The installation and potential power of a new sovereign
in Monarchy, religion and the state
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Despite its importance in the UK contemporary government, the monarchy does not seem to attract the attention from political scientists that it merits. This chapter examines the procedures that are invoked to install in office the successor to a monarch who has died. A review of the procedures of the installation of a new incumbent to the throne necessarily builds on the work of others. The benchmark source for any discussion has to be Vernon Bogdanor's The Monarchy and the Constitution. Bogdanor's emphasis on the role of Elizabeth II in several constitutional crises highlight the continuing significance of the monarch as a potential player at critical political and constitutional junctures. Elizabeth II was proclaimed as Head of the Common-wealth, a free association of fifty-four states, but which in 1952 comprised an Empire, independent dominions of which she was head of state, and a number of former colonies and possessions.

Monarchy, religion and the state

Civil religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth

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