Commonwealth Heads of State 2018

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Heads of State of the Commonwealth of Nations.

In April 2018 there were 53 member countries in the Commonwealth of Nations.


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32 of these were Republics, with a President as the Head of State, and 21 were Monarchies with one of six Kings, Queens or Sultans as their own Head of State.

The Commonwealth Monarchies, listed with their Head of State, are:

Brunei Darussalam, Monarchy – His Majesty Hassanal Bolkiah since 1962
Lesotho, Monarchy – King Letsie III of Lesotho since 1990
Malaysia, Monarchy – Muhammad V of Kelantan since 2016
Swaziland, Monarchy – King Mswati III of Swaziland since 1986
Tonga, Monarchy – King Tupou VI since 2012

Antigua and Barbuda, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Australia, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Barbados, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Belize, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Canada, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Grenada, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Jamaica, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
New Zealand, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Papua New Guinea, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Solomon Islands, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
St Kitts and Nevis, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
St Lucia, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
St Vincent and The Grenadines, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
The Bahamas, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
Tuvalu, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952
United Kingdom, Monarchy – Queen Elizabeth II since 1952

Those above, with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State, will have a Governor-General appointed (other than the UK), to act in the Monarchs name. Most (if not all) of these Governor-Generals would be appointed by the Prime Minister/Government of the relevant country.

The Republics, listed with their Head of State, are:

Bangladesh, Republic – President Abdul Hamid since 2013
Botswana, Republic – President Ian Khama since 2008
Cameroon, Republic – President Paul Biya since 1982
Cyprus, Republic – President Nicos Anastasiades since 2013
Dominica, Republic – President Charles Angelo Savarin since 2013
Fiji, Republic – President George Konrote since 2015
Ghana, Republic – President Nana Akufo-Addo since 2017
Guyana, Republic – President David Granger since 2015
India, Republic – President Ram Nath Kovind since 2017
Kenya, Republic – President Uhuru Kenyatta since 2013
Kiribati, Republic – President Taneti Mamau since 2016
Malawi, Republic – President Peter Mutharika since 2014
Malta, Republic – President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca since 2014
Mauritius, Republic – President Barlen Vyapoory (acting president) since 2018
Mozambique, Republic – President Filipe Nyusi since 2015
Namibia, Republic – President Hage Geingob since 2015
Nauru, Republic – President Baron Waqa since 2013
Nigeria, Republic – President Muhammadu Buhari since 2015
Pakistan, Republic – President Mamnoon Hussain since 2013
Rwanda, Republic – President Paul Kagame since 2000
Samoa, Republic – President Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II since 2017
Seychelles, Republic – President Danny Faure since 2016
Sierra Leone, Republic – President Ernest Bai Koroma since 2007
Singapore, Republic – President Halimah Yacob since 2017
South Africa, Republic – President Cyril Ramaphosa since 2018
Sri Lanka, Republic – President Maithripala Sirisena since 2015
Tanzania, Republic – President John Magufuli since 2015
The Gambia, Republic – President Adama Barrow since 2017
Trinidad and Tobago, Republic – President Paula-Mae Weekes since 2018
Uganda, Republic – President Yoweri Museveni since 1986
Vanuatu, Republic – President Tallis Obed Moses since 2017
Zambia, Republic – President Edgar Lungu since 2015


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