British Overseas Territories

The British Overseas Territories (BOTs), also known as United Kingdom Overseas Territories (UKOTs), are fourteen territories all with a constitutional and historical link with the United Kingdom.[1][2] They are the last remnants of the British Empire and do not form part of the United Kingdom itself. Some of the permanently inhabited territories are internally self-governing, with the UK retaining responsibility for defence and foreign relations. Ten of the territories are listed by the UN Special Committee on Decolonization as non-self-governing territories. Three are inhabited only by a transitory population of military or scientific personnel. They all have the British monarch as head of state.[3][better source needed]

British Overseas Territories
Anthem: "God Save the Queen"
Location of the United Kingdom and the British Overseas Territories
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Largest territoryBritish Antarctic Territory
Official languagesEnglish
Demonym(s)
GovernmentDevolved administrations under a constitutional monarchy
 Monarch
Elizabeth II
Boris Johnson
Liz Truss
Wendy Morton
Vacant (As of 25 November 2020)
Area
 Total
18,015[lower-alpha 1] km2 (6,956 sq mi)
Population
 2019 estimate
272,256
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As of April 2018, three Territories (the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus) are the responsibility of the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas; the Minister responsible for the remaining Territories is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Overseas Territories and Sustainable Development.[4]