Last week marked Queen Elizabeth 65th year on Britain Throne. The 90-year-old monarch, who became Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign in 2015, did not publicly celebrate the occasion herself, but a 41-gun royal salute was fired in a central London park to honour the landmark.
Hundreds of years ago, kings and queens ruled the land; they were the Head of State. They oversaw all affairs of the nation, internal and external alike.
In Canada, we have Constitutional Monarchy which is a is a form of government in which a monarch acts as head of state within the parameters of a constitution. It’s been put up to debate many times among Canadian’s if we should abolish our constitutional monarchy since before the country’s confederation in 1867.
“The current popularity and stability of the Monarchy rests in large part on the Queen rather than with the institution itself,” Said John Grant Professor of Political Science and King’s University College. “It’s unclear how the public will regard the Monarchy both here and in the United Kingdom when she does pass away”.
Grant also mentioned that we will likely see pushing on both sides of this argument once Prince Charles takes over as king.