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THE MONARCHY
Group Q
Jacqueline

At present, Elizabeth II is the Queen of the UK, the ‘Head of State’, however; not the ‘Head of British Government’. The existence of the monarchy is controversial. Some people think that monarchy has no necessity to exist, and it ought to be abolished as soon as possible. On the other hand, the opposition applies an opinion that the monarchy should be maintained because of its special value in the UK. People argue about these two viewpoints for a long time.

The monarchy has litter power in Parliament and the most of powers, several years ago, owned by the monarchy are transformed to the Prime Minister recently. In my opinion, the monarchy is like an adornment in the parliament. Even the ‘Queen’s Speech’, which is held in the House of Lords every year, is not written by the Queen; but rather is prepared by the Government (Lowe, C& Owen, V 2011). The Queen’s speech is just a flow path of annual parliamentary session, and has no influence and benefit on the Government if the Queen does not speak in the House of Lords annually.

Furthermore, the monarchy costs the British taxpayers millions pounds and enjoys the extravagant life style every year. Somebody estimated that the monarchy uses approximately 62p of each British adult annually (Allen, N 2008). In 2010, the Royal Family spent about twenty million dollars on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Besides, the security alone costed about 130 million dollars during the wedding (Palkot,G 2010). This wedding is the most expensive and luxurious among all the royal weddings so far (Shuter, R 2010). I believe the majority of Brits may feel unsatisfied because the royal family’s luxury life are provided by British taxpayers.

In addition, the monarchy in the modern society is still very conservative. They use hereditary principle to choose the King or Queen of the UK, and this method of choosing the leader of the country to run the country is antiquated and...
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