13 December 2009

public duties - official engagements

The Mail on Sunday has reported that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II plans to hand over substantial public duties (official engagements) to her grandson Prince William.

Were these 'public duties' devised to keep a monarch busy? Are they necessary?

Who else would perform these 'public duties' if the United Kingdom became a republic?

In the absence of ruling by divine right, what is the point of a non-elected monarchical head of state that couldn't be performed by another person?

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