The Role of the Monarchy in the UK

In 1660, however, the monarchy was restored with Charles II and has retained an important constitutional role ever since. Since then, it continues to date, and debate goes on time to time regarding its relevance. The monarchy symbolizes conservative values and the status quo (David Starkey, 2006).The monarch dissolves parliament, appoints and dismisses prime ministers, assents to legislation, signs treaties, declares war, and appoints judges through the prime minister. Using this prerogative, a British prime minister can declare war without a debate in parliament. This implies that democracy can go well in integration with the monarchy in the UK. This history reveals that monarchy has brought remarkable positive changes in the society of the UK.Even though monarchy still commands respect from significant sections of the population, the percentage of supporters has been on a declining trend. In 1990, 75% of Britain’s population favored a monarch, which fell down to 44 % in 2000 and 34 % in 2001. There are some views, which support shifting the governance from monarchy to republic. Republicanism in the United Kingdom is a movement in the United Kingdom that seeks to remove the British monarchy and replace it with a republic that has a non-hereditary Head of state (Reginald Stanley Birch, 2004). This certainly opens debate over the relevance of monarchy at present.There is a clear cut gap in the governing style of monarchy and people’s aspirations in the modern age and hence the intelligentsia attacks the monarchy with a pincer movement (Theodore Dalrymple, 2002).Moreover, a modern democratic process has no need for a monarchy. An elected president should be the way forward, so anyone can aspire to be head of state rather than it being retained for a single-family. The same laws on tax should be applied to every UK citizen.