Queen Elizabeth II Memorialized by Commonwealth Countries

The world was devastated to hear of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022.

After a historic 70-year reign as Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms, she passed peacefully at Balmoral at the age of 96.

News outlets worldwide covered the memorial services in London as ‘Operation London Bridge’ came into effect.

Let’s take a look at the Commonwealth realms and how they memorialized the Queen.

What are Commonwealth Realms

Her Majesty the Queen was head of the Commonwealth and as such, was head of state of the Commonwealth realms.

A Commonwealth realm is a country with the Queen (now King) as its Monarch. They are represented by a Governor General who the Monarch appoints on the recommendation of the President or Prime Minister of the country.

Making the Distinction: Commonwealth of Nations Versus Commonwealth Realms

Commonwealth of Nations: A voluntary political association of 56 member nations working towards shared goals of development, democracy, and peace.

Commonwealth Realms: A nation in which the British Monarchy presides as head of state, represented by a Governor General.