The sovereign monarch is the head of state of New Zealand and is represented by the governor-general, who is appointed by the sovereign on the advice of the prime minister. Both the sovereign and the governor-general exercise almost all their powers on the advice of the prime minister and other ministers. This is the sovereign monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, opening the New Zealand Parliament in 1954.
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Reference: Pictorial Parade 19. National Film Unit, 1954
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