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The future of the British Monarchy after the death of Queen Elizabeth

The future of the British Monarchy after the death of Queen Elizabeth
فريق التحرير 26 September 2022

After Queen Elizabeth II had passed, many wondered about the future of the British Monarchy and the possibility of the monarchy of the empire on which the sun never sets finally ending and changing to a republican system.

The concerns were mainly shedding light on the role of the Royal Monarchy in the Future of Britain. And to answer those concerns, one must first take into mind the role and power the Monarch has today.


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“Monarchy is no longer about the clash of steel,” says the constitutional expert Lord (Peter) Hennessy. “It’s a welfare monarchy. It’s about the clink of scissors cutting the ribbon at the opening of some new National Health facility. About perking up people who need perking up. And the whole family is good at that.” 

And the demands for a republican system increased upon the death of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Graham Smith, the chief executive officer of Republic, said earlier this year “The queen is the monarchy for most people. After she dies the future of the institution is in serious jeopardy. Charles may inherit the throne, but he won’t inherit the deference and respect afforded the queen.”


King Charles III, The current king of England (Anadolu Images)
King Charles III, The current king of England (Anadolu Images)


Future of British Monarchy

In an article on the future of the monarchy in Britain in the American magazine “Foreign Affairs”, writer James Williams says: “The king’s function of signing laws passed by Parliament is an integral part of the legislative process, and the King of Britain technically reserves the right to veto Any measure adopted by Parliament, but this is now rare, and the last time it was used in the eighteenth century by Queen Anne. The King also receives appointed ambassadors to the United Kingdom, he is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and new recruits must take an oath of allegiance to the monarch.”

James Williams continues “The suggestion that the monarch has no direct involvement in Britain’s decision-making process is inaccurate. The active political participation during the nineteenth century by Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, and the active interest shown by Queen Elizabeth II in the relations of the Commonwealth, indicate the ways in which the King could influence decisions made in Downing Street, where the Prime Minister is based, in a more complex way than Consider him a British citizen who owns and does not rule.”



The Queen’s Fortune


The newspaper “Sunday Times” stated that the late Queen’s fortune is 370 million pounds in 2022, and after her death, King Charles III acquired the entire wealth without having to pay the inheritance tax, according to a law passed by Parliament in 1993 to prevent the fragmentation of the inheritance and money of the royal family. It is only natural, then, that the old republican debates about the cost of the monarchy will return. 

According to official reports in the last year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, the royal family’s bill funded by British taxes between 2020 and 2021 amounted to about 86 million pounds, and this means that the British individual’s contribution to paying this bill is estimated at about one and a half pounds. Therefore, some researchers believe that this matter is no longer a motive for rebellion or a factor in rejecting the existence of the royal family.

There are concerns mostly about the rebellion of Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Today, more than 60% of Britons, according to polls, see preserving the symbolic value of the royal family as important and ensuring that the institution remains livable as part of the challenge of the new king, at a time when monarchies and the privileges of heredity seem obsolete. Royal traditions may never function again as they did under Queen Elizabeth II, but from the British point of view these traditions represent the best hope of continuing to provide dignity, stability and a sense of self-worth in the UK, so we heard them chanting “God save the King”.


Source: Alquds



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