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Elizabeth II was Queen of Guyana from 1966 to 1970, when Guyana was independent sovereign state with a constitutional monarchy. She was also the Sovereign of the other Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom. Her constitutional roles were delegated to the Governor-General of Guyana.

Queen of Guyana
Coat of arms of Guyana.svg
Queen Elizabeth II 1959.jpg
Formal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
StyleHer Majesty
Heir apparentCharles, Prince of Wales
First monarchElizabeth II
Last monarchElizabeth II
Formation26 May 1966
Abolition23 February 1970

The Crown colony of British Guiana became an independent country called Guyana on 26 May 1966.[1] Its new constitution provided for the country to become a republic after 45 months by a majority vote in the House of Assembly.[2] Exactly 45 months from independence, Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth, with the President of Guyana as head of state.

The Queen visited the country twice: in 1966 shortly before independence (4–5 February) and in 1994 (19–22 February). Both trips were part of a Caribbean tour.[3]

Elizabeth II on a British Guiana stamp, 1954
Name Birth Death Consort Heir apparent
Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Charles, Prince of Wales
Elizabeth II
26 May 1966 – 18 June 1966: 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
18 June 1966 – 23 February 1970: By the Grace of God, Queen of Guyana and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth[4]


  1. ^ Ralph Premdas (2014). "Guyana". In Patrick Heenan, Monique Lamontagne (eds.). The South America Handbook. Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 161. ISBN 1-57958-333-4.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  2. ^ Philip Murphy (2013). Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth. Oxford University Press. pp. 84–85. ISBN 978-0-19-921423-5.
  3. ^ "Commonwealth visits since 1952". Official website of the British monarchy. Royal Household. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  4. ^ Royal proclamation published in the Official Gazette, 18 June 1966, quoted at "Guyana: Heads of State: 1966–1970". Retrieved 10 November 2015.