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A COMMONWEALTH REALM is a sovereign state that is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
and shares the same person, currently Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
, as its head of state and reigning constitutional monarch , but retains a crown legally distinct from the other realms. As of 2017, there are 16 Commonwealth realms: Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
, Australia
Australia
, Barbados
Barbados
, Belize
Belize
, Canada
Canada
, Grenada
Grenada
, Jamaica
Jamaica
, New Zealand , Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
, Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
, The Bahamas
The Bahamas
, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
.

The Statute of Westminster 1931
Statute of Westminster 1931
provided for the then Dominions —named therein as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, the Irish Free State, and Newfoundland—to have full legislative independence as equal members of the British Commonwealth of Nations, having, together with the United Kingdom, one person as the sovereign of each. Subsequently, India
India
and Pakistan
Pakistan
(both in 1947) and Ceylon (in 1948) became Dominions. By the early 1950s, in order to reflect the equality between the countries in that group, each (including the United Kingdom, but not the former Irish Free State
Irish Free State
and India, which had by that time become republics) came to be known as a _realm _. The word was formally used in Britain's proclamation of Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
as queen in 1952 and was adopted for the modern royal styles and titles under the legislation enacted by the individual countries. The principle was applied to other countries as they became Commonwealth realms, having sovereign status granted directly. The phrase _Commonwealth realm_, though used officially, is not a statutory term.

CONTENTS

* 1 Current Commonwealth realms * 2 Relationship of the realms

* 3 The Crown
The Crown
in the Commonwealth realms

* 3.1 Royal succession and regency * 3.2 Monarch\'s role in the realms * 3.3 Religious role of the monarch * 3.4 Royal family

* 4 Flags

* 5 Historical development

* 5.1 Dominions emerge

* 5.2 Between the wars

* 5.2.1 Statute of Westminster * 5.2.2 Independent Dominions

* 5.3 Post-war evolution * 5.4 From the accession of Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II

* 6 Former Commonwealth realms

* 6.1 List of states * 6.2 Republican referendums

* 7 See also * 8 Notes

* 9 References

* 9.1 Citation

* 10 Bibliography * 11 External links

CURRENT COMMONWEALTH REALMS

The number of independent countries in the Commonwealth of Nations all sharing the same person as monarch reached 18 between 1983 and 1987. As of 2010 , there are 16 such realms that have a combined area (excluding Antarctic
Antarctic
claims) of 18.7 million km2 (7.2 million mi2) and a population of 143 million, of which all but about two million live in the six most populous: the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, Canada
Canada
, Australia
Australia
, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
, New Zealand
New Zealand
, and Jamaica
Jamaica
.

COUNTRY POPULATION MONARCHY Date QUEEN\'S TITLE Sovereign's royal standard

Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
91,295 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
1981 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. None

Australia
Australia
24,023,100 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Australia
Australia
1942 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of AUSTRALIA and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.

The Bahamas
The Bahamas
321,834 Monarchy of the Bahamas 1973 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. None

Barbados
Barbados
285,000 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Barbados
Barbados
1966 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of BARBADOS and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth

Belize
Belize
347,369 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Belize
Belize
1981 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of BELIZE and of Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth None

Canada
Canada
35,985,751 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Canada
Canada
1931 English: Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD of the UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA and of Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH French : _Elizabeth Deux, par la grâce de Dieu Reine du Royaume-Uni, du Canada
Canada
et de ses autres royaumes et territoires, Chef du Commonwealth, Défenseur de la Foi_

Grenada
Grenada
109,590 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Grenada
Grenada
1974 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND AND OF GRENADA and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth None

Jamaica
Jamaica
2,950,210 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Jamaica
Jamaica
1962 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of JAMAICA and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth

New Zealand
New Zealand
4,596,700 Monarchy
Monarchy
of New Zealand
New Zealand
1947 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of NEW ZEALAND and Her Other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
7,059,653 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
1975 Elizabeth the Second, Queen of PAPUA NEW GUINEA and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth
Head of the Commonwealth
None

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
54,961 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1983 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of SAINT CHRISTOPHER AND NEVIS and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth None

Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
183,600 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia
1979 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of SAINT LUCIA and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth None

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
103,000 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
1979 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth None

Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
523,000 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
1978 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of SOLOMON ISLANDS and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth None

Tuvalu
Tuvalu
10,837 Monarchy
Monarchy
of Tuvalu
Tuvalu
1978 Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, Queen of TUVALU and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth None

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
64,716,000 Monarchy
Monarchy
of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
1931 English: Elizabeth the Second, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND and of Her other Realms and Territories QUEEN, Head of the Commonwealth, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH Latin : _Elizabeth Secunda Dei Gratia Britanniarum Regnorumque Suorum Ceterorum Regina Consortionis Populorum Princeps Fidei Defensor_

* ^ The flags shown are the current national flags of the Commonwealth realms. The current Canadian flag was adopted in 1965. * ^ Dates indicate the year each country became a member of the Commonwealth, as from the year of enactment of the Statute of Westminster or the year of the country's independence. * ^ Differences shown here in bold. * ^ Niue
Niue
and the Cook Islands
Cook Islands
are under the sovereignty of the Queen of New Zealand
New Zealand
as self-governing states in free association with New Zealand. New Zealand
New Zealand
and its associated states, along with Tokelau and the Ross Dependency, comprise the Realm
Realm
of New Zealand
New Zealand
. * ^ Guernsey
Guernsey
, Jersey
Jersey
, and the Isle of Man
Isle of Man
—the Crown dependencies —are self-governing possessions of the British Crown, under the sovereignty of the Queen of the United Kingdom. Together with the UK, these comprise the British Islands.

RELATIONSHIP OF THE REALMS

The Commonwealth realms are, for purposes of international relations, sovereign states . They are united only in their voluntary connection with the institution of the monarchy, the succession, and the Queen herself; the person of the sovereign and the Crown were said in 1936 to be "the most important and vital link" between the realms. Political scientist Peter Boyce called this grouping of countries associated in this manner, "an achievement without parallel in the history of international relations or constitutional law." Terms such as _personal union _, a _form of personal union_, and _shared monarchy_, among others, have all been advanced as definitions since the beginning of the Commonwealth itself, though there has been no agreement on which term is most accurate, or even whether _personal union_ is applicable at all.

