You live in a fairy tale!

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118px-Elizabeth_II_greets_NASA_GSFC_employees,_May_8,_2007_editDid you know we (in Canada) live in a story book kind of a life?  With princes, princesses, Kings, Queens, knights, Castles, the whole works?

Its easy to forget / not think about it but we do live in a common wealth that still makes use of and has a place for the monarchy.

Again, from wikipedia:

The monarchy of Canada is the core of both Canada‘s federalism and its Westminster-styleparliamentarydemocracy,[4]being the foundation of the executivelegislative, and judicial branches of the Canadian government and each provincial government.[5][6][7] The current Canadian monarch, since 6 February 1952, is Queen Elizabeth II. Although the person of the sovereign is equally shared with fifteen other independent countries within the Commonwealth of Nations, each country’s monarchy is separate and legally distinct. As a result, the current monarch is officially titledQueen of Canadaand, in this capacity, she, her consort, and other members of the Canadian Royal Family undertake public and private functions domestically and abroad as representatives of the Canadian state. However, the Queen is the only member of the Royal Family with any constitutional role. The Queen lives predominantly in the United Kingdom and, while several powers are the sovereign’s alone, most of the royal governmental and ceremonial duties in Canada are carried out by the Queen’s representative, the governor general. In each of Canada’s provinces, the monarch is represented by a lieutenant governor, while the territories are not sovereign and thus do not have a viceroy.

How does it work exactly?

Per the Canadian constitution, the responsibilities of the sovereign and/or governor general include summoning and dismissing parliament, calling elections, and appointing governments. Further, Royal Assent and the royal sign-manualare required to enact laws, letters patent, and orders in council. But the authority for these acts stems from the Canadian populace and,[8][9][10] within the conventional stipulations of constitutional monarchy, the sovereign’s direct participation in any of these areas of governance is limited, with most related powers entrusted for exercise by the elected and appointedparliamentarians, the ministers of the Crown generally drawn from amongst them, and the judges and justices of the peace.[8] The Crown today primarily functions as a guarantor of continuous and stable governance and a nonpartisansafeguard against the abuse of power,[8][11][12] the sovereign acting as a custodian of the Crown’s democratic powers and a representation of the “power of the people above government and political parties.”[13][14]

The historical roots of the Canadian monarchy date back to approximately the turn of the 16th century,[n 1][22][23][24][25][26]when European kingdoms made the first claims to what is now Canadian territory. Monarchical governance thenceforth evolved under a continuous succession of French and British sovereigns, and eventually the legally distinct Canadian monarchy,[15][18][19][21][27][28] which is sometimes colloquially referred to as the Maple Crown.[n 2][18][30]

How long will this last? Well apparently its a TON of work to get rid of the monarchy from our laws and constitution and really there isn’t a lot of advantage to it so it will likely be this way for the forseeable future.

So there you go, we live in a story book world ruled by Kings and Queens – in a kind of a way anyways.

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