Queen of Sierra Leone

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Queen of Sierra Leone
Coat of arms of Sierra Leone.svg
Royal Standard of Sierra Leone.svg
Royal Standard used by Elizabeth II in 1961[1]
StyleHer Majesty
Formation27 April 1961
Abolition19 April 1971

Elizabeth II was Queen of Sierra Leone from 1961 to 1971, when Sierra Leone was an independent constitutional monarchy. The Queen was also monarch of the other Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom.

Sierra Leone became an independent realm by the Sierra Leone Independence Act 1961, which transformed the British Crown Colony of Sierra Leone into an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations.[2] The Queen was the ceremonial head of state, represented by the Governor-General of Sierra Leone, who resided in State House, which flew the Union Jack.[3] Her formal title was Queen of Sierra Leone and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.[4] The monarchy was abolished in 1971, when Sierra Leone became a republic within the Commonwealth with the President of Sierra Leone as head of state.

The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Sierra Leone on the royal yacht Britannia[1] from 25 November to 1 December 1961.[5] Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown is named after her.

Stamp commemorating Queen Elizabeth II Quay, 1956
Portrait Name Birth Death Consort Heir apparent
Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Charles, Prince of Wales


  1. ^ a b "Queen causes a frenzy in Freetown: A royal visit to Sierra Leone creates colourful boating chaos". The Observer. 26 November 1961. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Sierra Leone Independence Bill". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). 230. Lords. 27 March 1961. col. 23–40.
  3. ^ Michael S. Kargbo (2006). British Foreign Policy and the Conflict in Sierra Leone, 1991–2001. Peter Lang. pp. 70–71. ISBN 0-8204-7506-8.
  4. ^ "Sierra Leone: Heads of State: 1961–1971". archontology.org. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Commonwealth visits since 1952". Official website of the British monarchy. Royal Household. Retrieved 8 November 2015.