Originally Posted by nvidia2008
It doth seed fury in me at times... But I don't want to hate just for hatin's sake.
She isn't just the Queen of the UK, she's also in charge of Australia. In Australia, Prime Minister < Governor General < Queen. Mostly symbolic nowadays. But there you go, if you've ever wondered why Australia is formally called "The Commonwealth of Australia" not "Republic of Australia".
She's also the Queen of New Zealand, and the Queen of Canada.
To all the US readers who are a little confused, the Queen is not analogous to your President - she has no political power at all - except one. She can force a new election, but this has never been done in the UK (England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) AFAIK, but it did happen a few years back in Australia.
All power is vested in the Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair etc) who is elected. In the UK political power rests with the Lower House known as the House of Commons (your House of Representatives) and the Prime Minister is the leader of the Party with the largest number of seats - he's not elected by the people to be Prime Minister, but by members of his own political party.
The Upper House aka the House of Lords (like your Senate) contains all the Hereditary Lords, and those appointed to the House for services to that or this industry (but mostly because they have donated I expect to one or other political party, or given them publicity support. The House of Lords has very limited powers. It can amend legislation by adding a paragraph here or there, but if they do the House of Commons can still reject it.
Members of the House of Lords include Professors, Bishops, Dukes, and ex-Politicians, Judges and figures from industry. Many of them are very knowledgable about the subjects new laws are supposed to cover, and frequently help make the laws better because of their mostly non-political expertise and knowledge. Just yesterday there was a discussion about whether Government money should continue to support a charity involved in IVF work and research, and one of the speakers was a Professor who is a practicing Dr in the field itself (but not part of the Charity).
So, the Queen has to sign every law that is passed, but cannot create or abolish laws herself. She is loved because she is benign politically, and talks to all the people without any political aims in mind.