Re: Kim Darroch out
Originally Posted by The Artful Todger
In the UK they are not answerable to Mrs Windsor. She is a TITULAR head of state. Nothing more. She does what Parliment tell her via the prime minister. A constitutional monarch.
Despite costing taxpayers around £40 million every year, the royal family has consistently forfeited the profits garnered from the land they own ó revenue that amounts to about*"); £200 million*every year. This means that simply letting the Queen stay in Buckingham Palace earns the UK £160 million every year.
On top of that, tourists flock to a country that still has living monarchs, earning the UK about £7 billion in annual revenue.
Queen Elizabeth II certainly doesnít rule with the iron fist of her distant ancestors, but she definitely isnít worthless. Even if many of the duties granted to her in the royal prerogative donít amount to much, those in power still listen closely to her opinion and sheís adored by a vast majority of her subjects.
The Queen also has a special relationship with the Prime Minister, retaining the right to appoint and also meeting with him or her on a regular basis.
She may not have much power, but she sure is powerful.