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Britain‘s Monarchy Britain is a constitutional monarchy . That means the Monarch is the head of state, but his power is limited by constitutional rules. But... Who is this Monarch? Queen Elizabeth II Date of birth: 21 st April 1926 Family: Prince Philip and four children and six grandchildren Coronation: 2 nd June 1953 in Westminster Abbey Hobbies: Horses and dogs
What‘s the Queen‘s role? representative and symbolic function head of the Church of England, special relation to the Church of Scotland head of the Commonwealth
What powers does the Queen have? signs bills into laws appoints Prime Minister & he is granted an audience every Tuesday appoints the life peers pardons convicted criminals dissolves Parliament and calls an election declares a state of emergency declares war awards honours
The Royal Family The Queen is supported by the members of the Royal Family. Her family carries out a wide range of public and official duties. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Date of birth: 10 th June 1921 Parents: Prince Andrew of Greece Princess Alice of Battenberg Duties: Patron or President of around 800 organisations, accompanies the Queen Hobbies: Nature
Children of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales (eldest son) Date of birth: 14 th November 1948 Family: 2 nd wife: Camilla Parker (Duchess of Cornwall), two children (Prince William and Prince Harry) Duties: Patron or President of around 200 organisations, public commitment Hobbies: Environment (organic agriculture) Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal (2 nd child) Date of birth: 15 th August 1950 Family: 2 nd husband: Commodore Laurence, two children Duties: Charitable appointments 25 journeys to Africa Hobbies: Horses
Children of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh Andrew Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York (3rd child) Date of birth: 19 th February 1960 Family: Divorced, three children Duties: Patron or President of about 100 organisations British Trade International Profession: Pilot in the Navy Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex (4th child) Date of birth: 10 th March 1964 Family: Wife: Miss Sophie Rhys-Jones, two children Duties: Patron of 15 organisations Profession: Royal Marines, Theatre and TV production Hobbies: Sports