WATCH — Why Canada has a Royal Family and a King

Published 2022-10-11 03:00

Canada’s constitutional monarchy explained

Every week, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that everyone’s talking about. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.

With the recent death of Queen Elizabeth, Canada has a new monarch, King Charles.

Today the new King is back in the news after officials announced the date that he will officially accept his crown: May 6.

This has some people in Canada asking questions about Canada’s ties to the monarchy.

Have your say: watch the latest KN Video and share your thoughts by filling out the question form below. Check back next week to see if you answer is featured.

Canada is a constitutional monarchy.

We’re an independent country and we elect our prime minister, but the King is our monarch and head of state.

That’s because Canada used to be a colony of the British Empire, and transitioned to an independent realm of the Commonwealth.

Canada, and all realms of the Commonwealth, have the monarch as their head of state.

Yikes. There’s a lot to unbox here. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. KN Explains:

Have Your Say

This week’s question is all about the monarch and Canada. Share your thoughts on our ties to the King below:

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Ainara Alleyne
Ainara Alleyne
CBC Kids News Contributor
Ainara Alleyne is a Grade 9 student from Hamilton, Ontario. At 10, she started an Instagram account to highlight books for young people whose authors and main characters are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, differently-abled or under-represented.

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