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The British Monarchy in WWII
Transcript of The British Monarchy in WWII
Around the year 757 a.d. a group of people
called the Anglo-Saxons inhabited where
Great Britain is today.
They began the establishment of what we know today as the British Empire....
Until 1603, the British and Scottish crowns were separate. Many rulers came and went,conquering the land at different times.
During the Middle Ages, there was fierce competition for the thrown. This is known as the Hundreds Years War.
The feuds ended when the Tudor Dynasty took over and ruled until 1603.
But now, all of the United Kingdom is ruled by one crown.
Since the 17th century, the Monarchy has gone through many evolutions. They have gradually lost power and have become more and more subject to parliament.
Parliament is made up of the
House of Commons and the House of Lords.
So, where were they???
So what do they do now?
Even though they don't have absolute rule like they did centuries ago, they do have some authority.
Letters f the public are dealt with accordingly
They can choose the Prime Minister
They sign and approve foreign policies
House of Commons
House of Lords
makes and shapes laws
In a monarchy, the king or queen is the head of state. The British Monarchy is known as a constitutional monarchy. This means that while the Sovereign is the Head of State, the ability to pass and make legislation resides with the Parliament.
Elizabeth the Queen Mother and her husband King George VI stood as symbols of the fight against fascism during WWII.
She refused for herself and her children to leave her husband, who in turn refused to leave London even during the Blitz.
The Queen Mother made many contributions to the Red Cross. She visited many hospitals, factories and targetted parts of Britain while the king was busy with policy affairs. The King and Churchill formed a government that no longer supported appeasement.
Queen Elizabeth II
The King and Queens two daughters lived at Windsor Castle during the war, only about 20 km from Buckingham Palace.
When Elizabeth, who is queen now, became of age she served in the Auxillery Territorial Service for the Army. She was a mechanic.