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So what does it mean to be the "head of the state"?

I don't quite understand how all this works... My history teacher told us that the Queen holds no real power she is there for ceremonial reason, but she can remove your Prime Minster and pass emergency legislation which to me seems like she has power. I don't understand... What does it mean to be head of the state?

Asked By: Oh No! - 9/10/2008
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There are two terms, "head of state" and "chief of government". In most Parliamentary systems (Britain, France, Japan), a cabinet is formed, usually of members of parliament, to run the daily business of government. The people in the cabinet are known as ministers, and their leader is the Prime Minister. The Prime... More
Answered By: Ying Ding Aing - 9/10/2008
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It means that the tax payers ,like me, will look after you, for as long as you wish to remain in your castle!
Answered By: gordonmother - 9/10/2008
 
The Queen technically can do those things, but she never does... More
Answered By: Chris - 9/10/2008
 
Head of State means the ceremonial representer of the State... More
Answered By: JJ - 9/11/2008
 
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