Asked • 04/04/19

Who controls the British Armed Forces?

I'm trying to research this for a friend. I understand that the government of the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, in which the Queen is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the head of government. The Queen is currently the commander-in-chief. My question is, who has the authority to order the military? Does the prime minister have to confer with the Queen before any action can be taken? Or vice-versa, can the prime minister order without the queen? Or must both agree before any action can be taken? Also, who has the ultimate authority for the nuclear weapons of the United Kingdom? In the US, the ultimate authority is the president or acting president.

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