Monarchy of Pakistan

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Monarchy of Pakistan
Former Monarchy
State emblem of Pakistan.svg
Coat of Arms of Pakistan
Queen Elizabeth II of Pakistan
First monarch King George VI
Last monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Style Majesty
Official residence Buckingham Palace,
United Kingdom
Appointer Hereditary
Monarchy started 14 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.[1] 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.jpg King George VI 14 December 1895 6 February 1952 14 August 1947 6 February 1952 None (position created by law)
Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg 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 Bowes Lyon in Coronation Robes by Sir Gerald Kelly.jpg Queen Elizabeth 4 August 1900 30 March 2002 14 August 1947 6 February 1952 Wife of King George VI
Prince Philip NASA cropped.jpg Prince Philip,
Duke of Edinburgh
10 June 1921 6 February 1952 23 March 1956 Husband of Queen Elizabeth II

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