History of the British Monarchy – An Overview


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The British Monarchy is a constitutional system that has existed for over one hundred years. The British Monarchy is considered to be a colony of the British Empire. The Monarchy represents the ideals that have guided the British throughout their history. The head of state is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, although the prime responsibility is carried out by her consort the Prince Charles.

During the last century the role of the British Monarchy has gradually been declining. The modern British monarchy is now almost completely based upon the decisions of the British people through a consultative process known as “Parliament.” During each general election the leaders of the country to form an “upper house” of the legislature of the country and are voted into that position by the people through a popular vote. The Queen plays the role of the head of state and also represent the country in the United Nations. She is assisted by Her Justices of State who are nominated by the prime minister.

Some of the most famous figures in British history are the duke of Cambridge, Albert Sewing, the future king William III, the duke of York, the queen Elizabeth, the duke of Norfolk and the Princes in waiting, namely the duke of Gloucester, the earl of mirrors, and the duke of Warwick. Queen Victoria was the last British monarch to retain her title. Her life achievements are ranked alongside her husband, the king, as the two the most popularly remembered figures in British history. As the first lady of the state, she played a key role in drafting the Constitution of the new country. Her marriage to the duke of Gloucester was a matter of great pride for her, as it signaled the end of her marital life. Even today she is known to be one of the leaders of the suffragist cause.

After her marriage to the duke of Gloucester, she took over the reigns of both Houses of Parliament. She became known as a moderate and a lover of the arts. She tolerated the presence of the clergy but never permitted their preaching and interference in British affairs. This was in spite of the fact that the then king, Henry VIII, had placed the ban on the clergy and was strongly in favor of the royalists.

When the period of Henry VIII ended, the kingdom was without a monarch. There were two prominent families with the title of Monarchy, which were the House of Windsor and the House of York. There was some contest between the two families over the kingship and power. The duke of Gloucester was determined to have control over all crown matters and so organized a faction of his Round Table faction against the queen mother, namely the duke of York, for her perceived disloyalty towards him.

Final Words

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The history of the British Monarchy can also be seen in their involvement in suppressing religion and other activities that are deemed “irrelish” by the Roman Catholics. To show their devotion to the ideals of democracy, the British used this instrument to prevent another civil war. Although there were times that the crown was perceived to abuse its power, there have also been times when it has shown remarkable restraint.

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