GG to retire next year

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave today served notice of his plans to retire next year.

The 85-year-old former High Court judge has served as this country’s Head of State for the past five years, having acted in post from November 1, 2011 before his formal appointment on June 1 of the following year.

However, during his annual Christmas visit to the Psychiatric Hospital, Black Rock, St Michael today, Sir Elliott told the patients there that “when this time comes around next year, you may well have a new Governor General coming to visit you, because I intend to retire sometime next year.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave making their way to a recent National Honours ceremony.

“By this time next year, if I’m alive and well, I have no intention of visiting as Governor General. I wish to retire and enjoy peace and tranquility and my family,” he added.

His announcement follows that of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last year that he intended on making this island a republic.

However, Sir Elliott, who had previously embraced the idea of changing the current monarchial system, said his reasons for stepping down at this stage were personal. Sir Elliott explained that while he had enjoyed his role as representative of the British Queen, his family’s wishes had prompted his decision to retire.

Rashan Gittens-Alleyne greeting Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave 

Regarded as ‘the Governor General of the people’, since taking up the post in 2012, Sir Elliott has shown himself to be a Head of State with a difference. While others in the past might have been accused of not visiting the trenches but sticking slavishly to their constitutional roles, he was credited for breaking that mould.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave listening attentively to the students. 

Whether it be the crime situation in the country, industrial disharmony, disquiet in the education system, or simple inter-personal relationships, Sir Elliott has not been averse to speaking his mind, offering advice and demonstrating leadership. He even made it clear where he stood  in the debate on Barbados going republic.

“It is a matter for us. So get that clear and let the people know that it is a matter for them to decide,” was his reaction last year to the Prime Minister’s announcement about going republic.

“There doesn’t need to be any fighting about it. All that has to be done is to discuss it, and let those people who don’t know what it entails understand,” Sir Elliott said at the time.

He even quipped that if Barbados eventually went that route, he could still keep his job.

“People seem to think that if Barbados becomes a republic that I will lose my job. That is not so. I wear my job at the pleasure of the Prime Minister and as long as I am able to do it and I don’t say foolishness or do foolishness, he wouldn’t fire me, I don’t think . . . And even if he did, what? Every good thing comes to an end,” said Sir Elliott, who was addressing students at the Mount Tabor Primary School in St John.

Sir Elliott Belgrave (left) toasts centenarian Joseph Graham.

Apart from his expected visits with this island’s centenarians, one of his lasting contributions will be the time he took to visit all of this country’s primary schools. During those visits, Sir Elliott, who was born in St Peter, sought to inspire thousands in the school system by using himself as an example of someone reared in humble circumstances, who through self-esteem, education and focus, had risen to the position of Head of State.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave (right), with his aide-de-camp Captain Carlos Lovell, inspecting the Blossoms and Cubs at Charles F. Broome.

“It does not matter where you come, from you can all do great things once you put you mind to it,” he constantly advised.

The acrostic Sir Elliott.

Since the attainment of Independence, Barbados has been served by six native Governors General. Sir John Stow, the country’s last colonial governor between 1959 and November 29, 1966, was the first Governor General at the achievement of Independence, and he continued in that position until May 1967. In the intervening years, the post was held by Sir Winston Scott – the first native representative of the British monarch. He was followed by Sir Deighton Ward, Sir Hugh Springer, Dame Nita Barrow and Sir Clifford Husbands, whose retirement in 2011 made way for Sir Elliott’s elevation.




62 Responses to GG to retire next year

  1. Renée Taylor
    Renée Taylor December 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Carol Jeannette Taylor

  2. Jay Manny
    Jay Manny December 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Oh well

  3. Cathy-ann Gill
    Cathy-ann Gill December 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Elections year pppffftttt

    • Cheryl Best
      Cheryl Best December 10, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      When you speak something meaningful that could be of use to some one ears should come out of your mouth.

    • Elvin Brome
      Elvin Brome December 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      She just trying to
      Be a jack ass all the time

    • Cathy-ann Gill
      Cathy-ann Gill December 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Thats what Barbados has sadly succumbed to ones opinions being silence….i fear noone

  4. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 10, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    At his age he should of hang up his boots long time ago!

    • Jefferson Hall
      Jefferson Hall December 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Wish the GG a nice retirement Veroniva Boyce is that so hard to do.

