The might of the Commonwealth
There’s a viewpoint held by many – perhaps most – that Queen Elizabeth II is just a vestige of the once powerful British Empire and no longer has any real authority, and that the House of Windsor clan is a Royal Family in decline, desperately clinging to the past.
However, there is another take on this iconic lady who is one of history’s longest reigning monarchs. We explore this in our book THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
To get a sense of how wealthy and powerful the Queen really is, you must first study the Commonwealth and Her Majesty’s role as head of it. Previously known as the British Commonwealth, the Commonwealth is basically what’s left of the old British Empire that once ruled much of the world. As the various territories, or colonies, gained their independence, most became member states of the Commonwealth.
Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II has been Head of the Commonwealth since her accession to the throne in 1952. As the multi-country union was only formally constituted in 1949, the Commonwealth and the Queen are in many ways inseparable.
The Commonwealth today.
With almost a third of the world’s population and a quarter of the Earth’s land mass, the Commonwealth spans all seven continents. In 2012, this intergovernmental organization produced almost $10 trillion in Gross Domestic Product, or GDP. In terms of population, wealth, mineral resources and land mass, the Commonwealth forms a big chunk of the planet.
Today, 53 countries remain in the Commonwealth. Members include such powerhouse nations as the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and Pakistan. Other nations include Bangladesh, Singapore, Kenya, Nigeria, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Jamaica and numerous other Caribbean countries.
In addition to being head of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Queen is the constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms where her powers are magnified.
For example, her official title in Australia is as follows: “Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.”
Her title as Queen and Head of Canada is almost identical to her title in Australia.
In a similar vein to the US Federal Reserve, the central banks of various Commonwealth realms such as New Zealand, Canada and Australia are officially titled ‘Crown corporations’ and by and large operate independently of those countries’ governments. Some commentators have argued this banking loop-hole allows the Queen to quietly but methodically maintain control of these nations’ finances.
Queen Elizabeth…one of the longest reigning monarchs.
The Queen’s representatives in Commonwealth realms like Canada, Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand are known as Governor-Generals, reflecting Her Majesty’s supreme authority. What most citizens of these countries don’t realize is that the Queen’s powers extend over and above elected prime ministers.
This little known fact reared its ugly head in 1975 when Australia’s elected Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was unceremoniously removed by then Governor-General Sir John Kerr. This was done at the behest of the Queen.
Prime Minister Whitlam had this to say to the press after being dismissed from office: “Well may we say God save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor-General!”
Some researchers speculated the Whitlam Government’s policies were interfering with the Queen’s extensive business interests in Australia. It’s plausible policies that were called radical, Far Left and anti-business – as Whitlam’s policies were labeled by Australian and international media – could curtail profitability of Her Majesty’s vast enterprises.
Besides the Queen’s orders to dismiss Prime Minister Whitlam from office, there is a thread of evidence to suggest the CIA was also involved in Whitlam’s dismissal.
In 2010, a similar political event occurred in Australia when Kevin Rudd, the country’s elected Prime Minister, was abruptly replaced by fellow Labour Party MP Julia Gillard even though his popularity with the public was at a record high. Many citizens protested and some political analysts claimed it was unconstitutional to remove an elected PM from office. The Governor-General, however, did not intervene.
Interestingly, Rudd was in the process of implementing legislation to increase taxes on offshore mining companies to withhold more of the nation’s mineral riches for the Australian people. This legislation would have included higher taxes for Rio Tinto, the multi-national metals and mining corporation the Queen owns the majority of shares in.
As well as being able to replace prime ministers, Her Majesty has the authority in Commonwealth countries to dissolve Parliament and call elections any time she so desires, refuse to approve any legislation she doesn’t agree with and even pardon convicted criminals.
The leaders of all 53 Commonwealth countries officially swear an Oath of Allegiance to the Queen. Those who do not swear this oath are deemed unfit for office. Besides politicians, all public servants, lawyers, judges, police and military personnel are also forced to swear this oath. And new citizens of Commonwealth nations must swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen.
Bottom line is the Queen has absolute power throughout much of the mighty Commonwealth. Furthermore, she is unelected and unaccountable.
Read more in The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/
A book that’s for the common people.