Report The Crown in Arts and Culture Posted March 22, 2017 9 minutes ago, JamesHackerMP said: Well Canada is more of what one political scientist called a "crowned republic", in my observation (if you'll excuse me if I overreach). The monarchy in the UK actually wields executive authority (different in nature from actual power as we know). In your commonwealth realm, by contrast, the effective head of state is really not so much the Queen herself, but her supposed "representative" (or viceroy), H.E. the G.G. Since the PM makes the recommendation to the Queen, and the recommendation isn't typically ignored or argued with, and the aforementioned recommended designate is no longer "London's Man" but instead a native Canadian; you effectively have a republican order in imperial dress. But I digress again. And I hope that doesn't offend anyone, by the way. Because 1) your system seems find to me, even if the PM has a little bit more power than he probably should--I'm the sort of person "if it's cool with you it's cool with me" by the way; and 2) Because I think your nominal head of state has put up with a lot of crap for the last 65 years that the average elected official has to do with a very limited term. After all, what American president had to eat lunch with Idi Amin? (I'd love to know what idiot Prime Minister arranged that one and kick him in the balls. What the hell do you think they actually talked about?) And family problems, as covered in the series, of course. She has to put up with so much bull**** that the average president or PM just doesn't. So here's to you, Your Majesty. Happy 65th! Margaret Thatcher one said that those who insist that a politician should be a head of state should spend a little more time with politicians. (Maybe the late Baroness Thatcher would know...) But I think they overreacted about Princess Margaret. They should have let her just marry that dude. The problem in England is the Queen is both head of state and head of the Church of England. So whatever the hierarchy in the COE says, the Queen must obey. There should be a separation of church and state.