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Old June 13th, 2010, 08:27 PM   #1

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What power does the Queen of England, and for that matter all royalty in England, have? Besides the Queen being able to Knight.

I don't know anything British
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Old June 13th, 2010, 09:48 PM   #2

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Chiefly she has the royal assent - for any bill to become law, she has to sign it. The Crown hasn't refused to do so in quite some time in the UK (since 1708), however, in the Commonwealth dominions, the Crown's agents (Governor-Generals and Lieutenant Governors) have done so in the not-too-distant past- most recently in the 1930s in Canada. Strictly speaking this had nothing to do with the Queen, however. The GG and LGs have not been advised by the Crown since the 1920s.

The general idea behind Royal Assent in the Westminster system is that you have one last, nonpartisan safeguard. If you had a Hitler trying to pass his Enabling Act and give himself dictatorial powers, suspend elections etc you'd have this one final safeguard (after it passes both houses) to stop it. It is very much a measure of last resort - as mentioned, the Queen has not done it in over 300 years, and the GGs and LGs haven't done it in many decades.

The President in the US has much broader powers in this regard - he has a veto by not signing something, he has a "line item veto" where he can veto portions of a bill, and he has a signing statement where he can sign a bill into law, but refuse to execute certain particulars. These powers are used very frequently . . . Bush, for instance, issued 157 signing statements in just 8 years.
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The Australian Prime Minister was deposed by the Queen's representative in 1975. So, in theory, she still has the power to dissolve a government. I dont think that is a bad thing either.
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The Queen has psychological/sentimental power over many from an older generation of Canadians.
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Legal benefits... lots of them... (goes for the higher nobility as well iirc)
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The Australian Prime Minister was deposed by the Queen's representative in 1975. So, in theory, she still has the power to dissolve a government. I dont think that is a bad thing either.
Can the queen change the Australian PM at her will?
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The Australian Prime Minister was deposed by the Queen's representative in 1975. So, in theory, she still has the power to dissolve a government.
Well she doesn't. The Governor General did that, acting on his own. Since the Statute of Westminster the Queen doesn't advise the GGs on these things anymore.
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... The Governor General did that, acting on his own. ...
Somehow I knew you'd make an appearance to take issue with something I said. Click the image to open in full size.
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Can the queen change the Australian PM at her will?
The Governor General is the Queen's representative in Aus and NZ, although for all intents and purposes s/he acts completely autonomously.
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Somehow I knew you'd make an appearance to take issue with something I said. Click the image to open in full size.
Can't take criticism no more, even when it is correct?
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