How Much Power Does the Queen of England Have? Answer: A Lot

It’s amazing how this article flew so far under the radar.  I will never forget a conversation with my dad when I was a little kid in which I asked about the Queen of England.  Something in my DNA even at a very young age was disturbed by the concept of royalty.  I remember his answer like it was yesterday:  “Michael, the Queen is largely just ceremonial, she has no real power.”  I was probably nine years old or so when he told me that.  I thought it was strange at the time and I never forgot his answer.  It wasn’t his fault of course, that is what everyone is very intentionally taught to believe.  Well, it turns out that little old lady with a crown on her head running around the bucolic fields of England has some power after all.  Who would’ve thought!  From the UK’s Guardian:

The extent of the Queen and Prince Charles’s secretive power of veto over new laws has been exposed after Downing Street lost its battle to keep information about its application secret.

Whitehall papers prepared by Cabinet Office lawyers show that overall at least 39 bills have been subject to the most senior royals’ little-known power to consent to or block new laws. They also reveal the power has been used to torpedo proposed legislation relating to decisions about the country going to war.

The internal Whitehall pamphlet was only released following a court order and shows ministers and civil servants are obliged to consult the Queen and Prince Charles in greater detail and over more areas of legislation than was previously understood.

“This is opening the eyes of those who believe the Queen only has a ceremonial role,” said Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, which includes land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales’ hereditary estate.

“It shows the royals are playing an active role in the democratic process and we need greater transparency in parliament so we can be fully appraised of whether these powers of influence and veto are really appropriate. At any stage this issue could come up and surprise us and we could find parliament is less powerful than we thought it was.”

Charles has been asked to consent to 20 pieces of legislation and this power of veto has been described by constitutional lawyers as a royal “nuclear deterrent” that may help explain why ministers appear to pay close attention to the views of senior royals.

The release of the papers comes amid growing concern in parliament at a lack of transparency over the royals’ role in lawmaking. George has set down a series of questions to ministers asking for a full list of bills that have been consented to by the Queen and Prince Charles and have been vetoed or amended.

The Guardian article goes on to show a wide range of bills that have required the consent of the Queen or the Prince of Wales.  We are talking everything from agriculture, housing, education, identity cards, energy, to the European Union and much more.  It’s 2013, perhaps it’s time to finally get rid of adults marching around in robes with staffs telling you what to do.

In Liberty,
Mike

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20 thoughts on “How Much Power Does the Queen of England Have? Answer: A Lot

  1. I prefer centralized power. A king would do fine. I know the arguments – absolute power corrupts absolutely, blah blah blah. At least we know who’s in control, though, and there’s nothing to say that the aristocracies who have taken over are any more pure than a monarch. “But we’ll have nothing to say about our future though!”, you’ll retort. Like you do now? You need to get out more.

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  3. @Hugh
    Why does someone so accepting of his servitude visit a site such as this? Have you not noticed the title of this site? So what is it moron or troll?

    • Maybe its because @hugh is actually opened minded about different approaches to what is wrong with government and politics. I am an American and love democracy but I do see some insight in what he is saying. I do not totally agree but can see some benefit to having a benevolent monarch. Who are we to say that they would be more or less corrupt then our current elected leaders. Food for thought.

      Also, if you are so high and mighty about liberty you should not insult someone for speaking their free mind on a liberty website. Deal with people who have decanting opinions since they have the “liberty: to say what they like.

  4. Someone let the cat out of the bag. When people realize that the power structure goes all the way up to the royals and Rothschilds (R&R) of Europe they will realize that nothing has really changed in hundreds of years. The power structure is still the same. Why do you think there is so much evil in the world? Because these royals are the definition of evil. What you see on TV regarding the royals is pure theatre. It’s an act to make people think they are cute little old ladies and men wearing nice little uniforms and have no real power. The are the ultimate power.

    The knowledge of kings and queens running the show has been slowly erased from the minds of people over the last two hundred years.

    Time to remember again. Wake up little sheeple, wake up . . When you finally wake up 1776 is going to have an encore.

