How Did The Glorious Revolution Limit Royal Power In England?


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The Glorious Revolution changed the way England and the rest of the United Kingdom was governed forever. In the aftermath of the revolution, England finally rejected an absolute monarchy and instead embraced the model of the constitutional monarchy - which has been in place ever since.

What Royal powers were limited by the Glorious Revolution?
  • The Monarchy could no longer suspend laws.
  • The Monarch could not levy taxes, only Parliament could.
  • The Monarch could not make Royal appointments without Parliament's permission.
  • The Monarch also needed Parliament's permission to maintain a standing army in peacetime. The army is still to this day Parliament's possession, and because of this is the only armed service of the United Kingdom without a Royal prefix.

The Glorious Revolution The Glorious Revolution saw the overthrow of King James II of England, and the coronation of William III of Orange-Nassau (known as William of Orange) in James's place. This was accompanied by an invasion of the country by Dutch troops (William III was Dutch).

The coup d'etat was a protest against King James II's religious tolerance, with many English politicians fearing that the King would convert to Catholicism - something they could not tolerate. Instead, they invited William of Orange to invade, because he and his wife Mary were Protestants, thus ensuring that the Royal line would remain so.

William of Orange was happy to rule within the framework of a constitutional monarchy, unlike many of his predecessors who had found the prospect of ruling together with Parliament difficult to grasp. The Glorious Revolution is one of the most important events of English and British political history, becoming a foundation for the United Kingdom's constitutional conventions.

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