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  •  Does the queen have any power to abuse? (1+ / 0-)
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    I think Iranian state television may have missed something.  I don't think the Queen has any real power anymore.  Although, I guess immunity from criminal proceeding could be a power, since I guess she could commit murder with impunity.  But, I would think that traditional solutions could then be brought to bear, and Charles could depose the Queen and throw her in the Tower of London without trial.

    I the words of King Richard the Lionhearted...

    "Throw her in the Tower of London... Make her part of the tour."

    •  Abuse In What Sense Of The Term? (2+ / 0-)
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      just another vet, JeffW

      Now, I have this image stuck in my head the president of the Harvard Kink Club wearing a fetishistic version of the Queen's outfit.

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      by stevemb on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:16:18 PM PST

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    •  She has no real power,yes she meets with the (0+ / 0-)

      prime minister, and has done so with every PM since Churchhill. The queen has seen them come and go. For a woman approaching those elderly years , she is extremely busy with something like 300 plus appearances per year. Her husband has been doing fewer but the man is 91 yrs old but he still does nearly as many per year.  She is incredibly busy and the entire royal family I must commend with their philanthropic endeavors and supporting of charites, especially Princes Harry,Will, and Princess Kate.

      Prince Charles is an advocate of green energy, environmental causes, and organic  farming.

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      by wishingwell on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 12:20:57 PM PST

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    •  Actually, she does, & has exercised certain powers (0+ / 0-)

      There's this concept in British constitutional law known as reserve power -- a number of prerogatives that have remained to the Queen or King of Great Britain after Parliament had assumed for itself all of the most important ones. Most of them are of pure formality -- for example, the power of commissioning officers in the military rests with her -- & the monarch will exercise them occasionally when the rest of the government has gotten itself entangled in one way or another. But somehow I doubt the average subject of the UK lives in dread that Queen Elizabeth will arbitrarily decide to revoke passports, grant honours to random undeserving people, or to appoint or dismiss the Prime Minister, other Ministers, or Parliament.

      (I figure she doesn't want the responsibility of running the government of the UK herself, so she's willing to let the politicians do it while occasionally intervening in specific matters when it interests her, all the while enjoying the perques of her birth as would any royal.)

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