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What would happen to the royal family if the monarchy in the UK was abolished?

No points for "they'd have to get real jobs".

What would happen? Would there be a settlement? Would they retain land?

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Tim3211
They have personal fortunes, and the Queen privately owns Balmoral and Sandringham House. The "crown estates" are a bargain between the monarch and parliament which is renewed with each new monarch. Parliament accepts the revenue from the "crown estates" in exchange for the "civil list".
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If UK becomes a republic, then parliament will have broken that agreement. Presumably the former Prince Charles will contest the matter in court, and try and reclaim some of his families inheritance. Priority would be on Windsor castle which is assessed at roughly US$1/2 billion. Secondarily, Clarence House would probably be contested. As to the valuable property that is part of the "crown estate", I don't know who would gain control. Like, I said , it would be a matter for the courts.

Many of the residences are owned by the government, but the Princes and Princesses do have legally binding long term leases (some for over 100 years). I am talking about the estates that Prince Andrew and Prince Edward live in, "thatched roof cottage" that Princess Alexandra occupies, and the apartments in Kensington Palace where the three princes live with their wives.

Using the precedent of other European countries, Buckingham Palace would become the official residence of the President of "Great Britain & Ulster". It is unlikely that the country needs another expensive museum.

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Peter321
They would do the same things that other deposed royalty do...live off their savings, make a little here and there, dabble in things like writing, gardening, public relations, expensive cosmetics, etc.

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Well I can imagine you Americans will be killing each other to get any of our Royals on speaking tour.Look at one "Royal "we discarded,Fergie,they jump through hoops in America just to listen to her garble,fickle lot.

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The Queen does have personal wealth and property, and she would be able to keep them. Some other members of the family, such as Prince William and Prince Harry, also have their own wealth and own property, while many members of the extended family already actually hold down -- surprise! -- real jobs.

Such properties as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and St James Palace aren't owned by the monarch anyway, so they would probably be run as museums by the state.

Those members of the family that are currently dependent on Parliamentary Annuities in return for carrying out royal engagements (those annuities are reimbursed to the state by the Queen) might be given settlements of some sort, since some of them would be too old to establish careers. And there might be other settlements made to compensate the family for the loss of revenues from certain duchies, those of Lancaster and Cornwall specifically.

The negotiations would be complicated, but ultimately, the former royals would probably simply settle down as wealthy Brits, with some former glory still clinging to them. It's highly unlikely that they would be forced into exile as members of defunct monarchies in other countries have been.

The abolishing of the monarchy would raise serious questions about British titles in generals. Would it also mean the disappearance of the titled aristocracy, people who would suddenly become "Mr," "Mrs," and "Ms"? Or would the titled Brits, royal and aristocratic, continue to use their titles as many Europeans do, even though these would no longer have any real meaning or substance?

It's an interesting question.

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It is, of course how Capitalgentleman said, there are more than a dozen other counties that she is Queen of. The only thing I disagree with, is the Crown Jewels, works of art and other jewelry presented to various monarchs, that belong to the State, even if, in the unlikely event of the U.K being declared a republic, the state would remain. The State takes precedence over every and anything.

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Peter321
They would retain land because they own the land. It would be pretty much the same, the queen would still live in the palace, etc.

The only difference would be that, she wouldn't have guards outside buckingham palace, and she wouldn't do the role that she currently does.

The rest of them probably have enough money to live on for the rest of their lives and yes their kids would have no choice to get proper jobs as they wouldn't be funded by the tax payer as they are now.

Of course they'd be really good jobs I.E Barristers etc.

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Well, there are still 15 other countries the Queen is the monarch of. She may move to one of them.

It would be difficult though in many ways. For example, deciding which properties are hers privately, hers in trust of the Crown, and public land administered by the Crown would be a long, drawn out process I should imagine. E.g., the Crown Jewels: are they her personal property, or the States? But, legally, she IS the State! This would be a complicated thing!

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The Queen holds a vast amount of land in the private capacity of "Elizabeth Windsor". The land she owns as Queen (which can normally only be inherited by the next monarch) would have to be settled either before hand under mutual agreement or through the courts as the government would be breaking the contract that has currently been in place where the Government pays for the cost of the Monarchy in exchange for the profits from the crown estates. Many of the art and palaces are not owned by the Queen (often called held in trust for the nation) this means they belong to her but she cannot sell them but it only belongs to the Monarch so she cannot give away bits to other relatives. It would be very complicate process.

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It depends how it came about. Some ex kings and queens have been sent in to exile and had their properties confiscated. The pretender to the French throne used to live in Portugal. If it was an amicable arrangement they would just be an ordinary but wealthy family. Judging by the cost and commotion of US presidential elections it is to be hoped that the royal family can hang in there. One election on that absurd scale is one too many - the rest of the world couldn't face two!

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