A Constitutional Monarchy

Over the centuries our Sovereigns have released their right to make and pass legislation to run England to the people, via a parliament, the most famous example being when King John and his Barons met at Runnymede and he signed the Magna Carta in 1215.
For nearly five hundred years there was a turbulent relationship between Parliament and the Sovereign. During this time the main reason that the Sovereign released power was to raise taxes to fight wars, culminating with the action of Charles I that led to civil war and the dissolution of the Monarchy. Following the Restoration, with the crowning of Charles II, the next big step towards a Constitutional Monarchy took place in 1688-9, when Parliamentarians drew up a Bill of Rights.
Today’s system developed through the actions of the Whigs during the 1800s


Empire to Commonwealth

Elizabeth I laid the foundation for the British Empire, culminating under the reign of Queen Victoria.
Increasingly, after the Second World War, Domains and Territories of the British Empire were given their independence.
In her 60 year reign Elizabeth II has embraced and upheld the British Commonwealth
She is the head of the 54 nation Commonwealth


Future Assured ~ Three Generations in waiting

Heir Apparent ~ HRH The Prince of Wales Charles, Philip, Arthur, George
HRH The Duke of Cambridge William, Arthur, Philip, Louis
HRH Prince George of Cambridge, George, Alexander, Louis

As Sovereigns can choose the name they wish to be called, the Queen's father Prince Albert became George VI, we can only guess the likely one -
Charles III or George VII ~ William V ~ George VII or VIII


For information on the Royal Family visit the Royal website at www.royal.gov.uk