Modern Monarchy: State and Nation

Prescott, C. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This is the text of a talk delivered at City, University of London as part of their Constitutional Law Seminar Series for 2017-18. The talk considers the origins of the ‘Modern Monarchy’ which emerged in the response of the monarchy to the difficult period between the “annus horribils” of 1992 and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. Ostensibly, the constitutional functions of the monarch as Head of State have, over the past twenty years, become less significant due to constitutional change, with the focus of the monarchy increasingly on its role as Head of Nation. Within the context of a constitution adapting to Brexit, this talk considers these functions of the monarchy. The talk then concludes with an analysis of the republican argument.
Period21 Mar 2018
Held atCity, University of London, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • monarchy
  • royal prerogative
  • constitutional law
  • British politics
  • parliament
  • prorogation
  • head of state