Since the Balfour Declaration of 1926, the realms have been considered "equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the Crown." and the monarch is "equally, officially, and explicitly of separate, autonomous realms." Andrew Michie wrote in 1952 " Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
embodies in her own person many monarchies: she is Queen of Great Britain, but she is equally Queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Ceylon... it is now possible for Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
to be, in practice as well as theory, equally Queen in all her realms." Still, Boyce holds the counter-opinion the crowns of all the non-British realms are "derivative, if not subordinate" to the crown of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
no longer possesses any legislative power over any country besides itself, although some countries continue to use, by their own volition, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
as part of their own judiciary; usually as the highest court of appeal.

Since each realm has the same person as its monarch, the diplomatic practice of exchanging ambassadors with letters of credence and recall from one head of state to another is redundant. Diplomatic relations between the Commonwealth realms are thus at a cabinet level only and high commissioners are exchanged between realms (though all other countries in the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
also follow this same practice, but for traditional reasons). A high commissioner's full title will thus be _High Commissioner for Her Majesty's Government in _. For certain ceremonies, the order of precedence for the realms' high commissioners or national flags is set according to the chronological order of, first, when the country became a Dominion
Dominion
and then the date on which the country gained independence.

Conflicts of interest have arisen from this relationship amongst independent states, ranging from minor diplomatic matters—such as the monarch expressing on the advice of one of her cabinets views that counter those of another of her cabinets —to more serious conflicts regarding matters of armed conflict, wherein the monarch, as head of state of two different realms, may be simultaneously at war and at peace with a third country, or even at war with herself as head of two hostile nations. In such cases, viceroys have tended to avoid placing the sovereign directly in the centre of the conflict, meaning that a governor-general may have to take controversial actions entirely on his or her own initiative through the exercise of the reserve powers .

In recent years, advocates have argued for free movement of citizens among a subset of the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, which they argue "share the same head of state, the same native language, the same respect for the common law." Opinion on the prospect of the plan coming to fruition is mixed. British Eurosceptics (who wish for the UK to leave the European Union
European Union
) have expressed a preference for a relationship "similar in nature and goals to the EU" between the same four countries: the CANZUK Union. —though this possibility has also been characterised as "difficult and in some ways far-fetched".

THE CROWN IN THE COMMONWEALTH REALMS

The evolution of the Commonwealth realms has resulted in the Crown having both a shared and a separate character, with the one individual being equally monarch of each state and acting as such in right of a particular realm as a distinct legal person guided only by the advice of the cabinet of that jurisdiction. This means that in different contexts the term _Crown_ may refer to the extra-national institution associating all 16 countries, or to the Crown in each realm considered separately. However, though the monarchy is therefore no longer an exclusively British institution, having become "domesticated" in each of the realms, it may in the media and legal fields often still be elaborated as the _British Crown_ for reasons historical, of convenience, or political, regardless of the different, specific, and official national titles and terms used when addressing the Queen of the citizenry in each jurisdiction. For example, in Barbados
Barbados
the Queen is titled as _Elizabeth II, Queen of Barbados_, or simply the _Queen of Barbados_, with her full title making mention of her position as queen of the other Commonwealth realms.

From a cultural standpoint, the sovereign's name and image and other royal symbols unique to each nation are visible in the emblems and insignia of governmental institutions and militia. The Queen's effigy, for example, appears on coins and banknotes in some countries, and an oath of allegiance to the Queen is usually required from politicians, judges, military members and new citizens. By 1959, it was being asserted by Buckingham Palace officials that the Queen was "equally at home in all her realms."

ROYAL SUCCESSION AND REGENCY

Charles, Prince of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales
(left), heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth II; his elder son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (centre), the second in the line of succession; and Charles' second son, Prince Henry of Wales (right), third in line at the time of the photograph (2006) (now fifth)

To guarantee the continuity of multiple states sharing the same person as monarch, the preamble of the Statute of Westminster 1931 laid out a convention that any alteration to the line of succession in any one country must be voluntarily approved by the parliaments of all the realms. This convention was first applied to the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936. For expediency and to avoid embarrassment, the British government had suggested that the Dominion
Dominion
governments automatically regard the monarch of the UK, whoever this may be, as their monarch also. But the Dominions rejected this: Prime Minister of Canada
Canada
William Lyon Mackenzie King
William Lyon Mackenzie King
pointed out that the Statute of Westminster required Canada's request and consent to any legislation passed by the British parliament before it could become part of Canada's laws and affect the line of succession in Canada. Sir Maurice Gwyer, first parliamentary counsel in the UK, reflected this position, stating that the Act of Settlement was a part of the law in each Dominion. Though today the Statute of Westminster is law only in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, the convention of approval from the other realms was reasserted by the Perth Agreement
Perth Agreement
of 2011, in which all 16 countries agreed in principle to change the succession rule to absolute primogeniture , to remove the restriction on the monarch being married to a Catholic, and to reduce the number of members of the Royal Family who need the monarch's permission to marry. These changes came into effect on 26 March 2015. Alternatively, a Commonwealth realm
Commonwealth realm
may choose to cease being such by making its throne the inheritance of a different royal house or by becoming a republic, actions to which, though they alter the country's royal succession, the convention does not apply.

Agreement among the realms does not, however, mean the succession laws cannot diverge. During the abdication crisis in 1936, the United Kingdom passed His Majesty\'s Declaration of Abdication Act with the approval of the parliament of Australia
Australia
and the governments of the remaining Dominions. (Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa
Africa
gave parliamentary assent later. ) The Act effected Edward's abdication in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
on 11 December; as the Canadian government had requested and consented to the Act becoming part of Canadian law, and Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
had then not yet adopted the Statute of Westminster, the abdication took place in those countries on the same day. The parliament of South Africa, however, passed its own legislation—His Majesty King Edward the Eighth\'s Abdication Act, 1937 —which backdated the abdication there to 10 December. The Irish Free State recognised the king's abdication with the Executive Authority (External Relations) Act 1936 on 12 December. According to Anne Twomey, this demonstrated "the divisibility of the Crown in the personal, as well as the political, sense." For E H Coghill, writing as early as 1937, it proved that the convention of a common line of succession "is not of imperative force". and Kenneth John Scott asserted in 1962 that it ended the "convention that statutory uniformity on these subjects would be maintained in the parts of the Commonwealth that continued to owe allegiance to the Crown".

