Uganda (Commonwealth realm)

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Commonwealth realm

Flag Coat of arms
"For God and My Country"
Oh Uganda, Land Of Beauty
Royal anthem
God Save the Queen
Location of the Commonwealth realm of Uganda (red) in Africa.
Capital Kampala
Government Constitutional monarchy
 -  1962–1963 Elizabeth II
 -  1962–1963 Walter Coutts
Prime Minister
 -  1962–1963 Milton Obote
Historical era Cold War
 -  Independence 26 May 1962
 -  State of Uganda 9 October 1963
Currency East African shilling

The Commonwealth realm of Uganda, officially known as "Uganda", was a predecessor to the modern-day Uganda. It existed between 1962 and 1963.

When British rule ended in 1962, Uganda was given independence as a Commonwealth realm until the proclamation of the State of Uganda in on 9 October 1963. The description "State" implied that the post-Commonwealth realm was not a republic but instead a "federation of tribal kingdoms". Uganda did not become a republic de jure until 1966 with Milton Obote's conflict with President Edward Mutesa II.

While a Commonwealth realm, Uganda retained the British monarch as head of state. The monarch was represented in Uganda by a Governor-General. The following Governors-General held office:

  1. Sir Walter Coutts (9 October 1962 - 9 October 1963)

Milton Obote held office as prime minister (and head of government) of Uganda during this period.

Following the abolition of the monarchy, the Kabaka (King) of Uganda, Edward Mutesa II, became the first President of the new State of Uganda.

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