List of heads of state of Belize
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This is a list of the heads of state of Belize, from the independence of Belize in 1981 to the present day.
From 1981 the head of state under the Belize Act 1981 is the Queen of Belize, Elizabeth II, who is also the Monarch of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. The Queen is represented in Belize by a Governor-General.
The succession to the throne is the same as the succession to the British throne.
|Portrait||Reign||Royal House||Prime Minister(s)|
|Reign start||Reign end||Duration|
|1||Queen Elizabeth II
|21 September 1981||Incumbent||38 years, 362 days||Windsor||Price|
The Governor-General is the representative of the Monarch in Belize 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 Belize without the involvement of the British government. In the event of a vacancy the Chief Justice served as Officer Administering the Government.
|Portrait||Term of office||Monarch||Prime Minister(s)|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|1||Dame Elmira Minita Gordon
|21 September 1981||17 November 1993||12 years, 57 days||Elizabeth II||Price|
|2||Sir Colville Young
|17 November 1993||Incumbent||26 years, 305 days||Elizabeth II||Esquivel|
Living former heads of state
There is one living former Belizean Head of State:
|Image||Name||Term/Reign||Office||Date of birth|
|Dame Elmira Minita Gordon||1981–1993||Governor-General of Belize||30 December 1930|