Today, some realms govern succession by their own domestic laws, while others, either by written clauses in their constitution or by convention, stipulate that whoever is monarch of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
is automatically also monarch of that realm. It is generally agreed that any unilateral alteration of succession by the UK would not have effect in all the realms.

Following the accession of George VI
George VI
to the throne, the United Kingdom created legislation that provided for a regency in the event that the monarch was not of age or incapacitated. Though input was sought from the Dominions on this matter, all declined to make themselves bound by the British legislation, feeling instead that the governors-general could carry out royal functions in place of a debilitated or underage sovereign; some realms that were later created incorporated this principle into their constitutions. New Zealand included in its Constitution Act 1986
Constitution Act 1986
a clause specifying that, should a regent be installed in the United Kingdom, that individual would carry out the functions of the monarch of New Zealand.

MONARCH\'S ROLE IN THE REALMS

The monarch holds the highest position in each Commonwealth realm
Commonwealth realm
and may perform such functions as issuing executive orders , commanding the military forces, and creating and administering laws. However, each country now operates under the Westminster system
Westminster system
of parliamentary democracy and the concept of responsible government , meaning that the monarch exercises her powers only on the advice of her Crown ministers , who are usually drawn from, and thus responsible to, the elected chamber of the relevant parliament . In some realms, such as Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
, these conventions are codified in constitutional law. King George VI
George VI
, with Queen Elizabeth , grants Royal Assent
Royal Assent
to bills in the Senate of Canada
Canada
, 1939

The sovereign resides predominantly in her oldest realm, the United Kingdom, and thus carries out her duties there mostly in person. The Queen appoints viceroys to perform most of the royal constitutional and ceremonial duties on her behalf in the other realms: in each, a governor-general as her personal national representative, as well as a governor as her representative in each of the Australian states . These appointments are all made on the advice of the prime minister of the country or the premier of the state concerned, though this process may have additional requirements. In certain other cases, the extent of which varies from realm to realm, specific additional powers are reserved exclusively for the monarch—such as the appointment of extra senators to the Canadian Senate , the creation of honours , or the issuance of letters patent —and on occasions of national importance, the Queen may be advised to perform in person her constitutional duties, such as granting Royal Assent
Royal Assent
or issuing a royal proclamation . Otherwise, all royal powers, including the Royal Prerogative , are carried out on behalf of the sovereign by the relevant viceroy, who, apart from those already mentioned, include a lieutenant governor in each province of Canada
Canada
(appointed by the Governor General of Canada
Canada
). In the United Kingdom, the Queen appoints Counsellors of State to perform her constitutional duties in her absence.

Similarly, the monarch will perform ceremonial duties in the Commonwealth realms to mark historically significant events. He or she does so most frequently in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and, in the other countries, during tours at least once every five or six years , meaning the Queen is present in a number of her dominions outside the UK, or acting on behalf of those realms abroad, approximately every other year. For this work, the sovereign receives no salary from any state; instead, only the expenses incurred for each event (security, transportation, venue, etc.) are, due to the nature of the Crown in the realms, funded by the relevant state individually through the ordinary legislative budgeting process and, if called for, by the organisation that invited the sovereign's attendance. These engagements are organised in order for the Crown to honour, encourage, and learn about the achievements or endeavours of individuals, institutions, and enterprises in a variety of areas of the lives of the Queen's subjects.

Citizens in Commonwealth realms may request birthday or wedding anniversary messages to be sent from the sovereign. This is available for 100th, 105th, and beyond for birthdays; and 60th ("Diamond"), 65th, 70th ("Platinum"), and beyond for wedding anniversaries.

RELIGIOUS ROLE OF THE MONARCH

The sovereign's religious role differs from country to country. In all realms except Papua New Guinea, the Queen is sovereign "by the Grace of God ", a phrase that forms a part of her official title within those states. In Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand, "Defender of the Faith" (in Latin: _fidei defensor _)—the ancient phrase first granted in 1521 by Pope Leo X
Pope Leo X
to King Henry VIII
King Henry VIII
—is also included as a part of the royal title and the sovereign is anointed as such in the only coronation that takes place in any of the realms, a ceremony in the context of a church service imbued with theological and constitutional symbolism and meaning, held at Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
in London
London
, United Kingdom.

However, it is solely in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
that the Queen actually plays a role in organised religion. In England
England
, she acts as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England
England
and appoints its bishops and archbishops who thereafter act as her Lords Spiritual
Lords Spiritual
. In Scotland
Scotland
, she swears an oath to uphold and protect the Church of Scotland
Scotland
and sends to meetings of the church\'s General Assembly a Lord High Commissioner as her representative, when she is not personally in attendance.

ROYAL FAMILY

ROYAL FAMILY OF THE COMMONWEALTH REALMS

* HM THE QUEEN HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

* HRH The Prince of Wales HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

* HRH The Duke of Cambridge HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

* HRH Prince George of Cambridge * HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

* HRH Prince Henry of Wales

* HRH The Duke of York

* HRH Princess Beatrice of York
Princess Beatrice of York
* HRH Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Eugenie of York

* HRH The Earl of Wessex HRH The Countess of Wessex * HRH The Princess Royal

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* HRH The Duke of Gloucester HRH The Duchess of Gloucester * HRH The Duke of Kent HRH The Duchess of Kent * HRH Prince Michael of Kent
Prince Michael of Kent
HRH Princess Michael of Kent * HRH Princess Alexandra

* v * t * e

As well as the sovereign, the Commonwealth realms share a single royal family. The family is frequently referred to informally as the _ British Royal Family
British Royal Family
_, sometimes in conflict with official national titles, such as those in Canada
Canada
. Though there is no strict legal or formal definition of who is or is not a member of the Royal Family, the group is loosely defined as the extended family of the monarch, and these persons constitute the apex of a modern royal court .

