Queen of Malawi

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Queen of Malawi
Coat of arms of Malawi.svg
Elizabeth II on a Nyasaland postage stamp, before the country's independence
StyleHer Majesty
Formation6 July 1964
Abolition6 July 1966

For two years from Malawi's independence in 1964, the country was a monarchy with Elizabeth II as its queen. She was also the Sovereign of the other Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom. The 1964 Constitution of Malawi vested executive power in the Queen, as head of state, though her constitutional roles were delegated to her representative, the Governor-General.[1]

Malawi was granted independence by the Parliament of the United Kingdom's Malawi Independence Act 1964, which transformed the Protectorate of Nyasaland into an independent sovereign state called Malawi.

The roles of the Queen and the Governor-General in Malawi were abolished on 6 July 1966, when Malawi became a republic within the Commonwealth, with the President of Malawi as head of state.

The Queen visited Malawi 22–25 July 1979.[2] The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre was opened in 1958[3] and is the largest hospital in Malawi.[4]

Name Birth Death Consort Heir apparent
Queen Elizabeth II 21 April 1926 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Charles, Prince of Wales
Elizabeth II
6 July 1964 – 1964
By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith
1964 – 6 July 1966
By the Grace of God, Queen of Malawi and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth


  1. ^ Simon Roberts (Autumn 1964). "The Constitution of Malawi, 1964". Journal of African Law. 8 (3): 178–184. doi:10.1017/S0021855300007282.
  2. ^ "Commonwealth visits since 1952". Official website of the British monarchy. Royal Household. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. ^ John McCracken (2012). A History of Malawi, 1859–1966. Boydell & Brewer. p. 261. ISBN 978-1-84701-050-6.
  4. ^ "The Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi". The Europe - Africa Research Network for Evaluation of Second-line Therapy (EARNEST). Retrieved 8 November 2015.

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