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While the British monarchy retains the formal trappings of its absolute past, the Sovereign no longer rules, all political power has shifted to the democratically mandated politicians, parliament and cabinet. Although the organs of state are officially known as H.M.'s government, armed forces etc., the monarch's only influence is informal, trough confidential meetings such as the weekly audience granted to the Prime Minister, who once a year spends a whole weekend at the royal castle Balmoral in Scotland. Similarly the sovereign is nominal commander in chief of the military, in fact just meets officers and visits units while the cabinet and Ministry of Defense are in charge. As head of the Anglican state church, the monarch nowadays furthers ecumenism and religious tolerance. Famous symbols of the royal (formerly real) 'authority' include the priceless crown jewels, which in turn star in the mayor annual ceremony, the State Opening of Parliament, which symbolizes the constitutional ... Written by KGF Vissers

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