Government House

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Government House is the name of many of the residences of Governors-General, Governors and Lieutenant-Governors in the Commonwealth and the remaining colonies of the British Empire. It serves as the venue for the Governor's official business, as well as the many receptions and functions hosted by the occupant. Sometimes, "Government House" is used as a metonym for the Governor or his office.

Government Houses in the Commonwealth of Nations[edit]


Antigua and Barbuda[edit]


The Bahamas[edit]



British Virgin Islands[edit]


Cayman Islands[edit]

Government House, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman is the official residence of the Governor of the Cayman Islands.


Government House, Roseau is the official residence of the President of Dominica.

Falkland Islands[edit]


Government House, Suva is located on Victoria Parade, Suva. It is the home of the President of Fiji and was built in 1928 to replace the original building - the residence of the colonial governor - which burnt to the ground after being struck by lightning in 1921.


Rashtrapati Bhavan was originally Government House, New Delhi. It was built as a residence for the Viceroy of India. From 1947 until 1950, it was the residence of the Governor-General of India. Since 1950, the President of India has lived in this building.

Government House, Calcutta was the Viceroy's residence until 1911, when the Governor of Bengal moved in.

Isle of Man[edit]

Government House, Governor's Road, Onchan is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, Her Majesty's representative on the Island.


King's House, Jamaica, is also known as Government House.


The public are invited to Government House in Jersey for the annual Queen's Birthday reception

Government House, St Saviour is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey (currently Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew Ridgway). It is also the official residence of the Duke of Normandy (currently Queen Elizabeth II) as head of state when staying in Jersey.


Government House is the former name of State House, which is the official residence of the President and First Lady of Kenya.


New Zealand[edit]

Government House, Wellington is the primary residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand. There is a second house in Auckland, Government House, Auckland.

Official Link: Governor-General of New Zealand


Saint Kitts and Nevis[edit]

Saint Lucia[edit]

South Africa[edit]

Government Houses outside the Commonwealth of Nations[edit]



Hong Kong[edit]




United States of America[edit]

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