Great Britain: What is King Charles III?

The king’s power is symbolic in advance. (¬©Wirestock Creators / Adobe Stock)

The British are particularly attached to the crown. It is enough to see the national sadness at the announcement of the death of Elizabeth II, but also the excitement during royal weddings, or more recently the platinum jubilee of the Queen.

Britain loves royalty. And the kingdom has got a new king in the form of Karl III. The Prince of Wales, who is less popular than his mother, will have the difficult task of preserving the country’s unity.

The proclamation of the new sovereign is also expected on Saturday, September 10. But what is it for? We explain to you.

Symbolic function

A parliamentary monarchy, British royalty is supposed to maintain the unity of the nation. In a country that just came out of the European Union and as the question of Scottish independence arises, the mission will not be easy.

King Charles III is also tasked with appointing the Prime Minister. Two days before her death, Elizabeth II had named Liz Truss. Traditionally, the leader is appointed by the majority party.

The king also becomes head of the armies and the Anglican Church.

Arbitrator and adviser

The monarch must be politically neutral. In fact, it can have a weight.

Already receiving the Prime Minister once a week for an interview. They discuss the country’s political and economic news.

The king can also decide to open parliamentary sessions, but also to dissolve parliament. Technically, he has veto power as he ratifies the laws.

Head of state for 14 countries

The King is also head of state, without real power, for 14 other countries, members of the Commonwealth, an organization of 56 states in the former British Empire.

It is :

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • belize
  • Canada
  • Grenade
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St. LUCIA
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Solomon Islands
  • tuvalu

It should also be noted that if King Charles III does in fact become head of the Commonwealth (a symbolic power), this line of succession is not hereditary. This had been decided with the organization’s member countries.

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