Dominion of Ceylon

Between 1948 and 1972, Ceylon[1][2] was an independent country in the Commonwealth of Nations that shared a monarch with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and certain other sovereign states. In 1948, the British Colony of Ceylon was granted independence as Ceylon. In 1972, the country became a republic within the Commonwealth, and its name was changed to Sri Lanka.

Ceylon[1]
1948–1972
Anthem: Sri Lanka Matha (1951–1972)

God Save the King/Queen (1948–1951)
CapitalColombo
Common languagesSinhala · Tamil · English
Religion
Buddhism · Hinduism · Christianity · Islam
Demonym(s)Ceylonese
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Monarch 
 1948–1952
George VI
 1952–1972
Elizabeth II
Governor-General 
 1948–1949
Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore
 1949–1954
Lord Soulbury
 1954–1962
Sir Oliver Ernest Goonetilleke
 1962–1972
William Gopallawa
Prime Minister 
 1948–1952
D. S. Senanayake
 1952–1953
Dudley Senanayake
 1953–1956
John Kotelawala
 1956–1959
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
 1960–1972
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
LegislatureParliament of Ceylon
Senate
House of Representatives
History 
4 February 1948
1971
 Republic
22 May 1972
Area
65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
Population
 1948
7,060,000
 1956
8,100,000
 1962
11,000,000
 1971
12,800,000
CurrencyCeylon Rupee
Preceded by
Succeeded by
British Ceylon
Sri Lanka
Ashley Havinden, Michael; David Meredith (1993). Colonialism and development: Britain and its tropical colonies, 1850–1960. p. 12. ISBN 9780415020435.
"Sri Lanka". Retrieved 30 March 2010.
"Ceylon Independent, 1948–1956". World History at KMLA. Retrieved 30 March 2010.