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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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