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The reigning monarch has three powerful constitutional rights: the right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn. These rights, however, do not necessarily give the monarch any such power. So, what power does the Queen have? The royal prerogative. The royal prerogative is, in a nutshell, a collection of executive powers and privileges held by a reigning (not ruling) monarch. Most of these powers are now exercised by Her Maj’s ministers in government, who implement the law of the day under the power of the Crown, hence the phrase ‘Her Majesty’s Government’.
Over the last century, these executive powers have been scarcely used, making many people question why they still exist at all (and yes, it’s the Republicans asking these questions). The answer to this question is simple. Prerogative powers remain a way to protect British democracy and ensure that nobody, including the monarch and ruling government (in practice), can seize power.
The Queen’s prerogative powers vary greatly and fall into a plethora of long definitions and practices. Here’s the condensed version:
- The Queen has the power to suspend and summon the elected parliament.
- She can declare war against another country, but really, nowadays, this falls on the ruling prime minister, who can exercise the royal prerogative without council from the government of the day.
Appointing the elected prime minister:
- The Queen is responsible for appointing the prime minister after a general election or resignation. She does this by choosing the candidate with the most support from the House of Commons. If a prime minister resigns, she will seek advice before naming a successor. If she does it without advice, uproar would ensue.
The issue and control of passports:
- Issuing and withdrawing passports falls under the royal prerogative, which means every British passport being issued in the Queen’s name. This power is used by ministers on behalf of Her Majesty. Oh, and because of this the Queen herself, does not need a passport.
Above the Law:
- As Queen, Elizabeth II cannot be prosecuted as the law is carried out in her name.
- Her Majesty has the power to appoint and remove ministers representing the Crown (i.e. her).
- It is the Queen’s responsibility to the nation and her peoples to approve bills from parliament by signing them into law. She can also refuse a bill if she believes it will harm the country.
Head of the armed forces:
- The Queen is head of the British armed forces – all that join the military must swear an oath of allegiance to her.
- Elizabeth II can commission officers into the armed forces and also remove them.
The Queen may create a life or hereditary peerage for anyone.
- All honors are given under the authority of the Crown. Because of this, the Queen has the last word on all knighthoods, peerages etc.
- The Queen may create a life or hereditary peerage for anyone.
Other Interesting Facts:
Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror was crowned in 1066.
- Her real birthday is April 21, but it is celebrated officially on the second Saturday of June.
- The Queen has given royal assent to 3,671 Acts of Parliament.
- Speaking of numbers, she and the Duke of Edinburgh have sent tens of thousands of Christmas cards since the accession.
- The Queen has 30 godchildren.
- She’s been to the FA Cup Final.
- The Queen knows how to use and fire a gun at will.
The Monarch is also allergic to cats.
- But she loves dogs.
Elizabeth has owned more than 30 corgis during her reign.
- The first was Susan, followed by current tail waggers Emma, Linnet, Monty, Holly and Willow to name a few.
About furry beasts, the Queen has received countless live animals as gifts, including jaguars and sloths from Brazil and two black beavers from Canada.
- They were all given to London Zoo.
- Bizarrely, the Queen collects pepper grinders.
- Her Majesty visited a mosque in the UK for the first time in July 2002, in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.
- Someone tried to shoot her during the 1981 Trooping the Color ceremony, but she just continued down The Mall, on her horse.
- She has a top-secret Facebook (as in her actual Facebook) that she uses to keep in contact with senior members of the Royal Family.
- Her Maj has been to Australia 16 times, Canada 22 times, Jamaica six times and New Zealand 10 times.
- The Queen has received over 3.5 million items of correspondence during her reign.
- She once demoted a naughty footman for giving her corgis whisky.
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- Happiness won’t just happen to you, and no one can give it to you—that power lies within you alone. If you’re ready to love your life, then start today! Express gratitude, change the way you think, and live happily.
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We had to admit, while this one will never be the Chinese delight we all have grown to love and respect; we feel you will not be disappointed. This recepie was found while looking up show ideas, a completely random process. We've learned doing this line of work that some of the best things in life are completely unexpected. Tell us what you think.
- 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 lb. Flank Steak, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 small Onion, chopped
- 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
- 4 cups Broccoli Florets
- 2 Tbsp. Flour (or Cornstarch)
- 3/4 cup Water
- 1/3 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Coconut Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Fresh Ginger, minced
- 1/8 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Large Skillet
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until well browned (6-8 minutes), remove from the pan when done and set aside.
