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New Zealand Queen


New Zealand Queen

The nation of New Zealand is a Commonwealth region and a constitutional realm, and since the 6th of February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has been its ruling monarch.


Intrinsically, she is more of a figurehead, although she does maintain several abilities that are solely hers, as the Governor-General is oftentimes referred to as the real head of state.

The Queen’s official title in New Zealand is “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”.


The New Zealand kingdom is made up of New Zealand, the Ross Dependency and Tokelau, and the autonomous states Niue and the Cook Islands.


Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Elizabeth II, is the nation’s heir apparent.


New Zealand shares the same monarchy with 54 other independent sovereign countries that are affiliated with the Commonwealth of Nations which had once been called the British Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth of Nations is an association of largely onetime British colonies or its dependencies (except Mozambique and the United Kingdom itself). 16 of these nations are Commonwealth states that acknowledge the same monarch, individually, as their chief of state.


The present conventional title of the Queen is Queen Elizabeth II. This applies to every one of her Commonwealth Realms, but in general is looked upon as Queen of New Zealand only if she is actually within New Zealand or whenever she performs responsibilities applicable to New Zealand, on the proposal of her ministers in New Zealand. Some such instances are when she confers New Zealand royal awards while in the UK.
The majority of the domestic duties of New Zealand's sovereign are executed by New Zealand’s Governor-General. There are a number of tasks which only the sovereign must perform. One such duty is the signing of the Letters patent naming the Governor-General. Nevertheless, from time to time the monarch must in person intervene directly in affairs concerning parties (this has yet to occur in New Zealand).


Aside from the monarch’s role in each kingdom, the Head of the Commonwealth were the last two sovereigns. While this position does not necessarily belong to the monarch, Elizabeth II and George VI are the only individuals who have ever been conferred the title. This title does not entail any political ability over member countries.

All positions of State constitutionally lay in the Sovereign, who in New Zealand is represented by the Governor-General.

The Monarch appoints the Governor-General upon the proposal of the New Zealand Prime Minister, generally for a 5-year term.

In the Act of Settlement, it is stated that a Sovereign cannot be Roman Catholic, nor can he/she be married to one, and must be in sacramental manduction with the Church of England upon assuming the throne. The statute law also expresses that male heirs are to ascend the throne before female heirs, as rules of succession in New Zealand are the same as those of the United Kingdom (by the 1947 Statute of Westminster Adoption Act).



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