The British system is fundamentally a constitutional monarchy with the queen serving as the Head of State. However, the ability to develop legislation rests with an elected Parliament. The queen and her office serve as a symbol of unity and national pride. As Head of State, the Queen's interaction with the government is expected to be neutral with regards to the nation's political groupings.
The queen is expected to open each session of Parliament. The monarch is also responsible for assenting to pieces of legislation passed through parliament. State orders are also approved by the queen. Additionally, the monarch reserves the authority to appoint the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister is expected to update the queen on matters including the state of affairs in the nation. Although the monarch does not directly participate in the enforcement of the law, the nation’s legal institutions continue to dispense justice in the name of the sovereign. The Queen also reserves the title and authority of the commander in chief of the British Armed Forces.