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Why Charles III and the royal family will not vote in the UK election

An expert explains why members of the royal family do not vote in the UK elections

Citizens of the United Kingdom go to the polls on July 4, but the British family will not be voting. Although King Charles appoints new prime ministers, and British monarchs have historically had the right to fire people from office, he and other working members of the royal family are not eligible to vote in the election.

The reason is that monarchs remain politically neutral in all matters. Regardless of which political party is in power, representatives of the crown and parliament must work together to ensure smooth operation, People writes.

Why Charles III and the royal family will not vote in the UK election

The monarch and other members of the royal family must also interact with foreign leaders, regardless of their political affiliation. Therefore, they do not vote or express their political views publicly.

Why Charles III and the royal family will not vote in the UK election

Voting for monarchs is not illegal, however, as Robert Blackburn, a professor of constitutional law at King's College London, recently explained to Time: "The king and active members of the royal family can legally vote in general elections on the same grounds as other eligible citizens, but in practice, they do not do so for obvious reasons, especially because it would cause a furor of media speculation and violate the constitutional requirement of strict party-political impartiality."

Why Charles III and the royal family will not vote in the UK election

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