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A monarchy is a form of government in which a person, the monarch, is head of state for life or until abdication. The political legitimacy and authority of the monarch may vary from restricted and largely symbolic (constitutional monarchy), to fully autocratic (absolute monarchy), and can expand across the domains of the executive, legislative, and judicial.

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What effect does the coronation have after accession had already taken place upon the predecessor’s passing?

Does it have any actual consequence on the state of affairs for the monarch?
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Why is there a consort coronation for female consorts but not for male ones in the United Kingdom?

Wikipedia: Charles's wife, Camilla, will be crowned alongside him as queen consort. (...) This will be the first coronation of a consort since that of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth (later known as ...
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Could a British monarch refuse royal assent if an act of Parliament was very unpopular?

If I understand correctly, Royal Assent is still required for all Acts of Parliament, but is now just a formality and has not been refused for hundreds of years. What if Parliament passed a law that ...
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Can Prince Philip's will be unsealed before 2111?

His will was sealed for 90 years when he died, and the Guardian's appeal failed. Can someone else do a different appeal and get it unsealed? Is there any way it will be unsealed before the 90 years is ...
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What is the point of a Royal Assent?

Some say that a monarch cannot withhold Royal Assent to a bill passed by the parliament. Really? What happens if they refuse to grant assent to any law passed by the parliament unless they are ...
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Legal obligations towards monarchs

We are seeing cases of people being arrested in UK for holding #NotMyKing signs or something along these lines. My question here is not about the legality of those police actions. My question is: as a ...
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Could a British monarch "go full dictator" if they wish to do so?

Queen Elizabeth II was generally nice and didn't abuse her power. But could her successor do otherwise and "go full dictator", in theory? Would he have enough legal powers to do so? ...
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What are the effects on the Crown appointments following the death of a monarch?

The naming of a number of appointments, titles and offices, etc.—such a Queen's Counsel, the Queen's Warehouse, and Queen's Bench—will now need to be reviewed following King Charles III acceding to ...
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Legal definitions differentiating 'corporation' and 'private estate' in relation to Duchy of Cornwall

The Duchy of Cornwall is classified as a 'private estate' and therefore is exempt from corporation and capital gains tax. Investopedia defines a corporation as 'a legal entity that is separate and ...
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Why was no constitutional amendment needed to change the rules on succession to the Canadian throne?

In 2013 a statute altered the rules on succession to the throne in Canada. (Specifically, if a woman is the eldest child of the monarch then she inherits the throne upon the monarch's death even if ...
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