Queen of Twelve Countries?

It’s August 29, 2019 and I just learned that the Queen of England is the Queen of twelve ‘countries’ to this day! I put ‘countries’ in quotes because each of the twelve is a ‘sovereign state’ for purposes of international relations but, and if you ask me, it is a big ‘but,’ they remain Commonwealth realms. 

This from Wikipedia regarding Commonwealth realms; the Queen “holds the highest position in each Commonwealth realm and may perform such functions as issuing executive orders, commanding the military forces, and creating and administering laws.” Oh. That strikes me as important. 

For fun I’m going to list the title she holds in each of her realms. Have you got your atlas handy? She is:

  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Antigua and Barbuda,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Barbados,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Belize,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Grenada,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Jamaica,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of New Zealand,
  • Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Papua New Guinea,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Saint Christopher and Nevis,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Saint Lucia,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
  • Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Solomon Islands,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Tuvalu, and last but not least,
  • Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I stumbled onto this looking into today’s news. It’s reported that the new Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson, asked the Queen to suspend parliamentary meetings for a few weeks. Hmm. Might it have been the other way around?