The Queen Regnant is Head of State in Ladonia, and undertakes constitutional and representational duties as defined by the Ladonian Constitution or as the need arises. Duties often include playing a part in internal State functions (i.e. Parliament must be opened, Orders in Council have to be approved, Acts of Parliament must be signed, and meetings with the President must be held) and also require The Queen to be the outward “face” of Ladonia to the rest of the world (i.e. receive foreign ambassadors and high commissioners, entertain visiting Heads of State, and make State visits overseas to other countries, in support of diplomatic and economic relations).
The monarchy in Ladonia is similar to other European constitutional monarchies in that the sovereign does not have ultimate power, but shares executive power with a president who is elected by the citizens. One interesting difference between Ladonia and other constitutional monarchies is that in Ladonia, succession is constitutionally defined as matrilineal primogeniture, which means that the heir to the throne is the oldest child of the mother’s bloodline with preference to daughters over sons.
Oft Asked Questions
Q: Does Ladonia have a King?
A: No, Ladonia does not have a king. The current occupant of the throne is Queen Carolyn.
Queen Carolyn is a queen regnant and therefore her husband, Prince David, is not the king, he is the prince consort. A queen regnant (plural: queens regnant) is a female monarch who reigns in her own right, in contrast to a queen consort, who is the wife of a reigning king. A queen regnant possesses and exercises sovereign powers. The husband of a queen regnant does not usually share his wife’s rank, title or sovereignty.