These persons, either as representatives of the monarch or as part of their own charitable endeavours, perform public duties at hundreds of events throughout the 16 realms each year, funded in the same way as the monarch's similar execution of his or her ceremonial role. Their work, which is all formally recorded in the Court Circular, draws public attention to amicable relations within and between the nations of the Commonwealth and beyond; the members of the Royal Family draw enormous media coverage in the form of photographic, written, and televised commentary on not only their activities and public roles, but also family relationships, rites of passage , personalities, attire, and behaviour.

FLAGS

The Royal Standard
Royal Standard
of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
, in Canada
Canada
The Royal Standard
Royal Standard
of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom

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Some members of the royal family have different heraldic standards for use in the appropriate realm

The Queen employs various royal standards to mark her presence, the particular one used depending on which realm she is in or acting on behalf of at the time. There are currently unique flags for Australia , Barbados
Barbados
, Canada
Canada
, Jamaica
Jamaica
, New Zealand
New Zealand
, and two variations for the United Kingdom—one for Scotland
Scotland
and another for the rest of the country . All are heraldic banners displaying the shield of the sovereign's coat of arms for that state, and each, save for those of the UK, are defaced in the centre with the Queen\'s Personal Flag , a crowned _E_ for _Elizabeth_ surrounded by a garland of roses representing the countries of the Commonwealth. This latter flag on its own is used for realms that do not have a unique personal standard for the monarch, as well as for general use in representing the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth
Head of the Commonwealth
. The monarch previously held royal standards for Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
, Mauritius
Mauritius
, Malta
Malta
, and Trinidad and Tobago , but these banners became obsolete when the countries became republics .

Other members of the Royal Family have their own personal standards. In the United Kingdom, most have their own distinctive banner or banners . The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal, Duke of York, and Earl of Wessex also have one each for Canada
Canada
, and the remaining members of the Royal Family use a specific ermine-bordered banner of the Canadian royal arms. Those who do not possess a standard for an individual realm other than the UK will use their British standard to identify themselves when touring other Commonwealth realms and foreign countries.

The governors-general throughout the Commonwealth realms also each use a personal flag, which, like that of the sovereign, passes to each successive occupant of the office. Most feature a lion passant atop a St. Edward\'s royal crown with the name of the country across a scroll underneath, all on a blue background. The two exceptions are those of, since 1981, Canada
Canada
(bearing on a blue background the crest of the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada
Canada
) and, since 2008, New Zealand
New Zealand
(a St. Edward's Crown above the shield of the Coat of Arms of New Zealand
New Zealand
). The lieutenant governors of the Canadian provinces each have their own personal standards , as do the governors of the Australian states .

HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT

DOMINIONS EMERGE

The possibility that a colony within the British Empire
British Empire
might become a new kingdom was first mooted in the 1860s, when it was proposed that the British North American territories of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
, New Brunswick , and the Province of Canada
Canada
unite as a confederation that might be known as the _Kingdom of Canada_. In light of geo-political circumstances at the time, however, the name was abandoned in favour of the _ Dominion
Dominion
of Canada
Canada
_. As more British colonies followed Canada
Canada
in gaining legislative independence from the United Kingdom, Prime Minister of Canada
Canada
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Wilfrid Laurier
insisted at the 1907 Imperial Conference
Imperial Conference
that a formula be created to differentiate between the Crown and the self-governing colonies . For the latter the Canadian precedent was followed, and the term _ Dominion
Dominion
_ was extended to apply to Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland , and the colonies of the Cape , Natal , and Transvaal , before and after they merged in 1910 with the Orange River Colony
Orange River Colony
to form the Union of South Africa
Union of South Africa
. These countries were joined by the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
in December 1922. _ William Orpen
William Orpen
's The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors_: a compiled portrait of the main delegates to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles , including some of the Dominion
Dominion
delegates King George V
George V
with his prime ministers at the Imperial Conference
Imperial Conference
of 1926

Although the Dominions were capable of governing themselves internally, they technically remained—especially in regard to foreign policy and defence—subject to British authority, wherein the governor-general of each Dominion
Dominion
represented the British monarch -in-Council reigning over these territories as a single imperial domain. It was commonly held in some circles that the Crown was a monolithic element throughout all the monarch's territories; A.H. Lefroy wrote in 1918 that "the Crown is to be considered as one and indivisible throughout the Empire; and cannot be severed into as many kingships as there are Dominions, and self-governing colonies." This unitary model began to erode, however, when the Dominions gained more international prominence as a result of their participation and sacrifice in the First World War
First World War
, in 1919 prompting Canadian prime minister Sir Robert Bordenand South African minister of defence Jan Smuts to demand that the Dominions be given at the Versailles Conference full recognition as "autonomous nations of an Imperial Commonwealth." The immediate result was that, though the King signed as High Contracting Party for the empire as a whole, the Dominions were also separate signatories to the Treaty of Versailles
Treaty of Versailles
, as well as, together with India
India
, founding members of the League of Nations
League of Nations
. In 1921 the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
David Lloyd George stated that the "British Dominions have now been accepted fully into the community of nations."

BETWEEN THE WARS

The pace of independence increased in the 1920s, led by Canada, which exchanged envoys with the United States
United States
in 1920 and concluded the Halibut Fisheries Treaty in its own right in 1923. In the Chanak crisis of 1922, the Canadian government insisted that its course of action would be determined by the Canadian parliament, not the British government, and, by 1925, the Dominions felt confident enough to refuse to be bound by Britain's adherence to the Treaty of Locarno . These developments, combined with a realisation that the Crown was already operating distinctly and separately within each of the jurisdictions of the Canadian provinces and Australian states, appeared to put to rest previous assertions that the Crown could never be divided amongst the Dominions.

