Guyana (Commonwealth realm)

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Flag Coat of arms
"One people, one nation, one destiny"
Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains
Capital Georgetown
Languages English
Guyanese Creole
Government Constitutional monarchy
 -  1966–1970 Elizabeth II
 -  1966 Richard Luyt
 -  1966–1969 David Rose (Guyanese politician)
 -  1966–1970 Edward Luckhoo
Prime Minister
 -  1966–1970 Forbes Burnham
Historical era Cold War
 -  Independence 26 May 1966
 -  Republic 23 February 1970
Currency Guyanese dollar

The Commonwealth realm of Guyana, officially known simply as "Guyana", was a predecessor to the modern-day Guyana and an independent state that existed between 26 May 1966[1] and 23 February 1970.[2][3] It was the last constitutional monarchy in South America.

When British rule ended in 1966, Guyana was given independence as a commonwealth realm, in which the state existed until the promulgation of the 1970 constitution. The Republic of Guyana came into existence on 23 February 1970.[3] During the commonwealth realm phase, the British monarch remained head of state of Guyana, and was represented in Guyana by a governor-general. The following governors-generals held office in Guyana during the dominion period:

  1. Sir Richard Luyt (26 May 1966 – 16 December 1966)
  2. Sir David Rose (16 December 1966 – 10 November 1969)
  3. Sir Edward Luckhoo (10 November 1969 – 1 July 1970)

Forbes Burnham held office as prime minister (and head of government) of Guyana during this period. Following the abolition of the monarchy, former Governor-General Sir Edward Luckhoo provisionally became the first President of Guyana.

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  1. ^ "Guyana Independence Act 1966". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Guyana Republic Act 1970". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Guyana Republic Bill". Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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