State & CeremonialThe Queen

Tonight's the Knight for Sir Rod Stewart! Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016 revealed

Rod Stewart, Tim Peake and Vera Lynn are among the high profile names who have been honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Rod Stewart is being bestowed a Knighthood for his services to music and charity after having a career spanning for nearly half a century. Vera Lynn also becomes a Dame Companion of Honour in this year’s list for services to Entertainment and…
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Constitutional Monarchy: A Ceremonial Figurehead or the Last Line of Defence?

It has often been said that no one should have the right to participate in the legislative process without a democratic mandate. This principle is where the House of Commons and the Government get their political legitimacy. However, without a written constitution, what prevents the Government from getting too much power… and abusing it? In a debate to elect Betty Boothroyd Speaker of the…
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Spanish government cancels State Visit to UK

Spain’s caretaker government have cancelled the upcoming State Visit of King Felipe and Queen Letizia to the UK, amidst ongoing political difficulties in the country. The Spanish Foreign Ministry said in a statement: “Due to the process of forming a new government currently underway in Spain, the state visit has been postponed.” Buckingham Palace confirmed that The Queen has…
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'God Save The Queen' could be scrapped from UK sporting fixtures

Plans to drop the British national anthem, God Save The Queen, from being sung at sporting events will go before parliament this Wednesday for discussion. The proposals are that the famous anthem would be reserved only for Team GB sporting events, in which England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all take part. This is to reflect the fact that the Scottish, Welsh and Irish sports teams have…
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