Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey

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The Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey is the representative of the British monarch in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a Crown dependency of the British Crown. The role of the Lieutenant Governor is to act as the de facto head of state in Guernsey and as liaison between the governments of Guernsey and the United Kingdom. The holder of this office is also ex officio a member of the States of Guernsey but may not vote and, by convention, speaks in the Chamber only on appointment and on departure from post. The duties are primarily diplomatic and ceremonial.

The Lieutenant Governor has his own flag in Guernsey, the Union Flag defaced with the Bailiwick's coat of arms.

In 2010 it was announced that the next Lieutenant-Governor would be recommended to the Crown by a Guernsey panel consisting of the Bailiff of Guernsey, the Seigneur of Sark, and the President of the States of Alderney, sitting with a human resources professional.[1] This new system replaced the previous system of the appointment being made by the Crown on the recommendation of UK ministers.[2] The person selected by this process was former RAF officer Air Marshal Peter Walker, who was sworn in on 15 April 2011.

List of Lieutenant Governors of Guernsey

Title Appointed Name
Serving under Governor of Guernsey: 1770 Lt-Col. Paulus Aemilius Irving
  1784 Lt-Col. William Brown
  1793 Maj-Gen. Thomas Dundas
  1793 Col. James Henry Craig
  1793 Maj-Gen. John Small
  1796 Lt-Gen. Sir Hew Dalrymple
  1803 Maj-Gen. Sir John Doyle, Bt, GCB, KC
  1816 Maj-Gen. Henry Bayly
  1821 Maj-Gen. Sir John Colborne, KCB
  1828 Maj-Gen. John Ross
Lieutenant Governor and Colonel on Staff: 1837 Gen. Sir James Douglas, KCB
  1842 Maj-Gen. Sir William Francis Patrick Napier, KCB
  1848 Lt-Gen. Sir John Bell, KCB
  1854 Lt-Gen. William Thomas Knollys
  1856 Lt-Gen. Sir George Judd Harding, KCB
  1859 Maj-Gen. Marcus John Slade
  1864 Maj-Gen. Charles Rochfort Scott
  1869 Lt-Gen. Edward Charles Frome
  1874 Lt-Gen. Hon. St George Gerald Foley, CB
  1879 Maj-Gen. Alexander Abercromby Nelson, CB
  1883 Maj-Gen. Henry Andrew Sarel, CB
  1885 Lt-Gen. John Henry Ford Elkington, CB
  1889 Gen. Sir Edward Gascoyne Bulwer, KCB
Lieutenant Governor and Commanding the Troops: 1894 Lt-Gen. Nathaniel Stevenson
  1899 Maj-Gen. Michael Henry Saward
  1903 Maj-Gen. Barrington Bulkeley Douglas Campbell, CVO, CB
  1908 Maj-Gen. Robert Auld, CB
  1911 Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Owen Fisher Hamilton, KCB
  1914 Maj-Gen. Sir Henry Merrick Lawson, KCB
  1914 Gen. Sir Reginald Clare Hart VC, GCB, KCVO
  1918 Lt-Gen. Sir Launcelot Edward Kiggell, KCB, KCMG
  1920 Maj-Gen. Sir John Edward Capper, KCB, KCVO
  1925 Maj-Gen. Sir Charles Sackville-West, KBE, CB, CMG
  1929 Maj-Gen. Lord Ruthven of Freeland, CB, CMG, DSO
  1934 Maj-Gen. Sir Edward Nicholson Broadbent, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO
  1939 Maj-Gen. Alexander Telfer-Smollett, CB, CBE, DSO, MC
  1940 Maj-Gen. John Minshull-Ford, CB, DSO, MC (7 to 20 June 1940)
  1940-1945 German Occupation of the Channel Islands - post vacated as part of demilitarisation of the island
Head of the British Military Government: 1945 Rear-Adm. Charles Gage Stuart, DSO, DSC
Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief: 1945 Lt-Gen. Sir Philip Neame, VC, KBE, CB, DSO
  1953 Air Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhirst, KBE, CB, AFC
  1958 Vice-Adm. Sir Geoffrey Robson, KBE, CB, DSO, DSC
  1964 Lt-Gen. Sir Charles Coleman, KCB, CMG, DSO, OBE
  1969 Vice-Adm. Sir Charles Mills, KCB, CBE, DSC
  1974 Vice-Adm. Sir John Edward Ludgate Martin, KCB, DSC
  1980 Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter de Lacey Le Cheminant, GBE, KCB, DFC
  1985 Lt-Gen. Sir Alexander Boswell, KCB, CBE
  1990 Lt-Gen. Sir Michael Compton Lockwood Wilkins, KCB, OBE
  1994 Vice-Adm. Sir John Francis Coward, KCB, DSO
  2000 Lt-Gen. Sir John Paul Foley, KCB, OBE, MC
  2005 Vice-Adm. Sir Fabian Malbon, KBE
  15 April 2011 Air Marshal Peter Walker, CB, CBE


  1. Sark and Alderney could choose the next Lieutenant Governor
  2. Guernsey will choose its next Lieutenant Governor
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