Elizabeth II, Queen Of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Queen Elizabeth II (Photo: Getty Images)

This year, Queen Elizabeth will be celebrating her 94th birthday and also her 67th year on the throne, making her reign the longest reign in the history of the British throne. Despite this outstanding record of royal rule, many still make mistakes with her title. 

She is commonly known and referred to as the “Queen of England” based on the ovation of her most resided palace, Buckingham Palace, but in the real sense of it, the title is wrong as England is not a sovereign state and the Queen cannot rule over a non-sovereign territory. 

A sovereign state simply means an area that exists under the representation of a centralized government, that is Great Britain which unlike England has existed as a sovereign state since 1707 under the Acts of Union. Before the Acts were put in place, the title of the Monarch was the King or Queen of England and Scotland and Ireland but once out in place, the Act of Union had  England and Scotland’s status as sovereign states relinquished, thereby making them become separate states within the sovereign United Kingdom. This, therefore, means that the original title of the Queen is actually Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

Even though she has an official title, Her Royal Majesty still possesses other titles as she has both official and unofficial monikers. For starters, her full title is — Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith — which for a very long time has experienced variations of cropped versions all around the Commonwealth region. But in some other regions and countries, the natives have also given Her Majesty names and titles.

For instance, in Jamaican Patois, Her Majesty is known as Missis Queen or The Queen Lady, whereas in the Canadian Salish Nation she is known as Mother of all People. She is also known as White Heron in New Zealand, where she was named after the resident sacred bird of the Maori people. In Fiji, although the country has abolished royal rule under Her Majesty as it’s sovereign ruler since 1987, she is still referred to as Tui Viti – Paramount Chief which is honorary and recognized by the government. 

The unending and unique titles are not just means of identification but also a symbol of the influence of the Queen’s reach in the world and which also allows the Queen to control the naming rights of her family members. Something she displayed when she prohibited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to hold and use the Sussex Royal brand after their exit from the royal services, as she tagged it “untenable” and sadly the couple had to relinquish the title as a part of their name as from Spring 2020.