The Royal Family, also known as the British Monarchy has been ruling over the United Kingdom since 871 when King Alfred the Great was recognised as the first British Monarch or King of England. The current British Monarch stands as Queen Elizabeth II who has two main roles, one of which is official and one of which is unofficial. The official role is head of state, the unofficial role is head of the country. Head of state This role is what gives the British Monarch the power to appoint Prime Ministers and approve legislation as well as bestow honours. At the top of this they also have official roles to play in other organizations, which include the Armed Forces and the Church of England.
Head of nation The role of the British Monarch with regards to the less official role of head of nation is when the British Monarch acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride. The role also includes providing a feeling of stability and continuity. It’s also within this role that the British Monarch recognises success and excellence and supports public and voluntary services. Members of the Royal Family When the Queen is however carrying out her duties she’s supported by other working members of the Royal Family. They help with carrying out a broad range of public engagements and involvements with charities as well as personal interests. The Royal Family however is a large one and one that dates back years. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall who’re The Queen’s eldest son and his second wife Prince William of Wales and Prince Harry of Wales who’re The Prince of Wales son’s The Duke of York – The Queen’s second son Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York – The Duke of York’s daughters The Earl and Countess of Wessex who’re The Queen’s 3rd son and his wife Viscount Severn, the Earl of Wessex’s son and Lady Louise Windsor, the Earl of Wessex’s daughter The Princess Royal – The Queen’s daughter The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy who’re the Queens cousins and their spouses. Inside the United Kingdom there’s no strict legal or definition of who’s regarded as a Royal Family member.