Elliott Belgrave

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His Excellency
Sir Elliott Belgrave
Governor-General of Barbados
Assumed office
1 June 2012
Acting: 1 November 2011 – 30 May 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Preceded by Clifford Husbands (2011)
Sandra Mason (Acting, 2012)
Personal details
Born (1931-03-16) 16 March 1931 (age 86)
Boscobel, Barbados
Spouse(s) Loretta Belgrave
Children Susan
Alma mater University College London
Darwin College, Cambridge

Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave,[1] GCMG, KA, CHB, QC (born March 16, 1931[2]), is a Barbadian citizen and retired High Court Judge[3] who has served as Governor-General of Barbados since 1 June 2012 (previously he was Acting Governor-General from 1 November 2011 to 1 June 2012, following the retirement of Clifford Husbands).[4] On 22 May 2012, the Prime Minister of Barbados announced that Belgrave would be appointed as the 7th Barbadian Governor-General of Queen Elizabeth II. In preparation, Justice Sandra Mason was appointed as acting Governor-General on 30 May 2012[5] pending Belgrave's preparation for his own oath-taking ceremony on 1 June.[6]

Education and career[edit]

Sir Elliott is a graduate of University College London (LLB, 1962) and Cambridge (MPhil Criminology, 1979).[7] He served as Director of Public Prosecutions in Barbados and as Judge of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Barbados.[8] He is a Queen's Counsel and was awarded the Companion of Honour of Barbados for his contribution to the legal system in Barbados.[9][10] In December 2016 it was reported that the His Excellency was approaching personal retirement from the post.[11]

Private life[edit]

He is married to Loretta Belgrave,[12] and together they have a daughter named Susan Matheson.[13]

He is a Freemason, and a Past District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Barbados (Scottish Constitution).[14]


He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George on 8 June 2012.[15] He is a Companion of Honour of Barbados.


  1. ^ Governor General sworn in
  2. ^ http://www.rulers.org/indexb2.html
  3. ^ 'Elliott Belgrave is acting GG', Barbados Daily Nation, November 2, 2011
  4. ^ http://rulers.org/rulb1.html#barbados
  5. ^ Justice Sandra Mason acting GG
  6. ^ New Governor General sworn in
  7. ^ ‘BELGRAVE, Sir Elliott (Fitzroy)’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  8. ^ A humble Sir Elliott installed
  9. ^ http://barbadoslaw.com.bb/elliott-f-belgrave
  10. ^ GG speaks on Barbados’ development
  11. ^ GG to retire next year
  12. ^ Over to Sir Elliott
  13. ^ First family
  14. ^ See reports here.
  15. ^ "No. 60166". The London Gazette. 8 June 2012. p. 1. 

External links[edit]

  • Photo, Barbados Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Barbados, Worldstatesmen
Political offices
Preceded by
Clifford Husbands
Governor General of Barbados

Succeeded by
Sandra Mason
Preceded by
Sandra Mason
Governor General of Barbados