The Constitution Unit


Future of the Monarchy

Princess Kate and Prince William
In 2016 we published a report on the changing powers and functions of the monarchy which took place during the Queen’s reign. This saw a significant reduction in her personal prerogative powers; but with no reduction in the monarch’s ceremonial functions.

This set the scene for two new projects. The first is on the next accession and coronation, looking in particular at the accession and coronation oaths. The second is a comparative study of the other monarchies of western Europe, their changing role and functions, and the challenges they all face. Some of the challenges were outlined in a book chapter on the Reign of Charles III.