Royal Titles Act 1876


The Royal Titles Act 1876 (39 & 40 Vict., c. 10) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which officially recognized Queen Victoria (and subsequent monarchs) as “Empress of India”. [2]

The Royal Titles Act 1876[1]
Long titleAn Act to enable Her most Gracious majesty to make an addition to the Royal Style and Titles appertaining to the Imperial Crown of the United Kingdom and its Dependencies.
Citation39 & 40 Vict., c. 10
Introduced byBenjamin Disraeli
Territorial extentThroughout the British Empire
Dates
Commencement1 May 1876
Repealed22 June 1948
Status: Repealed
"New crowns for old ones!" An 1876 Punch cartoon of Disraeli, depicted as Abanazer from the pantomime version of Aladdin, offering Victoria the Crown of India in exchange for another

This title had been assumed by her in 1876, under the encouragement of the Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.[3] The long title of the Act is "An Act to enable Her most Gracious majesty to make an addition to the Royal Style and Titles appertaining to the Imperial Crown of the United Kingdom and its Dependencies." It was repealed by the Indian Independence Act 1947.

References


  1. The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by the Short Titles Act 1896, section 1 and the first schedule.  Due to the repeal of those provisions it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. "Victoria (r. 1837-1901)". The Royal Household. Retrieved 2015-03-23. Victoria's popularity grew with the increasing imperial sentiment from the 1870s onwards. After the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the government of India was transferred from the East India Company to the Crown with the position of Governor General upgraded to Viceroy, and in 1877 Victoria became Empress of India under the Royal Titles Act passed by Disraeli's government. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "History of the Monarchy, Victoria". Archived from the original on 2002-02-02. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)