State of Malta
|State of Malta
Stat ta’ Malta
"Virtute et Constantia"
"[By] virtue and constancy"
The Malta Hymn
God Save the Queen
Location of the State of Malta in Europe.
|-||1964–1971||Maurice Henry Dorman|
|-||1971–1974||Anthony Joseph Mamo|
|-||1964–1971||George Borg Olivier|
|Historical era||Cold War|
|-||Independence||21 September 1964|
|-||Republic||13 December 1974|
|Currency||Pound Sterling (1964–1972)
Maltese Lira (1972–1974)
The State of Malta, sometimes known unofficially in common parlance as Malta, was a predecessor to modern-day Malta. It existed between 21 September 1964 and 13 December 1974.
When British rule ended in 1964, Malta was given independence as a commonwealth realm, in which the state existed until the promulgation of the 1974 constitution. This occurred on 27 April 1964; the Republic of Malta came into existence on 1 July 1974. During the commonwealth realm phase, the British monarch remained head of state of Malta (Reġina ta' Malta), and was represented in Malta by a governor-general. The following governors-generals held office in Malta during the dominion period:
- Sir Maurice Henry Dorman (21 September 1964 - 4 July 1971)
- Sir Anthony Mamo (4 July 1971 - 13 December 1974)
Following the abolition of the Commonwealth Realm, former Governor-General Sir Anthony Mamo became the first President of Malta.