Today the British monarchy is firmly established as a constitutional monarchy. It is the Prime Minister and parliament, rather than the monarch, who lead government and exercise effective political power. In this lecture Professor Cannadine will discuss how and when the British monarchy became constitutional. He will explore notions of constitutional and unconstitutional monarchy in the period from the eighteenth century to the present day. He will address key questions such as, how is it possible for a monarchy to be constitutional when there is no written constitution? Unlike many nations, Britain has no single core constitutional document. Professor Cannadine will also consider whether constitutional monarchy is a feminised monarchy. Stripped of its political power, and of its other generically male functions, is Britain's monarchy an emasculated monarchy, and therefore an effeminised version of an essentially male institution.
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