British Monarchy FACTS

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The monarchy of the United Kingdom, is commonly referred to as the British monarchy.

 

It is the constitutional monarchy of the United Kingdom, its dependencies & its overseas territories.

 

The current monarch & head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended the throne on the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952.

The monarch & his or her immediate family undertake various official, ceremonial, diplomatic & representational duties.

 

As the monarchy is constitutional, the monarch is limited to non-partisan functions such as bestowing honours & appointing the Prime Minister. The monarch is commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces.

 

Though the ultimate formal executive authority over the government of the United Kingdom is still by & through the monarch's royal prerogative, these powers may only be used according to laws enacted in Parliament & , in practice, within the constraints of convention and precedent.