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce December 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Jefferson Hall, Nothing states in the employee Handbook one should work until the removal van or undertaker carry you out. Why prolong the agony? He should of retired long time.

    • Jefferson Hall
      Jefferson Hall December 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      You is a real hard hearted woman though. SMH.

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce December 11, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Jefferson Hall, I’m not hard hearted. Good thing he’s not my dad he would of retired long time. He worked hard and contributed to society, he ain’t got no babies (hopefully) to be working until he’s EIGHTY FIVE!

  5. Charles Vanvieldt
    Charles Vanvieldt December 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Where do I send my cv?

    • Jefferson Hall
      Jefferson Hall December 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      To Mia if you looking for the GG job.

      • Carson C Cadogan December 11, 2016 at 7:13 am

        Mia will be just like Clinton, on the outside looking in.

        • harry turnover December 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm

          C C C ….and from keeping my ears close to the ground,you may be on the inside looking out.

  6. Jefferson Hall
    Jefferson Hall December 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Have a blessed retirement Mr GG. You did your country proud.

  7. Marva Pandor
    Marva Pandor December 10, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I hope he will have a very happy retirement,and that he will have a long life to enjoy with his family. I have great admiration for him.

    • Jefferson Hall
      Jefferson Hall December 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Well said Marva. I hope when your time comes you have a blessed retirement too and long life with it.

  8. Marina Taylor
    Marina Taylor December 10, 2016 at 9:28 pm


  9. Chelly Maynard
    Chelly Maynard December 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    the wave good bye at the parade said it all

    • Cheryl Maynard
      Cheryl Maynard December 10, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      For a split second I said to myself “wait I don’t remember me making no comment ” …your name spell wrong…lol…just joking

  10. Cheryl Best
    Cheryl Best December 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Have a good rest and I hope you live go enjoy your retirement

  11. Camille M. Small
    Camille M. Small December 10, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Why wait?

  12. Cheryl Best
    Cheryl Best December 10, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Waloss standing by the standpipe mentality there is a way that seem right to man but the end leads to you know what.

  13. Cheryl Best
    Cheryl Best December 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm


  14. Alisa Cox-West
    Alisa Cox-West December 10, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    There are about 50 others I can think of who also need to retire! Can’t possibly complain about young people not working when there are no jobs available for them to utilize their certificates and degrees.

  15. BaJan boy December 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    The next GG should only act until post general elections. Her views are hers you express yours and who cares..she has a right to express her views the way she sees fit,,

  16. Alison Branch
    Alison Branch December 10, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Walk out sir, rather than be wheeled out, good move.

  17. Sandy Gee
    Sandy Gee December 11, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Have I heard of a GG retiring before? Well I pray he has an enjoyable retirement!

  18. Greengiant December 11, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Mia may have to look for a job herself. Life is very unpredictable. The very best to get G G Sir. Elliott.

  19. Santini More
    Santini More December 11, 2016 at 5:50 am

    March 31 2017 the current GG retires. April 1 2017 his new replacement is Freundel Stewart. April 2 2017 Barbados becomes a Republic…lol

    • Angela Thompson Branch
      Angela Thompson Branch December 11, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Thinking same thing.

    • harry turnover December 11, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Leroy Parris will act as GG whenever Mr.Belgrave retires and after the DEMS win the next elections he will formally be appointed as the next Governor General of Barbados with Denis Kellman ( after he loses his pick in Moon Town ) to act whenever he goes on leave.

  20. seagul December 11, 2016 at 6:35 am

    A community or territory over which a sovereign rules a kingdom is what we in the English sense know as a realm. Several independent nations of the Caribbean region still exist as nations where the British regime remains the realm.These are nation states where the family line of the British monarchy ruled in barbaric and unspeakable terror. A terror which goes by the name of slavery…The jewel crown and velvet gown with all the faithful servants gathered around.

  21. Hal Austin December 11, 2016 at 6:48 am

    In retirement the GG will get his full pay as pension. A nice little earner.

    • Carson C Cadogan December 11, 2016 at 7:16 am


  22. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett December 11, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Saw him at the parade,feet seemed lamed,much effort to get in the car when he was leaving..

  23. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 11, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Should have retired a long time ago! This job needs a younger person.

