Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in the world, and continues to astound many with her grace, brilliance and positive nature.
The Queen ascended to the throne in 1953, and since then has presided over a series of changes in the United Kingdom. Her majesty has overseen many changes across the Commonwealth.
The British Empire was once one of the strongest empires in the world. But over the years, former colonies have declared independence from the United Kingdom.
Ex-colonies include Trinidad & Tobago and most recently, Barbados. Other countries have suggested independence could soon follow, while others have held referendums in the past.
So which 15 countries still swear allegiance to the Queen? In this article, we take a look at those remaining.
Nine of the 15 nations that have Queen Elizabeth II as their Head of State belong to the continent of North America, owing to the British Empire’s days of conquering the continent.
Canada is one of the oldest commonwealth realms, and a nation where the Queen enjoys significant popularity.
The Bahamas and Jamaica are two other nations that are Commonwealth realms. Both are rather populous nations which have historically showed support for the Commonwealth. However, Jamaica have recently been considering a referendum on membership.
A host of other nations in close proximity to one another that also have the Queen as their Head of State are Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The small nations of Antigua & Barbuda and Belize only became commonwealth realms in 1981, but have both been loyal nations ever since then.
Five nations within the continent of Australasia have Queen Elizabeth II as their Head of State. These range from huge, sprawling countries, to smaller nations with tiny populations.
The most famous is Australia. Australia has been a commonwealth realm for over 100 years, and its population of 25million citizens continue to find the Queen popular. A 1999 referendum resulted in 55% of citizens choosing to remain a commonwealth realm.
New Zealand also has a proud history of supporting the Queen. The Queen has typically enjoyed rapturous ovations on all 10 of her state visits, and is spoken of highly across the nation.
The nations of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea also swear allegiance to her Majesty. Like most other countries, these two have a history of strong approval of the Queen.
Tuvalu is the fifth and final country within this continent. Tuvalu has twice voted on referendums, both of which resulted in a comprehensive decision to remain a commonwealth realm.
Last but not least, we have the continent of Europe – where of course the Queen rules over the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Queen Elizabeth II has historically enjoyed widescale support from the nations. She has aided stability for the Kingdom, and has continued the good work from Kings and Queens before her.
While the days of the saying “the sun never sets on the British Empire” may be over, Queen Elizabeth II continues to enjoy support from many different countries.
Her majesty continues to be incredibly popular, and will continue to rule, as long as her health permits it.
The various countries on this list have been fortunate to have a Royal Family like this, with the stability of recent times largely attributed to the democracy seen in these nations. Queen Elizabeth II has been at the heart of this.