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States headed by Elizabeth II

Map of realms and territories
The realms, territories, and protectorates of Elizabeth II since 1972
  Current realms
  Former realms
  Current territories and dependencies[1]
  Former territories, dependencies and protectorates

The number of states headed by Queen Elizabeth II has varied during her 63 years on the throne, altogether seeing her as sovereign of a total of 32 independent countries during this period. In her capacity as Queen of the United Kingdom (including the British overseas territories), she is also monarch of three Crown dependenciesGuernsey, Jersey, and Mann—and, in her capacity as Queen of New Zealand, she is monarch of two associated states—the Cook Islands and Niue—since they acquired this status in 1965 and 1974, respectively.

Two countries are unique: The government of the unrecognised state of Rhodesia proclaimed its allegiance to Elizabeth II as queen of Rhodesia from 1965 to 1970. However, she did not accept either the role or the title and it was not accepted or recognized by any other state. Fiji became a republic through a military coup in 1987, after which its Great Council of Chiefs continued to recognise Elizabeth II as queen, or Paramount Chief of Fiji, until the council's de-establishment on 14 March 2012.[2] However, this was only a ceremonial title, with no role in government at all.[3]

  Current realms
  Former realms
  Ceremonial title (Fiji)
  Unrecognized realm (Rhodesia)
1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015
Antigua and Barbuda
The Bahamas
The Gambia
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom
1955 1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015

See also


  1. ^ British Overseas Territories, Crown dependencies, Sovereign Base Areas, Australian external territories, and territories and associated states of New Zealand
  2. ^
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