Monarchy of Nigeria
|Monarchy of Nigeria|
|Coat of Arms of Nigeria|
|Queen Elizabeth II of Nigeria|
|First monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Last monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Official residence||Buckingham Palace|
|Monarchy began||1 January 1960|
|Monarchy ended||1 October 1963|
|Current pretender(s)||Elizabeth II|
The Monarchy of Nigeria (the Nigerian monarchy) was the system of government in which a hereditary monarch was the sovereign of Nigeria from 1960 to 1963. Nigeria shared the Sovereign with a number of Commonwealth realms. The Monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Nigeria. The Royal succession was governed by the English Act of Settlement of 1701.
The monarchy was abolished in 1963, when Nigeria became a republic within the Commonwealth.
The Monarch of Nigeria was created by the Nigeria Independence Act 1960 which transformed the Federation of Nigeria into the independent sovereign constitutional monarchy of Nigeria. Nigeria adopted a new constitution in 1963 which abolished the monarchy.
List of Nigerian Monarchs
|House of Windsor|
|Portrait||Name||Birth||Death||Monarch From||Monarch Until||Relationship with Predecessor(s)|
|Queen Elizabeth II||21 April 1926||1 October 1960||1 October 1963||None (position ceded)|
List of Nigerian Consorts
|Portrait||Name||Birth||Death||Consort From||Consort Until||Relationship with Monarch|
The Duke of Edinburgh
|10 June 1921||1 October 1960||1 October 1963||Husband of Queen Elizabeth II|
1 October 1960 – 1 June 1961
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
1 June 1961 – 1 October 1963
By the Grace of God Queen of Nigeria and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Nigeria in 1956, then as Head of the Commonwealth in 2003.