(Afrikaans Text signed by the Governor-General.)
(Assented to 24th March, 1948.)
Preamble. Whereas by Royal Proclamation dated the thirteenth day of May, 1927, issued under an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom entitled the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act, 1927 (17 Geo. V. C.4), the Style and Titles of His Majesty the King were appointed and declared to be “Georgius VI, Dei Gratia Magnae Britannica, Hiberniae et terrarum transmarinarum quae in ditione sunt Britannica Rex, Fidei Defensor, Indiae Imperator” in the Latin tongue, and “George VI by the Grace of God of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India” in the English tongue respectively:
And whereas it is set out by way of preamble to an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom entitled the Statute of Westminster, 1931 (22 Geo. V. C.4), that any alteration in the law touching the Royal Style and Titles shall require the assent as well of the Parliaments of all the Dominions as of the Parliament of the United Kingdom:
And whereas the aforesaid provision of the Statute of Westminster was adopted as a portion of the law of the Union by virtue of section three of the Status of the Union Act, 1934 (Act No. 69 of 1934):
And whereas as a result of constitutional changes in India which became operative on the fifteenth day of August, 1947, it is expedient that an alteration be made in the Royal Style and Titles accordingly:
Now therefore, be it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Union of South Africa, as follows:―
1. The Governor-General may declare, by proclamation in the Gazette, that the Royal Style and Titles may be amended by the omission in the Latin version of the words “Indiae Imperator”, and in the English version of the words “Emperor of India”, with effect from the fifteenth day of August, 1947.
2. This Act shall be called the Royal Style and Titles Act, 1948.