The Queen's role
Her Majesty is Queen of the Solomon Islands, and as such, she has a unique relationship with this remote group of islands in the south-west Pacific. She is kept fully briefed on matters of Government on the islands, and Royal visits throughout her reign have helped strengthen the relationship between the Solomon Islands and its Monarchy.
The Solomon Islands is a ‘constitutional monarchy’, meaning that The Queen is Head of State, though she acts entirely on the advice of her Government ministers in the country.
Her Majesty is represented in the Solomon Islands on a day-to-day basis by a Governor-General. He or she is appointed by The Queen on the advice of the ministers of the Solomon Islands and is completely independent of the British Government.
In all her duties relating to the islands, she speaks and acts as Queen of The Solomon Islands, and not as Queen of the UK.
The Solomon Islands have enjoyed a number of Royal visits over the course of The Queen’s reign, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2012 visit to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the islanders
The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, first visited in 1974. The Duke of Edinburgh returned for two solo visits, in 1959 and 1971.
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness visited the islands again in October 1982 after attending the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The Queen’s Young Leaders
Christina Houaisuta from the Solomon Islands was one of the 60 young people from across the Commonwealth recognised as exceptional leaders in their community, the first Queen’s Young Leaders. In 2015 Christina joined the other Queen’s Young Leaders for a programme of training in the UK, where she received her award in person from The Queen.
She set up a community group that makes women aware of their rights and helps them receive training and education.
Christina hopes that helping women to find new skills will enable them to find employment and better able to take care of themselves independently.