When most people think of the “Queen of Australia”, they quickly refer to the Royal Style Titles Act 1973 under Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
Queen Elizabeth II was coronated on the 2nd July 1953, the same year of the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953.
On Friday, 8th February 1952, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir William McKell, issued the following proclamation from the steps of Parliament House:
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is now, by the death of our late Sovereign of happy memory, become Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of this realm and of all her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Supreme Liege Lady in and over the Commonwealth of Australia.
So what did the Governor-General Sir William McKell mean by “this realm?”
In the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953 schedule it styles Queen Elizabeth II as:
Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Australia and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
So Queen Elizabeth II was referred to as “Queen of this realm” by the former Governor-General Sir William McKell in 1952, then again in the schedule of the Royal Style and Titles Act 1953 – “…United Kingdom, Australia and her other Realms and Territories, Queen…”
Since then, the Royal Style and Titles Act 1973 styles the sovereign as:
Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.
Nevertheless, it’s there for all to see in black and white. But what does this mean for our laws created under this fictitious (paper Queen) Crown?
That’s another story.