How was England, unlike most other European countries, able to maintain its monarchy, even in ceremonial form up to the present day? Care to write a hub about it?
Because we deposed the monarchy, then restored it, but removed all of it's real political power, then used it as a Head of State.
England maintained the monarchy because:
1. Because it was convenient. After a defeated Charles 1st was beheaded, parliament became the power base but the military structure remained the same. England was a republic in all but name with Cromwell head of the table. When he died a vacuum quickly ensued - no one could agree on the way forward and England was facing turmoil. In stepped Charles 2nd - at the invitation of parliament - to provide stability. The monarchy though powerless retained its material privileges - to this very day - except that the Queen now pays taxes!!!!
2. We're jolly well nice people and don't like cutting heads off,( unlike the French who lopped hundreds of heads off in their revolution.)
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