Royal Style and Titles Act 1953
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A N A C T
Relating to the Royal Style and Titles.
WHEREAS it was recited in the preamble to the Statute of
Westminster, 1931 that it would be in accord with the
established constitutional position of all the members of the British
Commonwealth of Nations in relation to one another that any
alteration in the law touching the Royal Style and Titles should,
after the enactment of that Act, “require the assent as well of the
Parliaments of all the Dominions as of the Parliament of the United
AND WHEREAS the Style and Titles appertaining to the Crown
at the time of the enactment of the Statute of Westminster, 1931
had been declared by His then Majesty King George V. in a
Proclamation in pursuance of the Royal and Parliamentary Titles
Act, 1927 of the United Kingdom, and were, in consequence of the
establishment of the Republic of India, subsequently altered with
the assent as well of the Parliaments of Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and the Union of South Africa as of the Parliament of the
United Kingdom :
AND WHEREAS it was agreed between the Prime Ministers and
other representatives of Her Majesty’s Governments in the United
Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South
Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon assembled in London in the month of
December, One thousand nine hundred and fifty-two, that the Style
and Titles at present appertaining to the Crown are not in accord
with current constitutional relationships within the British Commonwealth
and that there is a need for a new form which would, in particular,
“reflect the special position of the Sovereign as Head of
the Commonwealth” :
AND WHEREAS it was concluded by the Prime Ministers and other
representatives that, in the present stage of development of the British
Commonwealth relationship, it would be in accord with the established
constitutional position that each member country should use for its
own purposes a form of the Royal Style and Titles which suits its own
particular circumstances but retains a substantial element which is
common to all :
AND WHEREAS it was further agreed by the Prime Ministers and
other representatives that the various forms of the Royal Style and
Titles should, in addition to the appropriate territorial designation,
have as their common element the description of the Sovereign as
“Queen of Her other Realms and Territories and Head of the
AND WHEREAS it was further agreed by the Prime Ministers
and other representatives that the procedure of prior consultation
between all Governments of the British Commonwealth should be
followed in future if occasion arose to propose a change in the form
of the Royal Style and Titles used in any country of the British
BE it therefore enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty,
the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth
of Australia, as follows :—
1. This Act may be cited as the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953.
2. This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it
receives the Royal Assent.
3. In this Act, “the United Kingdom” means the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Assent to adoption of Royal Style and Titles in relation
4.—(1.) The assent of the Parliament is hereby given to the
adoption by Her Majesty, for use in relation to the Commonwealth
of Australia and its Territories, in lieu of the Style and Titles at
present appertaining to the Crown, of the Style and Titles set forth
in the Schedule to this Act, and to the issue for that purpose by
Her Majesty of Her Royal Proclamation under such seal as Her
Majesty by Warrant appoints.
(2.) The Proclamation referred to in the last preceding sub-section
shall be published in the Gazette and shall have effect from the date
upon which it is so published.
Assent to adoption of Royal Style and Titles in relation to other
countries of British Commonwealth.
5. The assent of the Parliament is hereby given to the adoption
by Her Majesty, for use in relation to Her other Realms and Territories,
in lieu of the Style and Titles at present appertaining to the Crown,
of such Style and Titles as Her Majesty thinks fit, in accordance with
the principles that were formulated by the Prime Ministers and
other representatives of British Commonwealth countries assembled
in London, as recited in the Preamble to this Act.
The Royal Style and Titles.
Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other
Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. [Amended by s.2(1) of the
Royal Style and Titles Act 1973]
I HEREBY CERTIFY that the above is a fair print
of the Bill intituled “An Act relating to the
Royal Style and Titles”, which has been passed
by the Senate and the House of Representatives,
and that the said Bill originated in the House of
[F C. Green]
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
In the name and on behalf
of Her Majesty, I assent to this
[I reserve this Act for Her Majesty’s pleasure]
[18th March] 1953.