Another catalyst for change came in 1926, when Field Marshal the Lord Byng of Vimy , then Governor General of Canada
Canada
, refused the advice of his prime minister ( William Lyon Mackenzie King
William Lyon Mackenzie King
) in what came to be known colloquially as the King–Byng Affair. Mackenzie King, after resigning and then being reappointed as prime minister some months later, pushed at the Imperial Conference
Imperial Conference
of 1926 for a reorganisation of the way the Dominions related to the British government, resulting in the Balfour Declaration , which declared formally that the Dominions were fully autonomous and equal in status to the United Kingdom. What this meant in practice was not at the time worked out; conflicting views existed, some in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
not wishing to see a fracturing of the sacred unity of the Crown throughout the empire, and some in the Dominions not wishing to see their jurisdiction have to take on the full brunt of diplomatic and military responsibilities.

What did follow was that the Dominion
Dominion
governments gained an equal status with the United Kingdom, a separate and direct relationship with the monarch, without the British Cabinet acting as an intermediary, and the governors-general now acted solely as a personal representative of the sovereign in right of that Dominion. Though no formal mechanism for tendering advice to the monarch had yet been established—former Prime Minister of Australia
Australia
William Morris Hughes theorised that the Dominion
Dominion
cabinets would provide informal direction and the British Cabinet would offer formal advice —the concepts were first put into legal practice with the passage in 1927 of the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act , which implicitly recognised the Irish Free State as separate from the UK, and the King as king _of_ each Dominion
Dominion
uniquely, rather than as the British king _in_ each Dominion. At the same time, terminology in foreign relations was altered to demonstrate the independent status of the Dominions, such as the dropping of the term "Britannic" from the King's style outside of the United Kingdom. Then, in 1930 George V's Australian ministers employed a practice adopted by resolution at that year's Imperial Conference, directly advising the King to appoint Sir Isaac Isaacs
Isaac Isaacs
as his Australian governor-general , against the preferences of the British government and the King himself.

Statute Of Westminster

Main article: Statute of Westminster 1931
Statute of Westminster 1931

These new developments were explicitly codified in 1931 with the passage of the Statute of Westminster, through which Canada, the Union of South Africa, and the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
all immediately obtained formal legislative independence from the UK, while in the other Dominions adoption of the statute was subject to ratification by the Dominion's parliament. Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
did so in 1942 and 1947, respectively, with the former's ratification back-dated to 1939, while Newfoundland never ratified the bill and reverted to direct British rule in 1934. As a result, the parliament at Westminster was unable to legislate for any Dominion
Dominion
unless requested to do so, although the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
was left available as the last court of appeal for some Dominions. Specific attention was given in the statute's preamble to royal succession, outlining that no changes to that line could be made by the parliament of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
or that of any Dominion
Dominion
without the assent of all the other parliaments of the UK and Dominions, an arrangement a justice of the Ontario Superior Court in 2003 likened to "a treaty among the Commonwealth countries to share the monarchy under the existing rules and not to change the rules without the agreement of all signatories." Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson on holiday in the Mediterranean, 1936 The prime ministers of five Commonwealth countries at the 1944 Commonwealth Prime Ministers\' Conference ; from left to right: William Lyon Mackenzie King
William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Canada), Jan Smuts
Jan Smuts
(South Africa), Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
(United Kingdom), Peter Fraser (New Zealand), and John Curtin
John Curtin
(Australia)

This was all met with only minor trepidation, either before or at the time, and the government of Ireland was confident that the relationship of these independent countries under the Crown would function as a personal union , akin to that which had earlier existed between the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Hanover
Hanover
(1801 to 1837), or between England
England
and Scotland
Scotland
(1603 to 1707). Its first test came, though, with the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, for which it was necessary to gain the consent of the governments of all the Dominions and the request and consent of the Canadian government, as well as separate legislation in South Africa
Africa
and the Irish Free State, before the resignation could take place across the Commonwealth.

The civil division of the Court of Appeal of England
England
and Wales later found in 1982 that the British parliament could have legislated for a Dominion
Dominion
simply by including in any new law a clause claiming the Dominion
Dominion
cabinet had requested and approved of the act, whether that was true or not. Further, the British parliament was not obliged to fulfil a Dominion's request for legislative change. Regardless, in 1935 the British parliament refused to consider the result of the Western Australian secession referendum of 1933 without the approval of the Australian federal parliament. In 1937, the Appeal Division of the Supreme Court of South Africaruled unanimously that a repeal of the Statute of Westminster in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
would have no effect in South Africa, stating: "We cannot take this argument seriously. Freedom once conferred cannot be revoked." Others in Canada
Canada
upheld the same position.

Independent Dominions

At the 1932 British Empire
British Empire
Economic Conference , delegates from the United Kingdom, led by Stanley Baldwin
Stanley Baldwin
(then Lord President of the Council ), hoped to establish a system of free trade within the British Commonwealth, to promote unity within the British Empire
British Empire
and to assure Britain's position as a world power. The idea was controversial, as it pitted proponents of imperial trade with those who sought a general policy of trade liberalisation with all nations. The Dominions, particularly Canada, were also adamantly against dispensing with their import tariffs, which "dispelled any romantic notions of a 'United Empire'." The meeting, however, did produce a five year trade agreement based upon a policy, first conceived in the 1900s, of Imperial Preference: the countries retained their import tariffs, but lowered these for other Commonwealth countries.

During his tenure as Governor General of Canada, Lord Tweedsmuir urged the organisation of a royal tour of the country by King George VI, so that he might not only appear in person before his people, but also personally perform constitutional duties and pay a state visit to the United States
United States
as king of Canada
Canada
. While the idea was embraced in Canada
Canada
as a way to "translate the Statute of Westminster into the actualities of a tour," throughout the planning of the trip that took place in 1939, the British authorities resisted at numerous points the idea that the King be attended by his Canadian ministers instead of his British ones. The Canadian prime minister (still Mackenzie King) was ultimately successful, however, in being the minister in attendance, and the King did in public throughout the trip ultimately act solely in his capacity as the Canadian monarch. The status of the Crown was bolstered by Canada's reception of George VI.

