In Scotland, Her Majesty’s official residence is the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh but despite this she only occupies the Palace for 1 week every week. She prefers to spend more time every summer at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Perhaps we all know that the title of Prince Of Wales is reserved for the 1st in line to the throne but there are other titles reserved for other members of the Royal Family, depending of their placement. For example, the title “duke of Cornwall” is reserved to the Monarch’s eldest son automatically. Another important title such as the “Princess Royal” is given to the eldest daughter of the Monarch.
It’s a day of luxury and exuberance. Of all Royal Events in the calendar, the State Opening Of Parliament is the event where the Monarch’s dominance and power is shown off. However, there is no political significance to this ceremony but it has a strong traditional value. The Monarch can also chose not to have this ceremony.
When we think of London we immediately see the tall and lonely Sentry in bearskin and red coat standing outside Buckingham Palace. If you didn’t know, these sentries are real soldiers from the British Army from one of the 5 regiments of Foot Guards. Their job can be half ceremonial (guarding) and the other half is in infantry. The point of this factlet is to let you know that these men are not there just for decoration but they perform real army duties like fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. If you pay attention to the photo above, you will see that they are not carrying ceremonial swords, they are all armed with machine guns.
In 1837 Buckingham Palace became the official residence of the Monarch when Queen Victoria became Queen. However, even if Buckingham Palace is where the Monarch lives, it is not where the monarchy is based. Before Buckingham Palace was ready to be used, Queen Victoria moved into St James’s Palace which was a few meters down the road from Buckingham Palace. When the Queen moved To Buckingham Palace the court remained at the St James’s Palace.
It would be too much to say that Britain has no constitution at all. Britain does have a constitution which is formed through various acts of Parliament and also through tradition. The confusing and controversial think about Britain’s constitution is that lacks clarity and it’s pretty difficult to decipher it since it’s not written anywhere.
When it’s the time for a Monarch to accede the throne he has to decide for himself under what name would he like to reign. The funny thing is that almost all Monarchs chose to use a reigning name extremely different of their own real name. There are plenty of such cases. Important historical figures chose to have a different name from their own, such as Queen Victoria (Princess Alexandrina Of Kent), King George Vi (Prince albert Duke of York) and King Edward VIII (Prince David, Prince of Wales). These names are often chosen for certain reasons, like, for example, to pressure continuity or to distract the attention from a former Monarch’s bad reputation.
Have you ever wondered how come when there is a king, his wife is a Queen, but when we have a Queen, her husband isn’t King? There is a simple explanation. Usually, when two get married, the woman adopts her husband’s title and surname but it never works the other way around.
Since James VI of Scotland assumed the throne of England until fairly recently, Monarchs used to held separate numerals for both England and Scotland. Therefore, James VI of Scotland was also James I of England.
Even if some monarchs obviously die, the Sovereign, meaning the reigning Monarch, never dies. Looking at the way the British Crown operates, once a King or Queen dies, the next-in-line succeeds them at an instant.