Monarchy of Pakistan
|Monarchy of Pakistan|
|Coat of Arms of Pakistan|
|Queen Elizabeth II of Pakistan|
|First monarch||King George VI|
|Last monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Official residence||Buckingham Palace,
|Monarchy started||15 August 1947|
|Monarchy ended||23 March 1956|
|Current pretender||Title abolished (stopped)|
The Monarchy of Pakistan was the form of government of the Dominion of Pakistan from 1947 to 1956. Under this system, Pakistan was an independent Commonwealth realm with a hereditary, constitutional monarch as the head of state. The monarch was the monarch of the United Kingdom, and was also shared with a number of other countries. The role of the monarch was defined under the Constitution. Most of the monarch's duties were carried out by the Governor-General of Pakistan.
The monarchy of Pakistan was created by the Indian Independence Act of 1947. This act, made by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, divided its British India into two new countries: India and Pakistan, each of which became an independent constitutional monarchy. Succession to the throne of Pakistan was, like that of the United Kingdom, governed by the Act of Settlement 1701.
Pakistan adopted a new constitution on 23 March 1956. This constitution abolished the monarchy, making Pakistan a republic in the Commonwealth of Nations. Pakistan left the Commonwealth in 1972, over the outright secession of East Pakistan province but rejoined in 1989.
List of Pakistani monarchs[change | change source]
|Portrait||Name||Birth||Death||Monarch From||Monarch Until||Relationship with predecessor|
|King George VI||14 December 1895||6 February 1952||15 August 1947||6 February 1952||None (position created by law)|
|Queen Elizabeth II||21 April 1926||—||6 February 1952||23 March 1956||Daughter of George VI|
List of Pakistani consorts[change | change source]
|Portrait||Name||Birth||Death||Consort From||Consort Until||Relationship with monarch|
|Queen Elizabeth||4 August 1900||30 March 2002||15 August 1947||6 February 1952||Wife of King George VI|
Duke of Edinburgh
|10 June 1921||—||6 February 1952||23 March 1956||Husband of Queen Elizabeth II|