Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Role of the UK's head of state

Sue Ikenberry wrote to point out the Queen's reply to a 12-year-old Irish boy's request for her to return the 6 counties of Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland. The royal response points out the political power of the monarch.

Queen Elizabeth II replies to a Dublin schoolboy’s polite request to return the six counties to Ireland
“The Queen has asked me to thank you for your recent letter in which you wished to tell Her Majesty that you have been learning about the history of the Easter Rising 1916.

“While it was thoughtful of you to let The Queen know of your views, I must explain that this is not a matter in which Her Majesty would intervene.

“As a constitutional sovereign, The Queen acts on the advice of her Ministers and remains strictly non-political at all times.

“Her Majesty has asked me to thank you for the pictures you drew especially for her, and I would like to send you and your family my good wishes at this time.”

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