Queen Elizabeth II reigned as New Zealand’s Sovereign (or Head of State) from 6 February 1952 to 9 September 2022. She became Queen at the death of her father, King George VI.
Her 70-year reign covered a period of great social and political change. Throughout these changes, the Queen remained a figure of stability. She was admired for her dignity, graciousness and dedication to service.
On her visit in 1995, the Queen signed into law the Crown’s formal apology to Waikato-Tainui. The apology formed part of the Crown’s first major settlement of historical confiscation (raupatu) claims with Māori.
The last visit Queen Elizabeth II made to New Zealand was in 2002 as part of her Golden (50th) Jubilee celebrations.
The Queen was patron of many charities and organisations in New Zealand, including the Cancer Society of New Zealand and the Royal Returned and Services’ Association. She was also Captain-General and Colonel-in-Chief of several regiments of the New Zealand Army.