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Monarchy in British Columbia

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Monarchy in British Columbia

Queen in Right of British Columbia
Elizabeth II
Queen of Canada

since 6 February 1952
Style Her Majesty
First monarch Victoria
Formation 20 July 1871
Residence Government House, Victoria

By the arrangements of the Canadian federation, Canada's monarchy operates in British Columbia as the core of the province's Westminster-style parliamentary democracy.[1] As such, the Crown within British Columbia's jurisdiction is referred to as the Crown in Right of British Columbia,[2] Her Majesty in Right of British Columbia,[3] or the Queen in Right of British Columbia.[4] The Constitution Act, 1867, however, leaves many royal duties in British Columbia specifically assigned to the sovereign's viceroy, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia,[1] whose direct participation in governance is limited by the conventional stipulations of constitutional monarchy.[5]


  • Constitutional monarchy in British Columbia 1
    • Royal associations 1.1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Constitutional monarchy in British Columbia

The role of the Crown is both legal and practical; it functions in British Columbia in the same wayit does in all of Canada's other provinces, being the centre of a constitutional construct in which the institutions of government acting under the sovereign's authority share the power of the whole.[6] It is thus the foundation of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the province's government.[7] The Canadian monarch—since 6 February 1952, Queen Elizabeth II—is represented and her duties carried out by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, whose direct participation in governance is limited by the conventional stipulations of constitutional monarchy, with most related powers entrusted for exercise by the elected parliamentarians, the ministers of the Crown generally drawn from amongst them, and the judges and justices of the peace.[5] The Crown today primarily functions as a guarantor of continuous and stable governance and a nonpartisan safeguard against the abuse of power.[5][8][9] This arrangement began with an 1871 Order in Council by Queen Victoria and continued an unbroken line of monarchical government extending back to the late 18th century.[1] However, though British Columbia has a separate government headed by the Queen, as a province, British Columbia is not itself a kingdom.[10]

The Great Seal of British Columbia, held by the lieutenant governor and entrusted by him or her to the attorney general

Government House in Victoria is owned by the sovereign only in her capacity as Queen in Right of British Columbia and used as an official residence by both the lieutenant governor and the sovereign and other members of the Canadian Royal Family will reside there when in British Columbia.[11] Members of the Royal Family have owned property in British Columbia in a private capacity: Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, owned Portland Island, though this was offered by her on permanent loan to the Crown in Right of British Columbia.[12]

Royal associations

Those in the Royal Family the patronage of a member of the Royal Family. Examples include the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, which, along with the Vancouver Rowing Club and the Vancouver Raquets Club, is under the patronage of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the Royal British Columbia Museum, which received its royal prefix from Queen Elizabeth II in 1987.[14]

The main symbol of the monarchy is the sovereign herself, her image (in portrait or effigy) thus being used to signify government authority.[15] A royal cypher, crown, or the provincial arms (known as the Arms of Her Majesty in right of British Columbia[16]) may also illustrate the monarchy as the locus of authority, without referring to any specific monarch. Additionally, though the monarch does not form a part of the constitutions of British Columbia's honours, they do stem from the Crown as the fount of honour, and so bear on the insignia symbols of the sovereign.


In 1959, Premier W.A.C. Bennett desired that the Queen of Canada read the Speech from the Throne at the opening of a session of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. This request was turned down on the grounds that it was "constitutionally impossible".[17] The validity and logic behind the refusal was later a matter of debate.[18]

The Queen was again in British Columbia to mark the centennial of the province's entry into Confederation.[19] In 2002, Elizabeth toured Victoria and Vancouver as part of her Golden Jubilee as Queen of Canada.[20]

See also


  1. ^ a b c  
  2. ^ Uukw et al. v. R. In Right of British Columbia and Registrar, Prince Rupert Land Title District, [1988 1 C.N.L.R. 173] (British Columbia Court of Appeal 2 April 1987).
  3. ^  
  4. ^ British Columbia v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., [2005 2 S.C.R. 473, 2005 SCC 49] (Supreme Court of Canada 8 June 2005).
  5. ^ a b c  
  6. ^ Cox, Noel (September 2002). "Black v Chrétien: Suing a Minister of the Crown for Abuse of Power, Misfeasance in Public Office and Negligence". Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law (Perth: Murdoch University) 9 (3): 12. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  7. ^  
  8. ^  
  9. ^ MacLeod 2008, p. 20
  10. ^  
  11. ^ MacLeod, p. XIV
  12. ^ a b British Columbia Archives. "The Legacy". Queen's Printer for British Columbia. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  13. ^ Palmer, Sean;  
  14. ^ Historical Record of Royal British Columbia Museum Corporation, Royal British Columbia Museum, p. 10 
  15. ^ MacKinnon, Frank (1976), The Crown in Canada, Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, p. 69,  
  16. ^ Watt, Robert D. "Ministries > Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat > Official Symbols > The Coat of Arms of British Columbia: A Brief History". Queen's Printer for British Columbia. Protocol and Events Branch. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  17. ^ Toporoski, Richard (June 2006). "Can the Queen Grant Royal Assent in a Provincial Legislature?: No" (PDF). Canadian Monarchist News (Toronto: Monarchist League of Canada). Fall-Winter 2005 (24): 19. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  18. ^ Toporoski, Richard; Munro, Kenneth (June 2006). "Can the Queen Grant Royal Assent in a Provincial Legislature?" (PDF). Canadian Monarchist News (Toronto: Monarchist League of Canada). Fall-Winter 2005 (24): 17–20. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  19. ^ British Columbia Archives. "Chronology of Principal Royal Visits to British Columbia". Queen's Printer for British Columbia. Retrieved 25 June 2009. 
  20. ^ "Queen drops puck, raises cheer in arena". CBC. 7 October 2002. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 

External links

  • British Columbia Archives. "Welcoming the Royals: The Archival Legacy". Queen's Printer for British Columbia. 
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