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Canada is a shared monarchy with the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries...
The Queen's Style and Titles for Canada became "Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith". An act providing the assent of the Parliament of Canada to the Queen's issuing a proclamation to that effect was enacted on 11th February 1953, and the new Royal Style and Titles was proclaimed by Her Majesty on 28th May 1953.
A Commonwealth realm is a sovereign state within the Commonwealth of Nations that has Elizabeth II as its monarch. The sixteen current realms have a combined land area of 18.8 million km² (7.3 million mi², excluding Antarctic claims), and a population of 134 million; all but about two million live in the six most populous states, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Jamaica.
Originally posted by catwhoknows
reply to post by SupremeKnowledge
It used to be the British Empire.
Now it is a few countries who have nothing to do with the queen.
NZ is one of those countries, and I think most of us want to break that tie - but it has been the older people who have insisted on keeping it.
She has nothing to do with us, and we have nothing to do with the monarchy - ridiculous, isn't it?
Also, the monarchy equals exactly nothing now.
Originally posted by Aeons
You are very mistaken. However, what you think is also exceedingly common. The monarchy still has quite a bit of power, it merely isn't being used. The monarchy is fulfilling a function in the Commonwealth.
Queen Elizabeth II has divested more power and order to democracies all over this world in a controlled orderly fashion than any other leader ever. Period. I would dare you to find any leader in history that has so eloquently and unnoticed helped move forward progressive governance without struggle.
This single lifetime achievement, gone utterly unnoticed, deserves my greatest respect. If I am the only person who notices what she has done, let me say I am honoured and awed.