List of heads of state of Jamaica

Monarch (1962–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
(born 1926)
6 August 1962 Incumbent 57 years, 126 days Windsor Bustamante
Sangster
Shearer
Manley
Seaga
Manley
Patterson
Simpson-Miller
Golding
Holness
Simpson-Miller
Holness

Governor-General

The Governor-General is the representative of the Monarch in Jamaica 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 Jamaica 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 Kenneth Blackburne
(1907–1980)
6 August 1962 30 November 1962 116 days Elizabeth II Bustamante
2 Sir Clifford Campbell
(1892–1991)
1 December 1962 28 February 1973 10 years, 89 days Elizabeth II Bustamante
Sangster
Shearer
Manley
Sir Herbert Duffus
(1908–2002)
28 February 1973 27 June 1973 119 days Elizabeth II Manley
3 Sir Florizel Glasspole
(1909–2000)
27 June 1973 31 March 1991 17 years, 277 days Elizabeth II Manley
Seaga
Manley
Sir Edward Zacca
(born 1931)
31 March 1991 1 August 1991 123 days Elizabeth II Manley
4 Sir Howard Cooke
(1915–2014)
1 August 1991 15 February 2006 14 years, 198 days Elizabeth II Manley
Patterson
5 Sir Kenneth O. Hall
(born 1941)
15 February 2006 26 February 2009 3 years, 11 days Elizabeth II Patterson
Simpson-Miller
Golding
6 Sir Patrick Allen
(born 1951)
26 February 2009 Incumbent 10 years, 287 days Elizabeth II Golding
Holness
Simpson-Miller
Holness

Standards

Living former heads of state

There are two living former Jamaican Heads of State:

Image Name Term/Reign Office Date of birth
Sir Kenneth O. Hall 2006–2009 Governor-General of Jamaica (1941-04-24) 24 April 1941
Sir Edward Zacca 1991 Officer Administrating the Government (1931-07-26) 26 July 1931

References

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