When the thirteen colonies of British America declared their independence from King George III, it led to the Revolutionary War. The American leaders wanted to be free from rule of monarchs and create their own fate. We know what happened to the colonies, but what became of the king and his line?
During the 16th and 17th centuries, a king was believed to be appointed by God. Therefore, any decision he made was considered automatically right. Any rebellion against him was considered a rebellion against God. But those days were already coming to an end when the Revolution occurred.
The king was left with just two real powers. The first was that he could appoint ministers. The second was that he could veto any law passed by Parliament. However, the power of royal veto hasn’t been used since 1708. Today’s monarch does, however, still play two useful roles:
- When no side is able to form a majority in the Parliament, he or she can give strong “advice” on appointing a caretaker government.
- If the Prime Minister loses a vote of no confidence and refuses to step aside, the king or queen could dismiss the person (although they would only do so with the consent of Parliament).
Today, the British have a similar relationship with their government as Americans. They vote, and sometimes they stand for office. Despite the split between the two nations all those years ago, the governments and the people have gone in a similar direction.