Monarchy of Nigeria

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Monarchy of Nigeria
Former Monarchy
Queen Elizabeth II - 1953-Dress.JPG
Queen Elizabeth II of Nigeria
First monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Last monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Style Her Majesty
Official residence United Kingdom United Kingdom
Buckingham Palace
Federation of Nigeria Nigeria
Government House
Appointer Hereditary
Monarchy began 1 January 1960
Monarchy ended 1 October 1963

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 the other 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 Monarchy 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[edit]

House of Windsor
Portrait Name Birth Death Monarch From Monarch Until Relationship with Predecessor(s)
Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg Queen Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 1 October 1960 1 October 1963 None (position ceded)

List of Nigerian Consorts[edit]

Portrait Name Birth Death Consort From Consort Until Relationship with Monarch
Prince Philip NASA cropped.jpg Prince Philip,
The Duke of Edinburgh
10 June 1921 1 October 1960 1 October 1963 Husband of Queen Elizabeth II

List of Nigerian Heirs[edit]

Portrait Name Birth Death Heir From Heir Until Relationship with Monarch
Prince Charles 2012.jpg Prince Charles,
The Prince of Wales
14 November 1948 1 October 1960 1 October 1963 Son of Queen Elizabeth II


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


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