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'Within the Commonwealth Realm' - New Zealand

<![CDATA[ You may not recognize Queen Elizabeth II if you are in the Commonwealth Realm of New Zealand. For when she is attending a native  Powhiri or Maori welcoming ceremony she wears a ceremonial Korowai cloak and speaks a few words of Maori. The cloak is made up of feathers from a Kiwi bird and dates back to 1844. Queen Elizabeth has visited New Zealand ten times in total, most recently in…
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'Within the Commonwealth Realm' - Australia

<![CDATA[Comprised of six states and multiple territories, the country of Australia is one of the sixteen Commonwealth Realms. What is now known as Sydney, the British colonized as a penal colony in 1788. Then, in 1901, former British colonies formed together to create the Commonwealth of Australia – an independent dominion of the British Empire. After the Imperial Conference of 1926…
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'Within the Commonwealth Realm' - Canada

<![CDATA[Canada holds the titles of the largest Commonwealth country, and the most visited by Her Majesty The Queen. Queen Elizabeth II, or as her Canadian title states – ‘Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and of Her other…
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'Within the Commonwealth Realm' - Introduction

<![CDATA[The United Kingdom does not stand alone as being proud to call Queen Elizabeth II their Queen. The Commonwealth realm was created through the Statute of Westminster in 1931 to give former dominions of the UK legislative freedom. Today, this includes a total of…
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'The absolute right to rule' - The Divine Right of Kings

<![CDATA["…the figure of God's majesty, His captain, steward, deputy-elect, Anointed, crowned,…" – Richard II The Divine Right of Kings can be dated back to the medieval period, where it highlighted the superiority and legitimacy of a monarch. At its core, the concept of the Divine Right has religious and political origins, therefore furthering its legitimacy. As a…
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The Royal Household: Pages of the Backstairs

<![CDATA[First appointed by Queen Anne in the 1700s, The Pages of the Backstairs were created as she wanted to distinguish between the Ladies of the Bedchamber and her closest male servant. The Pages were thought highly of and were not considered in the same category of…
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The Royal Household: Page of the Chambers

<![CDATA[The Page of the Chambers is accountable for the arrangement of the State rooms as well as staging the ceremonial aspects of functions such as the Queen’s daily receptions, audiences, appointments and investitures. The Page is also responsible for serving…
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Think a republic would be cheaper than Monarchy? Think again!

<![CDATA[It has long been the contention of those who would abolish the Monarchy that one of the virtues of a republican system is that it is, in some way, axiomatically cheaper than a Monarchy. On the face of it, it's understandable to see why some may buy into this claim. After all, you don't see presidents processing in state carriages or attending many great parades in their…
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