Matt97

    The important point is that the oaths of the soldiers is to the queen and the constitutions of the commonwealth countries usually have her as the commander in chief of the armed forces. This is the reason why she or her representatives can dissolve parliament or sack the government.

    That is why as long as she or her representatives are reasonable and the government is chaotic or evil and the soldiers feel the same way she can appeal to the soldiers to ensure the parliament is dissolved.