Title

Part 2 - The Forty-second Parliament

The Sovereign

Database

Parliamentary Handbook 

Date

19-12-2008

Source

Parliamentary Library

Parl No.

42

System Id

handbook/newhandbook/2008-12-19/0014

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Part 2 - The Forty-second Parliament - The Sovereign
The Sovereign

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth

Her Majesty Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, the daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, ascended the throne on 6 February 1952, was proclaimed Queen on 8 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

The Queen has visited Australia fifteen times during her reign. These visits have taken place between:

(i)

3 February 1954 and 1 April 1954

(ii)

18 February 1963 and 27 March 1963

(iii)

30 March 1970 and 3 May 1970

(iv)

17 October 1973 and 22 October 1973

(v)

27 February 1974 and 28 February 1974

(vi)

7 March 1977 and 30 March 1977

(vii)

24 May 1980 and 28 May 1980

(viii)

26 September 1981 and 12 October 1981

(ix)

5 October 1982 and 13 October 1982

(x)

2 March 1986 and 13 March 1986

(xi)

19 April 1988 and 10 May 1988

(xii)

18 February 1992 and 25 February 1992

(xiii)

17 March 2000 and 1 April 2000

(xiv)

27 February 2002 and 3 March 2002

(xv)

12 March 2006 and 16 March 2006.

On the following occasions Parliament has been opened by Her Majesty:

(i)

15 February 1954

(ii)

28 February 1974

(iii)

8 March 1977.

During these visits Her Majesty has held a Privy Council on five occasions:

(i)

at Government House, Canberra, on 17 February 1954

(ii)

at Government House, Melbourne, on 25 February 1954

(iii)

at Government House, Canberra, on 19 February 1963

(iv)

at Government House, Canberra, on 24 April 1970

(v)

at Government House, Canberra, on 8 March 1977.

On the following occasions Her Majesty presided at a meeting of the Federal Executive Council:

(i)

at Government House, Canberra, on 16 February 1954

(ii)

at Government House, Canberra, on 19 October 1973

(iii)

at Government House, Canberra, on 2 March 1986.

On 9 May 1988, Her Majesty opened the new Parliament House in Canberra, 61 years to the day after her father opened the provisional Parliament House.