The Monarchy today

H.M. Dronningen, 2012
Danmarks Riges Grundlov. I grundloven er det bestemt, at det danske monarki er konstitutionelt
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The Monarchy today 

Denmark has a constitutional monarchy, which means that the monarch cannot independently perform political acts. Although the monarch signs all Acts of Parliament, these only come into force when they have been countersigned by a Cabinet Minister. 

As Head of State, the monarch participates in the formation of a new government. After consultation
with representatives of the political parties, the party leader who has the support of the largest number
of seats in the Folketing (the Danish Parliament) is invited to form a government. Once a government
has been formed, the monarch formally appoints it. Additionally, the monarch is the formal Head
of the Government and therefore presides over the State Council, where acts passed by the Folketing are signed into law.
The Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs report regularly to The Queen to inform her
of the latest political developments. The Queen hosts official visits by foreign heads of state and
pays state visits abroad. She receives all foreign country ambassadors, who must present their credentials before starting their work in Denmark. Her Majesty also formally appoints and dismisses civil servants.

The Queen's main tasks are to represent Denmark abroad and to be a figurehead at home. The Queen performs the latter task by accepting invitations to open exhibitions, attend anniversaries, etc. Exhibition openings abroad in connection with export campaigns are also often attended by members of the Royal Family.

In addition, The Queen regularly gives audiences so that citizens with legitimate errands can offer their personal thanks regarding civil service appointments and retirements, knighthood appointments and the receipt of public service medals.

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