List of heads of state of Barbados

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Barbados

This is a list of the heads of state of Barbados, from the independence of Barbados in 1966 to the present day.

From 1966 the head of state under the Barbados Independence Act 1966 is the Queen of Barbados, Elizabeth II, who is also the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. The Queen is represented in Barbados by a Governor-General.

Monarch (1966–present)

The succession to the throne is the same as the succession to the British throne.

Monarch
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Reign Royal House Prime Minister
Reign start Reign end Duration
1 Queen Elizabeth II
(1926–)
Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015.jpg 30 November 1966 Incumbent 53 years, 292 days Windsor Barrow
Adams
St. John
Barrow
Sandiford
Arthur
Thompson
Stuart
Mottley

Governor-General

The Governor-General is the representative of the Monarch in Barbados and exercises most of the powers of the Monarch. The Governor-General is appointed for an indefinite term, serving at the pleasure of the Monarch. After the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Governor-General is appointed solely on the advice of the Cabinet of Barbados without the involvement of the British government. In the event of a vacancy the Chief Justice served as Officer Administering the Government.

Status
  Denotes Chief Justice acting as Officer Administering the Government
Governor-General
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Term of office Monarch Prime Minister
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Sir John Montague Stow
(1911–1997)
No image.png 30 November 1966 18 May 1967 169 days Elizabeth II Barrow
2 Sir Arleigh Winston Scott
(1900–1976)
No image.png 18 May 1967 9 August 1976
(died in office.)
9 years, 83 days Elizabeth II Barrow
Sir William Randolph Douglas
(1921–2003)
No image.png 9 August 1976 17 November 1976 100 days Elizabeth II Barrow
Adams
3 Sir Deighton Lisle Ward
(1909–1984)
No image.png 17 November 1976 9 January 1984
(died in office.)
7 years, 53 days Elizabeth II Adams
Sir William Randolph Douglas
(1921–2003)
No image.png 9 January 1984 24 February 1984 46 days Elizabeth II Adams
4 Sir Hugh Springer
(1913–1994)
No image.png 24 February 1984 6 June 1990 6 years, 102 days Elizabeth II Adams
St. John
Barrow
Sandiford
5 Dame Nita Barrow
(1916–1995)
No image.png 6 June 1990 19 November 1995
(died in office.)
5 years, 166 days Elizabeth II Sandiford
Arthur
Sir Denys Williams
(1929–2014)
No image.png 19 December 1995 1 June 1996 165 days Elizabeth II Arthur
6 Sir Clifford Husbands
(1926–2017)
No image.png 1 June 1996 31 October 2011 15 years, 152 days Elizabeth II Arthur
Thompson
Stuart
[1] Elliott Belgrave
(1931–)
No image.png 31 October 2011 30 May 2012 212 days Elizabeth II Stuart
[2] Sandra Mason
(1949–)
No image.png 30 May 2012 1 June 2012 2 days Elizabeth II Stuart
7 Sir Elliott Belgrave
(1931–)
No image.png 1 June 2012 30 June 2017 5 years, 29 days Elizabeth II Stuart
[3] Sir Philip Greaves
(1931–)
No image.png 1 July 2017 8 January 2018 191 days Elizabeth II Stuart
8 Dame Sandra Mason
(1949–)
No image.png 8 January 2018 Incumbent 2 years, 253 days Elizabeth II Stuart
Mottley

Standards

Living former heads of state

There is one living former Barbadian Head of State:

Image Name Term/Reign Office Date of birth
No image.png Sir Clifford Husbands 1996–2011 Governor-General of Barbados (1926-08-05) 5 August 1926 (age 94)
No image.png Sandra Mason 2012 Officer Administrating the Government (1949-01-17) 17 January 1949 (age 71)

References

  1. ^ Judge of the Supreme Court
  2. ^ Judge of the Supreme Court
  3. ^ Former Deputy Prime Minister