Monarchy of Ghana

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Monarchy of Ghana
Coat of arms of Ghana.svg
Royal Flag of Ghana
Queen Elizabeth II in profile on a stamp from the Gold Coast overprinted for Ghanaian independence, 1957
Style Her Majesty
First monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Last monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Formation 6 March 1957
Abolition 1 July 1960
Residence United Kingdom United Kingdom
Buckingham Palace
Ghana (Commonwealth realm) Ghana
Government House
Appointer Hereditary

The Monarchy of Ghana (the Ghanaian monarchy) was the system of government in which a hereditary monarch was the sovereign of Ghana from 1957 to 1960. Ghana shared the Sovereign with the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Ghana. The royal succession was governed by the English Act of Settlement of 1701.[1][2]

The monarchy was abolished in 1 July 1960, when Ghana became a republic within the Commonwealth.[1]


The Queen meeting Ghanaian government minister Komla Agbeli Gbedemah and his wife, 1953

The Monarchy of Ghana was created by the Ghana Independence Act 1957 which transformed the British Crown Colony of the Gold Coast into the independent sovereign constitutional monarchy of Ghana.[1][2] Following a referendum on the subject, Ghana adopted a new constitution in 1960 which abolished the monarchy.[1][2]

List of monarchs[edit]

House of Windsor
Portrait Name Birth Death Monarch from Monarch until Consort Heir apparent
Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg Queen Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 6 March 1957 1 July 1960 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Charles, Prince of Wales


Elizabeth II
6 March 1957 – 27 July 1957
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
27 July 1957 – 1 July 1960
By the Grace of God, Queen of Ghana and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Heads of State of Ghana (1957 - To Date)". 
  2. ^ a b c "Queen Elizabeth II (1952 - )".