When World War II
World War II
began, there was some uncertainty in the Dominions about the ramifications of Britain's declaration of war against Adolf Hitler . Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
had not yet ratified the Statute of Westminster; the Australian prime minister, Robert Menzies, considered the government bound by the British declaration of war, while New Zealand
New Zealand
coordinated a declaration of war to be made simultaneously with Britain's. As late as 1937, some scholars were still of the mind that, when it came to declarations of war, if the King signed, he did so as king of the empire as a whole; at that time, W. Kennedy wrote: "in the final test of sovereignty—that of war— Canada
Canada
is not a sovereign state... and it remains as true in 1937 as it was in 1914 that when the Crown is at war, Canada
Canada
is legally at war," and, one year later, Arthur Berriedale Keithargued that "issues of war or neutrality still are decided on the final authority of the British Cabinet." In 1939, however, Canada
Canada
and South Africa
Africa
made separate proclamations of war against Germany a few days after the UK's. Their example was followed more consistently by the other realms as further war was declared against Italy
Italy
, Romania
Romania
, Hungary
Hungary
, Finland
Finland
, and Japan
Japan
. Éire(the independent Irish state) remained neutral. At the war's end, it was said by F.R. Scott that "it is firmly established as a basic constitutional principle that, so far as relates to Canada, the King is regulated by Canadian law and must act only on the advice and responsibility of Canadian ministers."

POST-WAR EVOLUTION

Within three years following the end of the Second World War, India
India
, Pakistan
Pakistan
, and Ceylon became independent realms within the Commonwealth (then still called _Dominions_), though it was made clear at the time that India
India
would soon move to a republican form of government. Unlike the Republic
Republic
of Ireland and Burma
Burma
at the time of their becoming republics, however, there was no desire on the part of India
India
to give up its membership in the British Commonwealth, prompting a Commonwealth Conference and the issuance of the London
London
Declaration in April 1949, which entrenched the idea of Canadian prime minister Louis St. Laurent
Louis St. Laurent
that different royal houses and republics be allowed in the Commonwealth so long as they recognised as the international organisation\'s symbolic head the shared sovereign of the United Kingdom and the Dominions. Shortly before the London
London
Declaration, Newfoundland , which had remained a Dominion
Dominion
in name only, had become a province of Canada.

At approximately the same time, the tabling in 1946 of the Canadian parliament's Canadian Citizenship Act had brought into question the homogeneity of the King's subjects, which, prior to that year, was uniformly defined in terms of allegiance to the sovereign, without regard to the individual's country of residence. Following negotiations, it was decided in 1947 that each Commonwealth member was free to pass its own citizenship legislation, so that its citizens owed allegiance only to the monarch in right of that country.

As these constitutional developments were taking place, the Dominion and British governments became increasingly concerned with how to represent the more commonly accepted notion that there was no distinction between the sovereign's role in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and his or her position in any of the Dominions. Thus, at the 1948 Prime Ministers' Conference the term _Dominion_ was avoided in favour of _Commonwealth country_, in order to avoid the subordination implied by the older designation.

FROM THE ACCESSION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II

With the British proclamation of Elizabeth II\'s accession to the throne in 1952, the phrases _Commonwealth realm_ and _Head of the Commonwealth_ became established, deriving from the words that declared the monarch as "of this Realm, and of her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth." Previously, the term _realm_ in its singular form was understood to refer to the entire British Empire, rather than a "separate kingdom" under a shared crown. Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
in 1953

The Commonwealth realms' prime ministers thereafter discussed the matter of the new monarch's title, with St. Laurent stating at the 1953 Commonwealth Conference that it was important to agree on a format that would "emphasise the fact that the Queen is Queen of Canada, regardless of her sovereignty over other Commonwealth countries." The result was a new Royal Style and Titles Actbeing passed in each of the seven realms then existing (excluding Pakistan ), which all identically gave formal recognition to the separateness and equality of the countries involved, and replaced the phrase "British Dominions Beyond the Seas" with "Her Other Realms and Territories", the latter using the medieval French word _realm_ (from _royaume_) in place of _dominion_. Further, at her coronation, Elizabeth II's oath contained a provision requiring her to promise to govern according to the rules and customs of the realms, naming each one separately. The change in perspective was summed up by Patrick Gordon Walker 's statement in the British House of Commons : "We in this country have to abandon... any sense of property in the Crown. The Queen, now, clearly, explicitly and according to title, belongs equally to all her realms and to the Commonwealth as a whole."

In the same period, Walker also suggested to the British parliament that the Queen should annually spend an equal amount of time in each of her realms. Lord Altrincham , who in 1957 criticised Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
for having a court that encompassed mostly Britain and not the Commonwealth as a whole, was in favour of the idea, but it did not attract wide support. Another thought raised was that viceregal appointments should become trans-Commonwealth; the Governor-General
Governor-General
of Australia
Australia
would be someone from South Africa, the Governor-General
Governor-General
of Ceylon would come from New Zealand, and so on. The prime ministers of Canada
Canada
and Australia, John Diefenbakerand Robert Menzies , respectively, were sympathetic to the concept, but, again, it was never put into practice.

The principle of complete separation and equality was followed in all future grants of independence to countries which became realms, including those that came through the _winds of change _ that swept through Africa
Africa
in the 1960s, the collapse of the Federation of the West Indies in 1962, and at later dates. The most recently created Commonwealth realm
Commonwealth realm
is Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis
, which achieved the status in 1983. The process of separation was completed when the residual rights of the British parliament in the affairs of Canada, Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
reserved by the Statute of Westminster were repealed in the 1980s, through the Constitution Act 1982 for Canada, the Australia
Australia
Act 1986 and the Constitution Act 1986
Constitution Act 1986
for New Zealand, and corresponding legislation in Britain.

Within a few years of gaining independence, the African realms drafted new constitutions in order to become republics within the Commonwealth; South Africa, having been a Dominion
Dominion
and then a realm for 51 years, also became a republic in 1961. The white minority government of Rhodesia
Rhodesia
in 1965 issued its unilateral declaration of independence , and its members affirmed their loyalty to Elizabeth II as "Queen of Rhodesia", a title to which she had not consented, did not accept, and was not recognised internationally. Her representative in the colony, Sir Humphrey Gibbs, immediately dismissed his prime minister, Ian Smith
Ian Smith
, but this action was ignored by Smith and he appointed, without the Queen's consent, an officer administering the government to perform the governor's constitutional duties until 1970, when Smith's government declared Rhodesia
Rhodesia
a republic.

