The Role of the King

Roles of the Royal Palace

The King has many different and important roles. The functions reflected below relate to his role in the life of Parliament:

  • The King is an integral part of Parliament
  • The King summons Parliament
  • He officiates at the State opening of Parliament
  • The King delivers the “Speech from the Throne” outlining government policies and legislative programme
  • The King prorogues and dissolves Parliament on the advice of the Prime Minister
  • The King gives the Royal Assent to Bills passed by the two Houses of Parliament