Royal Style and Titles Act
The most significant of these Acts is the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927 of the United Kingdom which recognised the creation of the Irish Free State, a development that necessitated a change in King George V's title.
In December 1952, the governments of Commonwealth realms agreed that each realm would adopt its own royal titles.
The United Kingdom Parliament passed the Royal Titles Act 1953, which expressly stated that it applied only to the United Kingdom and those overseas territories whose foreign relations were controlled by the United Kingdom.
The Act also tidied up use of the title of King of Ireland, following Ireland's declaration as a republic in 1949. Henceforth, Elizabeth would be known in the United Kingdom as Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland rather than of Great Britain and Ireland separately.
The Sovereign's title became:
Elizabeth II, 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
The 1953 Act also set out, for the first time, a Latin title:
Elizabeth II, Dei Gratia Britanniarum Regnorumque Suorum Ceterorum Regina, Consortionis Populorum Princeps, Fidei Defensor
In Australia, the royal title, since 1973, is:
Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth
Typically, the sovereign is styled Queen of Australia and is addressed as such when in Australia or performing duties on behalf of Australia abroad. The sovereign is the only member of the Royal Family to have a title established through Australian law; other members are accorded a title via letters patent in the United Kingdom.
And in French it is:
Elizabeth Deux, par la grâce de Dieu Reine du Royaume-Uni, du Canada et de ses autres royaumes et territoires, Chef du Commonwealth, Défenseur de la Foi.
- Style of the British sovereign
- List of titles and honours of Queen Elizabeth II
- Royal Titles Act 1876 UK
- Royal Titles Act 1974 NZ
- Indian Independence Act 1947 (10 & 11 Geo. 6. c. 30)
- The London Gazette: . 22 June 1948., 22 June 1948
- s:Royal Titles Act 1953, 1 & 2 Eliz. 2 c. 9 [26 March 1953] An Act to provide for an alteration of the Royal Style and Titles.
- The London Gazette: . 26 May 1953.
- Elizabeth II (12 December 1985), Royal Style and Titles Act, Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada, retrieved 23 September 2009
- Elizabeth II 1985, 2