Several non-African realms have also become republics within the Commonwealth, starting with India
India
in 1950 and Pakistan
Pakistan
in 1956. The most recent change is Mauritius, which became a republic in 1992. In a number of Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom, movements have emerged advocating a republican government in place of constitutional monarchy ; they were, and continue to be, countered by monarchist leagues that support the existing system and/or celebrate the historical and modern connections the common monarchy provides. Unsuccessful referenda on proposed models of republics have taken place in Australia, Tuvalu, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

On 6 July 2010, Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
addressed the United Nations
United Nations
in New York City
New York City
as queen of all 16 Commonwealth realms. The following year, Portia Simpson-Miller
Portia Simpson-Miller
, the Prime Minister of Jamaica
Jamaica
, spoke of a desire to make that country a republic, while Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland
Scotland
and leader of the Scottish National Party (which favours Scottish independence
Scottish independence
), stated an independent Scotland "would still share a monarchy with... the UK, just as... 16 other Commonwealth countries do now." Dennis Canavan, leader of Yes Scotland
Scotland
, disagreed and said a separate, post-independence referendum should be held on the matter.

Following the Perth Agreement
Perth Agreement
of 2011, the Commonwealth realms, in accordance with convention, together engaged in a process of amending the common line of succession according to each country's constitution, to ensure the order would continue to be identical in every realm. In legislative debates in the United Kingdom, the term _Commonwealth realm_ was employed.

FORMER COMMONWEALTH REALMS

LIST OF STATES

COUNTRY FROM TO INITIAL POST-TRANSITION SYSTEM METHOD OF TRANSITION ROYAL STANDARD

_ Ceylon 1948 1972 Parliamentary republic New constitution

Fiji
Fiji
1970 1987 Parliamentary republic Military coup

The Gambia
The Gambia
1965 1970 Presidential republic Referendum

Ghana
Ghana
1957 1960 Presidential republic Referendum

Guyana
Guyana
1966 1970 Parliamentary republic Constitutional amendment

India
India
1947 1950 Parliamentary republic New constitution

Irish Free State
Irish Free State
/ Ireland 1931 1949 Parliamentary republic Act of parliament

Kenya
Kenya
1963 1964 Presidential republic Constitutional amendment

Malawi
Malawi
1964 1966 One-party republic New constitution

Malta
Malta
1964 1974 Parliamentary republic Constitutional amendment

Mauritius
Mauritius
1968 1992 Parliamentary republic Constitutional amendment

Nigeria
Nigeria
1960 1963 Parliamentary republic Constitutional amendment

Pakistan
Pakistan
1947 1956 Parliamentary republic New constitution

Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
1961 1971 Presidential republic New constitution

South Africa
Africa
1931 1961 Parliamentary republic Referendum and new constitution

Tanganyika
Tanganyika
1961 1962 Presidential republic New constitution

Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
1962 1976 Parliamentary republic New constitution

Uganda
Uganda
1962 1963 Parliamentary republic Constitutional amendment

* ^ The flags shown are the national flags of each country at the time it became a Commonwealth realm. * ^ Since 1972 called Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
. The Ceylonese flag changed in 1951. * ^ A_ _B_ Part of the group of independent countries within the British Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
that shared the same person as their reigning monarch, but only ever designated as _Dominions_, each becoming a republic or joining another sovereign state before the term _Commonwealth realms_ began to be used. * ^ See also: Irish head of state from 1936 to 1949. * ^ Now a part of Tanzania
Tanzania
.

In addition to the states listed above, the Dominion
Dominion
of Newfoundland was a dominion when the Statute of Westminster 1931
Statute of Westminster 1931
was given royal assent but effectively lost that status in 1934, without ever have assented to the Statute of Westminster, and before the term Commonwealth realm
Commonwealth realm
ever came into use. Due to a domestic financial and political crisis, the Newfoundland legislature petitioned the UK to suspend Dominion
Dominion
status, the UK parliament passed the _Newfoundland Act 1933_, and direct rule was implemented in 1934. Rather than reclaiming dominion status after World War II, it became a province of Canada
Canada
in 1949.

REPUBLICAN REFERENDUMS

A number of Commonwealth realms have held referendums to consider whether they should become republics. As of January 2017, of the eight referendums held, only three have been successful: in Ghana
Ghana
, in South Africa
Africa
and the second referendum in Gambia
Gambia
. Referendums which rejected the proposal were held in Australia
Australia
, twice in Tuvalu
Tuvalu
, and in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
. There are currently no planned referendums, but interest in holding a second referendum was expressed in Australia
Australia
in 2010.

YEAR HELD COUNTRY YES NO MARGIN OF VICTORY (%) REPUBLIC

1937 Irish Free State
Irish Free State
685,105 (56.52%) 526,945 (43.48%) 158,160 (13%)

1960 Ghana
Ghana
1,008,740 (88.49%) 131,145 (11.51%) 877,595 (77%)

1960 Union of South Africa
Union of South Africa
850,458 (52.29%) 775,878 (47.71%) 74,580 (5%)

1965 The Gambia
The Gambia
61,563 (65.85%) 31,921 (34.15%) N/A1

1970 The Gambia
The Gambia
84,968 (70.45%) 35,638 (29.55%) 49,330 (41%)

1986 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
121 (5.34%) 2,144 (94.66%) 2,023 (89%)

1999 Australia
Australia
5,273,024 (45.13%) 6,410,787 (54.87%) 1,137,763 (10%)

2008 Tuvalu
Tuvalu
679 (35.02%) 1,260 (64.98%) 581 (30%)

2009 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
22,646 (43.71%) 29,167 (55.29%) 6,521 (12%)

Notes

* ^ In this referendum the "yes" votes failed to reach the required two-thirds (66%) total, therefore the proposal was rejected.

