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Lieutenant Governor

The Lieutenant Governor is Her Majesty's personal representative in the Bailiwick (including the islands of Alderney and Sark).

The office of Lieutenant Governor has its origins as the island resident lieutenant to the "Governor" who was responsible for representing the Crown's interests in the islands and overseeing affairs such as defence. The role of Governor was abolished in 1835 but the office of Lieutenant Governor remains.

The officer holder acts as, amongst other duties: impartial advisor to the Crown; the official channel of communication between the Crown, UK Government and the Bailiwick; representative of the Crown at ceremonial functions on the island; and has certain functions such as the issuance of passports and some statutory duties.

The Lieutenant Governor receives notice of, and regularly attends meetings of, the States of Deliberation.

The Lieutenant Governor usually holds office for a period of five years and representatives of the Bailiwick are involved in the appointment process.

Relevant links & information

The Royal Court of Guernsey

Office of the Lieutenant-Governor

Government House,  The Queen’s Road,  St Peter Port,  Guernsey,  GY1 1GH,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 726666 Email: governorsoffice@gov.gg

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