Royal Style and Titles Act

Royal Style and Titles Act

In the Commonwealth realms, Royal Style and Titles Acts are passed in order to declare the Sovereign's formal title.

The most significant of these Acts is the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927, which was passed in the United Kingdom in recognition of the creation of the Irish Free State, a development that necessitated a change in King George V's title. The Act signified a change in the way that the Crown in the United Kingdom related to the Crown in other Commonwealth realms, opened the way for the monarch to have a different title in each Dominion, and reflected the changed relationship between Britain and the Dominions as outlined in the Balfour Declaration of 1926.

In December, 1952 the Dominion governments agreed that the practice of separate titles should continue in the reign of the new monarch, Elizabeth II. Each country adopted its own titles; the British Act of Parliament clearly stated that it applied only to the United Kingdom and those overseas territories whose foreign relations were controlled by the UK government. For Britain, the act also tidied up use of the title of King of Ireland, following Ireland's declaration as a republic in 1949. Henceforth, Elizabeth would be known in the UK as "Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" rather that of "Great Britain" and "Ireland" separately. [ [ An Act to provide for an alteration of the Royal Style and Titles. 1 & 2 Eliz. 2 c. 9] ]

ee also

* Title and style of the Canadian monarch
*Style of the British Sovereign
*List of titles and honours of Queen Elizabeth II
*Royal Titles Act 1876 UK
*Royal Titles Act 1974 NZ


External links

* [ An Act Relating to the Royal Style and Titles 1953 (Australia)]
* [ Royal Style and Titles Act 1973 (Australia)]
* [ Royal Style and Titles Act 1973 (South Australia)]
* [ An Act respecting the Royal Style and Titles 1953 (Canada)]
* [ Royal Style and Titles Act 1985 (Canada)]

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