The era of Carlos III: what is the role of the monarchy and the functions of the king in the United Kingdom

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Behind the death of queen elizabeth iithe throne immediately passed to his heir, now King Carlos III. UK is a parliamentary monarchy with strong institutions that cannot do their jobs without each other. The King is the head of state of the United Kingdom.. However, the monarch’s powers are symbolic and ceremonial. The British kings remain politically neutral.

As head of state, King Carlos III will receive daily dispatches from the Government in a red leather box, with previous reports of important meetings or documents that require his signature.

The The prime minister will normally meet the king every Wednesday at Buckingham Palace., in central London, to keep you informed on government affairs. These meetings are completely private and there is no official record of what is said in them.

the king too has a number of parliamentary functions.

One of the main ones is appoint the government: Following a general election in the UK, the monarch summons the leader of the winning party to Buckingham Palace, where he is formally invited to form a government.

The king is also in charge of formally dissolve the government before a general election.

Also, marks the start of the parliamentary year with an opening ceremony in which he sets out the Government’s plans with a speech delivered from the throne in the House of Lords, the Upper House of the British Parliament.

FILE, ARCHIVE-. The national anthem also changes with the new king: it now includes “God Save the King”, instead of “God Save the Queen”.

Another function of the king is formally pass laws that are voted on by Parliament for them to be valid. The last time a monarch refused to pass a law was in 1708.

In addition, you must receive heads of state from other countries and meet with ambassadors and foreign high commissioners in the United Kingdom.

In the same way, he usually directs every November the remembrance dayalso know as Armistice Day or Veterans Daya day in which some countries of the Commonwealth of Nations (commonwealth) remember the sacrifices of members of their armed forces and civilians in times of war.

The new king is also the new head of the commonwealtha association of 56 independent countries and 2.4 billion people.

FILE, ARCHIVE-.  The new king is also the new head of the Commonwealth, an association of 56 independent countries and 2.4 billion people.
FILE, ARCHIVE-. The new king is also the new head of the Commonwealth, an association of 56 independent countries and 2.4 billion people.AP

Carlos III will also become the head of state of 14 countries of this Commonwealth. However, ever since Barbados became a republic in 2021other kingdoms commonwealth in the Caribbean suggested that they might follow in his footsteps.

the image of the king will replace his mother’s on the new stamps of the Royal Mail, the country’s postal service, and on Bank of England notes. Also, the text on the new British passports will be updated to read His Majesty (His Majesty, in masculine).

The national anthem also changes with the new king: now includes “God Save the King”instead of “God Save the Queen”.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla are expected to move into Buckingham Palace, in the heart of London. Previously, they lived between the London residence of Clarence House, near the Palace, and Highgrove House, in the west of England.

Prince William and his wife, Princess Kate, recently moved from Kensington Palace in west London to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor, on the outskirts of the British capital.

According to a survey conducted by YouGov in the middle of this year, during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, 62% of Britons think the country should be a monarchy; only 22% believe that the head of state should be elected. Two surveys of Ipsos Mori in 2021 they yielded very similar results: only one in five Britons surveyed believed that abolishing the monarchy would be good for the UK.

However, the results of YouGov they suggested that approval of the monarchy has waned in the past decade. The approval rate went from 75% in 2012 to 62% in 2022. Although there was majority support for the monarchy among the older age groups, the survey showed different data among the young. In 2011, when YouGov surveyed on the issue for the first time, 59% of 18-24 year olds thought the monarchy should continue, compared to 33% in 2022.