- In the same pan add garlic and both kinds of onions to the beef drippings. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add broccoli and cover for 5 minutes.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine water and flour and mix until no longer lumpy. Combine soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Add flour mixture and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Remove cover from pan and add sauce. Cook until sauce starts to thicken (3-5 minutes).
- Add beef back to the pan and stir to combine. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Serve over Brown Rice or Quinoa if desired.
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Recent EntriesThe Understanding:
- As you begin your journey into this fascinating event that changed your life forever, we want to see what you saw, we want to feel how you felt. Be descriptive, share that pain, that joy, and share the senses (taste, touch, sight, smell and sound). Paint this vivid 3D image as if we are standing inside your shoes.
- Give us the detailing situations leading up to and during the event.
- Share with us what you feel and see:
Some tips to remember while compiling your story to us.
- Never Gossip (It's just rude to do.)
- Never Judge (When you do this, you discredit your story.)
- Try to refrain from making this about negativity, (We are trying to think positive. Your here telling your story so you must have done something right)
- Never Complain. (When you complain, you really make your points invalid)
- Never make excuses. (Don't be that guy/gal, remember your points are strong, you have no reason to excuse them)
- Never Lie. (Lying just makes your whole story look bad. After all, remember the only person you really need to convince is, well...YOU! Stand proud of your accomplishments.)
- Share with us what you’ve learned, how this experience made you grow into a better person for it.
- What made you share it?
- How did this experience inspire you, remember even the bad ones shape us.
- Important Reminder:
We want you to walk us through this event (no matter how long it takes) as if we were there on the journey with you. Share it completely, from feelings to scenery. This can be several events leading up to the challenge and then the final realization and how it all ended.
Below are some helpful files we have put together to help you better understand the format of your life changing event, your story.
- Mind-Map Version of the document you just read. Perfect Story.pdf
- Here are some tips. Helpful Tips on Story Writing.pdf
- Printable Flyer you can print and distribute all over town. Humanastory FLYER.pdf
- Printable Version of "Why Humanastory". Why Humanastory.pdf
- This link will begin the submission process.
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Day 5 - Sedona Arizona
We loved the town of Sedona so much that we decided to stay another day and enjoy the scenery and relaxation of the red rock town. We woke up in the morning to all the rooftops covered in snow and the brisk chill throughout the air. There is a certain feel about the town and its people that leave you with a permanent smile on your face as you walk through the shops and enjoy the views. Of course because we are all coffee lovers and on vacation we could not start our last day without a good cup of Joe. Our boy was so excited that he grabbed my coffee as well and we snapped a shot of him in his coffee lover moment...
With our caffeine in hand we decided to take a little drive through the town. Back behind the shops and eateries there are some beautiful little houses tucked away throughout the trees that still get the best views of the amazing red rocks. There is a wide variety of homes to big and fancy all the way to a quaint little trailer park. The air is quiet and the people truly seem to enjoy the spirit of Sedona as they keep everything nice and tidy and all the places have that sense of "home".
After driving through the hidden parts of the town we decided to check out the rest of the little shops that we had missed the day before. There are so many tucked away throughout the town that they are easy to overlook. From places that offer tours, to many different places to eat and try snack foods, to the local stands where people sell their home made shirts, jewelry, and of course sweets. It is hard to resist all the amazing trinkets and savory treats that Sedona has to offer. Make sure if you are planning a trip that you have plenty of cash on hand if you decide to do shopping as it is a touristy town and you will pay extra for taking money from the available ATMs. We stumbled across an inner mall of sorts where there are several inter-connected shops that are filled with shirts, hats, and all the insects sealed in amber that your heart could possibly desire. Mark even made himself a friend that he tried to take home with us...
There are so many things to see and do when visiting the town of Sedona that we barely got to see the majority of it in a couple of days. Had we known what a beautiful place it was when we started this vacation we would have devoted more time to this magical place. We spent the rest of our day relaxing, taking in all the views and sealing in our memories with some great pictures so we would never forget the awesome time we spent here.
I would love to revisit Sedona just to take in all the beauty once again. Especially the time of year when the breeze has that extra freshness to it after the snow has fallen. We recommend coming here and just taking some time to relax as this is a perfect place for it.
Thank you for coming along with us on our adventure through Arizona from the busy streets of Tucson, to the haunted mountain village of Jerome, and then to the tucked away beauty of Sedona. We will see you on the next Humanastory vacation.
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