So I've always heard that the passage of the 1832 Great Reform act is what started the decline of the British monarch's powers but is this true? I mean within two years of the Act William IV appointed a Prime Minister who wasn't from the majority party. The attempt failed, but that was due to the Tories being unable to win an election and not because anyone questioned the Sovereign's right to do so. Or should the fault lay with Queen Victoria, an uneducated monarch unaware of her own prerogatives and who relied heavily on her Prime minister and then her husband to assist her? Basically who's to blame for the decline of the Monarchy's power and more importantly can it be stopped?