What powers does the Queen actually have?
The Queen is one of the most recognizable figures in the world. Millions of tourists travel to view her residency (Buckingham Palace) every year and her majesty has influence all over the world. Having an estimated net worth of $550 million, she is not only wealthy, but powerful.
But how much power does she really have?
Listed below are some of the political, judicial and armed forces powers she has:
- Summoning/Proroguing Parliament.
- The queen has the power to suspend and to call back parliament.
- The queens right and responsibility to grant assent to bills from parliament, signing them into law.
- Appointing and removing ministers off the crown.
- Power to declare way on other nations. However, in practice it usually is done through the Prime minster and Parliament.
- Her Majesty is above the law and cannot be prosecuted.
- Giving Royal Pardons to wrongly convicted sentences. A recent example of this is the pardon of Alan Turing.
- The Queen is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and all members swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.
- The issuing and withdrawal of passports are at her Majesty’s command, however, they are usually dealt with by ministers on behalf of the Queen.
- All ships can be commandeered in Her majesty’s name for service to the realm.