Queen of Fiji

Queen Of Fiji

The monarchy of Fiji arose in the mid-nineteenth century when native ruler Seru Epenisa Cakobau consolidated control of the Fijian Islands and declared himself King or paramount chief of Fiji (Fijian: Tui Viti). In 1874, he voluntarily ceded sovereignty of the islands to Britain, which made Fiji a Crown colony within the British Empire. After nearly a century of British rule, Fiji became a Commonwealth realm, an independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth of Nations with Elizabeth II as head of state. After a military coup in 1987, Fiji became a republic, and the role of the monarchy in government was ended. Nevertheless, the Great Council of Chiefs recognised Elizabeth II as Tui Viti or the traditional Queen of Fiji, but the position is not one of a constitutional, or otherwise legal nature. Elizabeth II does not use the title, and no government recognises it.

Read more about Queen Of Fiji:  Origins, Absorption Into The British Crown, Commonwealth Realm, Republic, Current Position, Possible Restoration, List of Monarchs, Paramount Chiefs (Tui Viti) of Fiji, 1871-2012

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