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria December 11, 2016 at 8:07 am

      He’s a figure head. You don’t need to be young to be wheeled out, dusted off and shown about at important events.

  24. Carson C Cadogan December 11, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Our Republic is just around the corner Families.

  25. Cheryl Best
    Cheryl Best December 11, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I would ask and thank God for allowing me to see his age ,I never see a young GG yet

  26. Cheryl Best
    Cheryl Best December 11, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Some people are heartless,nothing to do with young the person that is speaking young look just as old as him must learn to respect people

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce December 11, 2016 at 9:05 am

      We’re not heartless! It’s reality, man can barely walk. He’s still going to get his pension thank God, so why put oneself through stress putting the weight on his suit?

    • Cheryl Best
      Cheryl Best December 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

      He announced he is retiring why all the negative things would of been nice to say thank you

    • Cheryl Best
      Cheryl Best December 11, 2016 at 10:06 am

      What if he was your dad or grandad

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce December 11, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Cheryl Best, He would be at home resting and enjoying his retirement.

  27. Jennifer December 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I hope the government and the people in Barbados get some sense and DO NOT appoint another one. GOSHHHHH

  28. Jennifer December 11, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Sir John Stow was the last COLONIAL Governor – I wonder what his role was and how it compares to the current role of the GG. I will bet it is still the same role. All this brain washing, indoctrination and assimilation – How loooooong LORD will this go on.

  29. Jennifer December 11, 2016 at 8:47 am

    @seagul – same as isis

  30. jrsmith December 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Nice comments every one ,but had not for the commonwealth and her (Majesty The Queen) we all would be standing at the cross roads with tin cup in hand , as like the African countries ….
    Stop blaming the black man failures on the white pass masters , we are the ones who is failing ourselves……

    @, Carson, C C, hail, hail , our republic is just around the corner , what the republic of Trinidad , I keep repeating this Barbados is there for the takings ,but not by bajans…..we dont even own our own bank , 1% of the island owns all the wealth….

  31. Jennifer December 11, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    @jrsmith – They put the African there with the tin cup to start with. Create a problem then give you the solution. Look up your history luv. Not everyone wants to eat GMO foods and live in a damage environment in the name of development and remain in servitude to this day with the same people owning all the wealth. This cooning needs to stop too.

  32. Whitehill December 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Read a question and answer piece on him some time ago in another news paper, he said that he’d always preferred being a civil servant upon returning from the UK studying law. His reasoning; he didnt want to use his “skills” to help the guilty.
    I said to myself then, here is a jackass fuh muh. After spending time in Britain at the time he did and returned to Barbados not chomping at the bit to see every man jack is afforded due process, guilty or not, I said to myself also, here is a tom fuh yuh.
    Guh long do!

  33. Jennifer December 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Our tin cup is now what we call a JOB as we receive our MASTER and clamber over one another smiling from ear to ear like a true coon to get the position. Africa was too robbed of their gold, diamonds, etc. Kenya still pays 15 000 in reparations to France (same breed of red people in case you did not know) for ending slavery. For heaven sake get educated in history and stop this nonsense.
    @Whitehill – hail hail – well said.

  34. Jennifer December 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    typo – 15 000 000 a year to France look it up. How can they get out of their poverty.

  35. Maureen Sobers December 11, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    If a man or woman is able to get up by the grace of God and do they job , it do not matter the age. People retire when they feel it’s time to. May God bless and keep Mr Belgrave

  36. One love December 12, 2016 at 11:05 am


  37. F.A.Rudder December 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Sir Elliot ! May the coming years be blessed with great memories and reflections of the hard times and more than good times you have experienced as a fellow Barbadian. Now you can enjoy the eastern coast of your island home in an even more pleasurable moment. We wish you well when your retirement goes into full swing. Merry Christmas to you and Mrs Elliot Sir!

  38. F.A.Rudder December 13, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Correction to my post ! I apologize to you Your Excellency Sir Elliot for referring to Lady Belgrave as Mrs Elliot as I had been occupied with pending task at the time of my responding to Barbados Today’s news topic.! Your respectful, —– F.A.Rudder

  39. wade December 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Along with Sir Deighton Ward and Dame Nita Barrow, history will remember Sir Elliott as one of the best the island has had. A true patriot and man of the people.


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