Governor-General of Barbados

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Governor-General of Barbados
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Incumbent
Dame Sandra Mason
GCMG, DA, QC

since 8 January 2018
Viceroy
StyleHer Excellency
ResidenceGovernment House, Barbados
AppointerMonarch of Barbados
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation30 November 1966
First holderSir John Montague Stow
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The Governor-General of Barbados is the representative of the Barbadian monarch (presently Queen Elizabeth II). Under the government's Table of Precedence for Barbados, the Governor-General of Barbados is regarded as being the most important of all personnel of the Barbados government.[1]

The office is accorded legitimacy by Chapter IV of the Constitution of Barbados.[2] The Governor-General is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister of Barbados.[3][4] The Governor-General exercises executive powers and who assents to bills in the monarch's name before they can become promulgated into law.[5] The Barbados constitution limits the powers of the Governor-General (known as a constitutional monarchy system of governance).[6] This effectively limits the powers of the Queen, as it does the Governor-General, who, in most instances, exercises authority on the advice of the prime minister or other persons or bodies within Barbados.[7]

The Office of the Governor-General was established when Barbados gained independence in 1966. Since the settlement of Barbados by the British, Barbados has had 68 Governors and subsequently 8 Governors-General.

Duties[edit]

The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoints a Governor-General to be her representative in Barbados.[8][9] Both the Queen and the Governor-General hold much power of the country, though it is rarely used unilaterally; it is usually only used in such a way in emergencies and in some cases war.[10]

A simplified diagram of the Barbados government

The Governor-General represents the Queen on ceremonial occasions such as the opening of parliament and the presentation of honours and military parades. Under the constitution, the Governor-General is given authority to act in some matters; for example, in appointing and disciplining officers of the civil service,[11] granting "any person convicted of any offence against the laws of Barbados a pardon",[12] and in proroguing parliament. But, in only a few cases is the Governor-General empowered to act entirely on his/her own discretion.

The Governor-General of Barbados also chairs the Privy Council of Barbados.

List of Governors-General of Barbados[edit]

On 30 November 1966, Barbados achieved independence from Britain.

Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Notes Monarch
(Reign)
1 Sir John Montague Stow
(1911–1997)
30 November
1966
18 May
1967
Elizabeth II
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(1966–present)
2 Sir Arleigh Winston Scott
(1900–1976)
18 May
1967
9 August
1976
Died in office
- Sir William Douglas
(1921–2003)
9 August
1976
17 November
1976
Acting (first time)
3 Sir Deighton Lisle Ward
(1909–1984)
17 November
1976
9 January
1984
Died in office
- Sir William Douglas
(1921–2003)
10 January
1984
24 February
1984
Acting (second time)
4 Sir Hugh Springer
(1913–1994)
24 February
1984
6 June
1990
5 Dame Nita Barrow
(1916–1995)
6 June
1990
19 December
1995
Died in office
- Sir Denys Williams
(1929–2014)
19 December
1995
1 June
1996
Acting
6 Sir Clifford Husbands
(1926–2017)
1 June
1996
31 October
2011
- Sir Elliott Belgrave
(1931–)
1 November
2011
30 May
2012
Acting
- Dame Sandra Mason
(1949–)
30 May
2012
1 June
2012
Acting
7 Sir Elliott Belgrave
(1931–)
1 June
2012
30 June
2017
- Sir Philip Greaves
(1931–)
1 July
2017
8 January
2018
Acting
8 Dame Sandra Mason
(1949–)
8 January
2018
Incumbent

Official oath of office[edit]

According to the First Schedule section of the Constitution of Barbados, the official Oath of office for the Governor-General of Barbados is as follows:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table of Precedence for Barbados - July, 2008
  2. ^ Constitution, Chapter IV
  3. ^ Constitution, Chapter IV, Section 28(1)
  4. ^ Constitution, Chapter IV, Section 32
  5. ^ Constitution, Chapter V, Section 58(1)
  6. ^ Constitution, Chapter IV, Section 32
  7. ^ Constitution, Chapter IV, Section 32
  8. ^ "Queen's role in Barbados". The Monarchy Today: Queen and State. The Barbadian Monarchy. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  9. ^ Constitution, Chapter VI, Part 1; Section 28
  10. ^ Constitution, Chapter III, Part 15; Section 25(1)(a)
  11. ^ The role of GG is not just ceremonial, says Arthur
  12. ^ Constitution, Chapter VI, Part 2; Section 78(1)(a)

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