Addressing The Governor General

  • 2.1. The Governor-General and spouse should be styled as "Your Excellency" or "Your Excellencies" when being spoken to directly. When either person is being spoken about outside of their presence they should be styled "His Excellency" or "Her Excellency" respectively or as "Their Excellencies" when both are being referred to.
    • 2.1.1. The style of address for the present Governor-General is: His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George, Knight Grand Collar of The Most Distinguished Order of The Nation, Knight of The Most Venerable Order of The Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, MBBS (UWI) - Medical Bachelor, Bachelor of Surgery - University of The West Indies, Mona.
    • 2.1.2. In addressing the Governor General, the title 'Sir' supersedes any other professional prefixes. Therefore Sir and Dr should not be used together.
    • 2.1.3. The abbreviated form of addressing the Governor-General in correspondence is:
      His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams GCMG, KGN, KSt.J, MBBS (UWI).
    • 2.1.4. The address in your correspondence would appear like this:
      Private Secretary to the Governor General
      Government House
      Independence Drive
      St. John's
  • 2.2. The style of address for the wife of the Governor-General is:
    Her Excellency Lady Sandra Williams BA, MSc, DipM, MCIM or Her Excellency Lady Williams
  • 2.3. Should you wish to address both the Governor-General and his spouse in writing, the correct format is:
    Their Excellencies Sir Rodney Williams GCMG, KGN, KSt.J, MBBS (UWI)
    Governor-General and Lady Williams or
    Their Excellencies The Governor-General and Lady Williams.

For any further information on these protocol guidelines, please contact the Office of the Governor General - 268 462 0002/3/4

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