The Elizabeth II Seal (1956)

The Elizabeth II Seal (1956)

In answer to a query by the Colonial Office, the Governor stated on 21st March 1952 that he did not wish to make any changes in the design of the Public Seal other than those made necessary by the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. By August 1954, however, the original 1842 Seal had been discovered and the Governor asked that the old design be incorporated in the new Seal which had not yet been received.

This was agreed and the Elizabethan Seal, which is shown in Plate XII was received under cover of Colonial Office despatch No. 855 of 26th May 1956. With it was a Warrant in the following words:

"Our Will and Pleasure is, and we do hereby authorize and direct that the said Seal be used in sealing all Public Instruments which shall be made and passed in our Name and for Our Service in Our said Colony."

The Royal Style and Title was:

"Elizabeth II By the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her Other Realms and Territories, Queen, Defender of the Faith, Head of the Commonwealth".

The Seal was not Gazetted.

Plate XII - The First Elizabeth II Seal (1956)