My father took some pride in being a subject of the monarch
and having fought for same in the Great War. He considered it
a distinct and honourable attribute that gave status over
other forms of relationship to one's political entity. That's
about all I can contribute that is halfway relevant to your
query and of some degree of certainty. So far as I know, before
1949 all territories ruled by the King of England and Emperor
of India had subjects. But I say that from no sense of authority


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I'm curious: how did this work before 1949?  Were some people subjects and
other citizens, or was everyone but the monarch (and perhaps immediate
family) subjects?  Or did it vary geographically, or on some other basis?
Don't know much about this, and I've wondered periodically without ever
bothering to look it up.

Tom K

In a message dated 2/4/2004 6:03:02 PM Eastern Standard Time, Peter
Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> writes:

>I am under the vague imprssion that as of the
>Council of Westminster of 1949, which more or less established
>the Commonwealh, that subject status ceased, and everyone
>became citizens. Not sure, but I think subject status has gone.
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>From: Rickard A. Parker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 2:32 PM
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>"Rickard A. Parker" wrote:
>> While searching I came upon a quiz that I will reword and give here:
>> There are three Americans memorialized at Poet's Corner but not buried
>> there.  One was always an American citizen and is buried in America.
>> Two became British subjects and, of these, one's resting place is in
>> England and the other's is in America.  Identify each.
>Last night Rick Seddon sent me a private post.  He did some searching
>and got the answer.  I'll not supply the answer for a bit longer though.
>    Rick Parker