Governor-General of Jamaica

Governor-General of Jamaica

Coat of Arms of Jamaica

Sir Patrick Linton Allen

since 26 February 2009
Style His Excellency the Most Honourable

King's House, Jamaica

(Government House)
Appointer Monarch of Jamaica
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 6 August 1962
First holder Sir Kenneth Blackburne
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The Governor-General of Jamaica represents the Jamaican monarch and head of state, currently Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen, on the advice of the prime minister, appoints a governor-general as her representative in Jamaica. Both the Queen and the governor-general hold much power, but rarely exercise it, usually only in emergencies and in some cases war.

The governor-general represents the monarch on ceremonial occasions such as the opening of parliament, the presentation of honors, and military parades. Under the constitution, he or she is given authority to act in some matters, for example in appointing and disciplining officers of the civil service, proroguing parliament, and so on, but only in a few cases does he have the power to act entirely at his own discretion.[1]

Jamaican republicanism, a position which is held by the current Jamaican government, generally advocates for the replacement of the governor-general with a president.

Governors-General of Jamaica

From To Name
6 August 1962 30 November 1962 Sir Kenneth Blackburne
1 December 1962 2 March 1973 Sir Clifford Campbell
2 March 1973 27 June 1973 Sir Herbert Duffus
27 June 1973 31 March 1991 Sir Florizel Glasspole
31 March 1991 1 August 1991 Sir Edward Zacca
1 August 1991 15 February 2006 Sir Howard Cooke
15 February 2006 26 February 2009 Sir Kenneth O. Hall
26 February 2009 Present Sir Patrick Allen

See also


  1. "Government of Jamaica", Jamaica Information Service

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