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 dependency of the British Crown. The role of the Lieut-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
  1816 Maj-Gen Henry Bayly]
  1821 Maj-Gen Sir John Colborne
  1828 Maj-Gen John Ross
Lieut-Governor and Colonel on Staff: 1837 Gen James Douglas
  1842 Maj-Gen Sir William Francis Patrick Napier
  1848 Lt-Gen John Bell
  1854 Lt-Gen William Thomas Knollys
  1856 Lt-Gen Sir George Harding
  1859 Maj-Gen Marcus Slade
  1864 Maj-Gen Charles Rochfort Scott
  1869 Lt-Gen Edward Charles Frome
  1874 Lt-Gen Hon St George Gerald Foley
  1879 Maj-Gen Alexander Nelson
  1883 Maj-Gen Henry Sarel
  1885 Lt-Gen John Elkington
  1889 Gen Sir Edward Bulwer
Lieut-Governor and Commanding the Troops: 1894 Lt-Gen Nathaniel Stevenson
  1899 Maj-Gen Michael Saward
  1903 Maj-Gen Barrington Campbell
  1908 Maj-Gen Robert Auld
  1911 Maj-Gen Sir Edward Hamilton
  1914 Maj-Gen SirHenry Merrick Lawson
  1914 Gen Sir Reginald Clare Hart
  1918 Lt-Gen Sir Launcelot Kiggell
  1920 Maj-Gen Sir John Capper
  1925 Maj-Gen Sir Charles Sackville-West
  1929 Maj-Gen Walter Hore-Ruthven
  1934 Maj-Gen Sir Edward Broadbent
  1939 Maj-Gen Alexander Telfer-Smollett
  1940 Maj-Gen John Minshull-Ford
  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
Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief: 1945 Lt-Gen Sir Philip Neame
  1953 Air Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhirst
  1958 Vice-Adm Sir Geoffrey Robson
  1964 Lt-Gen Sir Charles Coleman
  1969 Vice-Adm Sir Charles Mills
  1974 Vice-Adm Sir John Martin
  1980 Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Le Cheminant
  1985 Lt-Gen Sir Alexander Boswell
  1990 Lt-Gen Sir Michael Wilkins
  1994 Vice-Adm Sir John Coward
  2000 Lt-Gen Sir John Paul Foley
  2005 Vice-Adm Sir Fabian Malbon
  2011 Air Marshal Peter Walker


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