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Under the Australian Constitution, who will become Australia's Head of State if the British monarchy is suddenly dissolved or overthrown and Britain becomes a republic?

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    The sovereignty of Parliament means that only the Australian Parliament can decide that, and only by having the question put to it. Anything else is conjecture. If I had to bet, it would be that the Governor General would eventually be replaced by an elected President, but that on an interim basis Parliament would invest the incumbent would continuation of pre-existing authority. Jun 25, 2016 at 4:22
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    How is this a history question? Jun 25, 2016 at 9:07
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    This should go to politics.SE
    – SJuan76
    Jun 25, 2016 at 9:59
  • @KillingTime It's on hold, so it's history now ;) Jun 25, 2016 at 17:10

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Australia calls Elisabeth II "Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth." This formula does not mention that the Queen of Australia is also Queen of England. If the British ruling dynasty is overthrown in one of her realms, in theory that does not affect her standing in the other realms.

In practice England is not quite comparable to the other realms of the Queen.

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    – CGCampbell
    Jun 27, 2016 at 12:44
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    @CGCampbell, I think it does. If the British ruling dynasty is overthrown in one of her realms, in theory that does not affect her standing in the other realms. In practice England is not quite comparable to the other realms of the Queen.
    – o.m.
    Jun 27, 2016 at 16:27
  • It might answer the question better if you put your comment in your answer
    – Henry
    Jun 28, 2016 at 19:14

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