SEE ALSO

* Commonwealth realms portal

* States headed by Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
* Member states of the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
* Commonwealth Family * Imperial Federation * British Empire
British Empire

NOTES

* ^ F.R. Scott stated: "The common kinship within the British group today establishes a form of personal union, the members of which are legally capable of following different international policies even in time of war." * ^ W.Y Elliott stated: If a personal union be chosen, the Crown will be forced to act on the king's own discretion since personal discretion is a modern monarch is unthinkable, the only alternative would be a league of states with a common but symbolic crown", and Alexander N. Sack stated: "Whatever the future development of the British Commonwealth may be can be described as a that of associations or unions of States, as distinguished from 'personal' unions, on the one hand, and federal States, on the other. * ^ J. D. B. Miller stated:he survey concludes with an attempt to classify the Commonwealth. It is no longer a federation, nor a military alliance, nor a personal union. * ^ During a British state visit to Jordan
Jordan
in 1984, Queen Elizabeth II made a speech expressing opinions of her British Cabinet that countered the views of her Australian Cabinet , though the Queen was evidently not representing Australia
Australia
at that time. Similarly, Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
undertook a visit to Latin America
Latin America
to promote British goods at the same time a Canadian ministerial trip was underway in the same region in order to promote Canadian products.

* ^ On 3 September 1939, the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
declared war on Nazi Germany , but it was only on 6 September that, under the articles of the Statute of Westminster, the Union of South Africa
Union of South Africa
did same, followed by Canada
Canada
on 10 September. Therefore, from 3 to 10 September, King George VI
George VI
, as king of the United Kingdom, South Africa
Africa
and Canada, was both at war and at peace with Germany. Similarly, as he was still technically monarch of Ireland , it was George VI's duty to validate the credentials of the German consul to Ireland, which remained neutral throughout the war . A more extreme example was the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
, in which George VI, as head of state of both warring nations, was, in a legal sense, at war with himself. Similarly, in 1983 Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
was monarch of Grenada
Grenada
when her governor-general there requested the invasion of the country by a number of other Caribbean
Caribbean
states, including some that were also realms of the Queen; an undertaking that was opposed by a number of Elizabeth's other governments, such as those of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Belize
Belize
. * ^ In the example of the 1983 invasion of Grenada, the Governor-General, Sir Paul Scoon , invited the intervention of foreign troops deliberately without ever having informed the Queen. Also, when Sir John Kerr dismissed the Australian government in 1975, he did not inform the Queen of his intent to do so. * ^ One Canadian constitutional scholar, Dr. Richard Toporoski, stated on this: "I am perfectly prepared to concede, even happily affirm, that the British Crown no longer exists in Canada, but that is because legal reality indicates to me that in one sense, the British Crown no longer exists in Britain: the Crown transcends Britain just as much as it does Canada. One can therefore speak of 'the British Crown' or 'the Canadian Crown' or indeed the 'Barbadian' or 'Tuvaluan' Crown, but what one will mean by the term is the Crown acting or expressing itself within the context of that particular jurisdiction".

* ^ See Sue v Hill. * ^ Noel Cox stated: "Any alteration by the United Kingdom Parliament
Parliament
in the law touching the succession to the throne would, except perhaps in the case of Papua New Guinea, be ineffective to alter the succession to the throne in respect of, and in accordance with the law of, any other independent member of the Commonwealth which was within the Queen's realms at the time of such alteration. Therefore it is more than mere constitutional convention that requires that the assent of the Parliament
Parliament
of each member of the Commonwealth within the Queen's realms be obtained in respect of any such alteration in the law." Richard Toporoski similarly stated: "f, let us say, an alteration were to be made in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
to the Act of Settlement 1701, providing for the succession of the Crown. It is my opinion that the domestic constitutional law of Australia
Australia
or Papua New Guinea, for example, would provide for the succession in those countries of the same person who became Sovereign of the United Kingdom ... If the British law were to be changed and we did not change our law ... the Crown would be divided. The person provided for in the new law would become king or queen in at least some realms of the Commonwealth; Canada
Canada
would continue on with the person who would have become monarch under the previous law ... * ^ In the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
and Tuvalu
Tuvalu
, the prime minister must consult the legislature in confidence; in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
, the governor-general is nominated to the Queen by a parliamentary vote. * ^ The Colonial Officein London
London
opposed this potentially "premature" and "pretentious" reference for a new country, and were also wary of antagonising the United States
United States
, which had emerged from its Civil War as a formidable military power with unsettled grievances because of British support for the Confederate cause. See also: Name of Canada
Canada
§ Adoption of Dominion
Dominion
. * ^ The Australian and South African prime ministers, Billy Hughes and Louis Botha
Louis Botha
, stand first and second from the right; the Canadian delegate, Sir George Foster , stands fourth from left. The representatives of New Zealand
New Zealand
and Newfoundland are not shown. * ^ The figures in the photo are, back row, left to right: Walter Stanley Monroe , Prime Minister of Newfoundland; Gordon Coates, Prime Minister of New Zealand
New Zealand
; Stanley Bruce, Prime Minister of Australia
Australia
; James Hertzog , Prime Minister of South Africa
Africa
, and W.T. Cosgrave , President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State ; front row, left to right: Stanley Baldwin
Stanley Baldwin
, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
; the King; and William Lyon Mackenzie King
William Lyon Mackenzie King
, Prime Minister of Canada
Canada
. * ^ The Viscount Haldane said in 1919 that in Australia
Australia
the Crown "acts in self-governing States on the initiative and advice of its own ministers in these States." * ^ The ministers in attendance at the Imperial Conference
Imperial Conference
agreed that: "In our opinion it is an essential consequence of the equality of status existing among the members of the British Commonwealth of Nations that the Governor General of a Dominion
Dominion
is the representative of the Crown, holding in all essential respects the same position in relation to the administration of public affairs in the Dominion
Dominion
as is held by His Majesty the King in Great Britain, and that he is not the representative or agent of His Majesty's Government in Great Britain or of any Department of that Government". * ^ P.E. Corbett in 1940 questioned whether there were any existing terms that could be used to describe any or all of the "possessions of the British Crown," while Scottish constitutional lawyer Arthur Berriedale Keith warned before 1930 that "the suggestion that the King can act directly on the advice of Dominion
Dominion
Ministers is a constitutional monstrosity, which would be fatal to the security of the position of the Crown."

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