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 - 1953-Dress.JPG
Queen Elizabeth II of Pakistan
First monarch King George VI
Last monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Style His Majesty
Her Majesty
Official residence Buckingham Palace
Appointer Hereditary
Monarchy began 15 August 1947
Monarchy ended 23 March 1956

The Monarchy of Pakistan (the Pakistani monarchy) was the system of government in which a hereditary monarch was the sovereign of the Dominion of Pakistan from 1947 to 1956. Pakistan shared the Sovereign with the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Pakistan. The royal succession was governed by the English Act of Settlement of 1701.

The monarchy was abolished in 23 March 1956, when Pakistan became a republic within the Commonwealth. Pakistan left the Commonwealth in 1972 over the issue of the former East Pakistan province becoming independent but rejoined in 1989, then suspended from the Commonwealth twice: first 18 October 1999 to 22 May 2004 and 22 November 2007 to 22 May 2008.


The Monarchy of Pakistan was created by the Indian Independence Act 1947 which divided British India into the independent sovereign constitutional monarchies of India and Pakistan. Before 1947, Pakistan was part of the non-independent British India in right of which the Monarch of the United Kingdom was styled Emperor of India. Pakistan adopted a new constitution in 1956 which abolished the monarchy.

List of Pakistani Monarchs[edit]

Portrait Name Birth Death Monarch From Monarch Until Relationship with Predecessor(s)
King George VI.jpg King George VI 14 December 1895 6 February 1952 15 August 1947 6 February 1952 None (position ceded)
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[edit]

Portrait Name Birth Death Consort From Consort Until Relationship with Monarch
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.jpg Queen Elizabeth 4 August 1900 30 March 2002 15 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


George VI
15 August 1947 – 22 June 1948
By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India
22 June 1948 – 6 February 1952
By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith
Elizabeth II
6 February 1952 – 29 May 1953
By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith
29 May 1953 – 23 March 1956
By the Grace of God, Queen of the United Kingdom and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth


The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Pakistan as Head of the Commonwealth in 1961 and 1997.

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