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Part 2 - The Forty-fourth Parliament - The Sovereign

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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 sixteen times during her reign. On three occasions Parliament has been opened by Her Majesty: 15 February 1954, 28 February 1974 and 8 March 1977. On 9 May 1988, Her Majesty opened the permanent Parliament House in Canberra, 61 years to the day after her father opened the provisional Parliament House.