Royal Titles Act 1876

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Disraeli dressed as a fakir offers Victoria an exchange
"New crowns for old ones!" An 1876 Punch cartoon of Disraeli, depicted as Abanazer from the pantomime version of Aladdin, offering Victoria the Crown of India in exchange for another

The Royal Titles Act 1876 (39 & 40 Vict., c. 10) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which officially recognized Queen Victoria as "Empress of India".[1]

This title had been assumed by her in 1876, under the encouragement of the Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.[2] The long title of the Act is "An Act to enable Her most Gracious majesty to make an addition to the Royal Style and Titles appertaining to the Imperial Crown of the United Kingdom and its Dependencies."


  1. ^ "Victoria (r. 1837-1901)". The Royal Household. Retrieved 2015-03-23. Victoria's popularity grew with the increasing imperial sentiment from the 1870s onwards. After the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the government of India was transferred from the East India Company to the Crown with the position of Governor General upgraded to Viceroy, and in 1877 Victoria became Empress of India under the Royal Titles Act passed by Disraeli's government. 
  2. ^ "History of the Monarchy, Victoria". Archived from the original on 2002-02-02.