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|Trinidad and Tobago|
"Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve"
For the Love of Liberty
God Save the Queen
|Capital||Port of Spain|
|Historical era||Cold War|
|-||Independence||31 August 1962|
|-||Republic||1 August 1976|
|Currency||TT dollar (from 1964)|
The Commonwealth realm of Trinidad and Tobago, officially known as "Trinidad and Tobago", was a predecessor to the modern-day Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It existed between 31 August 1962 and 1 August 1976.
When British rule ended in 1962, the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Act 1962 transformed the British Crown Colony of Trinidad and Tobago into the independent sovereign Commonwealth realm, sharing its Sovereign, Elizabeth II, with the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Trinidad and Tobago. The royal succession was governed by the English Act of Settlement of 1701.
During the Commonwealth realm phase, the British monarch remained head of state of Trinidad and Tobago, and was represented in Trinidad and Tobago by a Governor-General. The following governors-generals held office in Trinidad and Tobago during the Commonwealth realm period:
Following the abolition of the monarchy and the promulgation of a republic on 1 August 1976, the last Governor-General, Sir Ellis Clarke, became the first President of Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago became a republic within the Commonwealth.
- Trinidad and Tobago Independence Act 1962, 10 & 11 Eliz. 2 c. 54
- SI 1976 No. 1914
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