  5. God save the queen !! What a joke of a hologram
    We all live in. UK serfs foam at mouth and line up
    10 deep when they have parades for her. Break the chains
    Escape Platos cave already

  6. Want to hear something strange? The U.S. Social Security system is controlled by the UK. Before you scoff, check out 2 sites:

    (not sure if links are allowed so I’ll break it up….but I’ve been in both and had no problem)

    Article title: ‘Queen Elizabeth controls and has amended U.S. Social Security’. And Web link is: usa-the-republic[dotcom]/revenue/Britian-Pontiff[dot]html

    The second Website about this is part of the UK government’s site:

    ‘The Social Security (United States of America) Order 1997′

    and link is at: legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1997/1778/contents/made

    It is also rumored that there is a Trust in connection to the IRS, and nobody can find out who the people are that benefit from this…but rumor has it, it is the Royal family in England. There’s been many people who say the IRS is linked to Great Britain.

    I fully believe they will in short future attempt to bring the U.S. Officially under the wing of the Royals and house of Rothschild. The Rothschild family is connected to the Royal family through a marriage. The Guardian (total mouthpiece) is getting the feelers out to see the way the wind is blowing in the US on the Royal family. They do everything to get Americans wrapped up in all the bull.

    The royals do nothing. They throw out a net and scoop out of the publics pockets. Sad.

  7. How is it that there is so little transparency that Brits don’t even know the process by which their legislation is approved?

    Bizarre.

  8. Well, as an Englishman, I’m amazed that people have never heard of
    Royal Assent. Nor is it really surprising that the the head of state might have a say in the running of the state. There seem to be plenty of Americans who think that after 1776 they introduced a wonderful new system, free of such baggage and became free. Personally I haven’t noticed a huge democracy deficit between Canada and the US. We still have habeus corpus in the UK, rather than Guantanamo and the Patriot Act. The Windsors also work out cheaper than the Obamas for those who count pennies. If you like liberty, constitutional monarchy has a lot going for it as well as history. Frankly I prefer having the Queen veto laws than the lobbyists hanging around Congress.

  9. You certainly are a good little subject Robin Howard. After all Group-Think requires only 2 things: Ignorance and lack of self-confidence. Just because subjects like you are not able to have free and critical thinking, does not mean all of us want to get on down on our knees and serve your masters…

    • The Queen of England is a good, dedicated, and very very powerful real ruler. Make no mistake. This fact does not mean anyone is less free! In fact, her power to veto bad domestic law introduced by Parliament is a check and balance that is crucial in the British legislative system. Her power to set policy and make the ultimate decision regarding world matters of the United Kingdom have not been diminished since the signing of the Magna Carta.
      BTW: IF you still think that the British Monachy is powerless start with deciphering the Treaty of Ghent, accepted and entered into by the “USG” ask yourself who won the war of 1812 and then dig deeper:
      http://www.abundanthope.net/pages/True_US_History_108/The_United_States_is_Still_a_British_Colony_Part_1_1768.shtml
      The US is merely the most privileged but at the same time the most taxed possession of the Crown.
      Imagine that. Research that. Accept it and move on to pay your taxes…unless you have the ability of James Franklin Montgomery of High Point, North Carolina!

    • PS That makes Barack Hussein Obama subject to the Crown’s rule and powers of taxation due to his 14th Amendment citizenship….
      The Queen Rules. Long live the Queen. (Because you may be subject next to King Harry who may be quite more rash, brazen and bold!)

  10. As a British man myself. I have to say that im pleased the Queen still has power.
    We all know here that she passes everything and has at times made it very difficult for people trying to bring in unethical laws.
    I also believe that the civil partnership for same sex couples wouldn’t have gotten through if it wasn’t for her.
    Of course terrible things happen within government.
    But the Queen is like a panther when it comes to these things. She works in the best interests for the people.
    Yes the Rothschild’s are all involved with it. But again, she makes sure they don’t get out of line. They mainly have their fingers in the pie of America.
    But she also has a massive role in American politics too. America has never been free of the British.
    Every single president America has had, has been related to the British Royal Family. FACT

    The Queen isn’t some lizard woman out to destroy the earth. Shes there to make sure her Parliament works in the best interests of the people.

    She seems cold because she old school royal. She cant show emotion. She wont allow it.

    Im happy with the role the royal family plays. But it is only my opinion and everyone is entitled to it.

    Im not happy with the politicians that run the country. But its good to know that someone at least keeps them in check.

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