Dr Cindy McCreery, senior lecturer in history at the University of Sydney said, “There’s not a lot he has to do”, as his role is mostly ceremonial.
His Majesty’s responsibilities
While earlier Kings and Queens had been absolute monarchs, the British Royal family has now operated within a constitutional monarchy system for more than 300 years.
“But again, that’s on the advice of the government,” Dr McCreery said.
The late-Queen Elizabeth II welcoming Liz Truss during an audience at Balmoral, Scotland, where she invited the newly elected leader of the Conservative party to become prime minister and form a new government. Source: AAP / Jane Barlow
“The monarch usually opens [the UK] parliament every year and delivers a speech from the throne. But that speech is not written by the monarch, the speech is written for the monarch by the prime minister,” she said.
“It’s not a rule that parliament can’t sit if the monarch hasn’t opened it,” she said.
“That’s not something that the monarch gets directly involved in as opposed to previous centuries when monarchs did actually lead British armies, or English armies in particular, into battle,” Dr McCreery said.
What is the King’s role in Australia?
“The Governor-General is, for all intents and purposes, acting, if you like, on behalf of the monarch in Australia,” Dr McCreery said.
King Charles III has connections with a number of charities, here he had been meeting with representatives of the British Asian Trust before they embarked on the charity’s ‘Palaces on Wheels’ cycling event, in England. Source: AAP / Arthur Edwards
The Sovereign and British politics
King Charles, like his mother before him, has a close circle of royal family members who are known as Counsellors of State, who are able to step in for him in certain situations.
In terms of what Charles does every day, really, there are relatively few requirements.
Everyday life for the King
“In terms of what Charles does every day, really, there are relatively few requirements,” she said.
Dr McCreery said King Charles may choose to focus some of his time to promote environmental issues as he had done in the past and spend time on areas which he is passionate about which include architecture, town planning and organic farming.
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