So long, GG!

He has been affectionately referred to as the ‘People’s Governor General’.

And today scores of ordinary Barbadians joined with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and other dignitaries, including Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, as well as several members of Cabinet and the local clergy, for a special worship service to mark the retirement of Sir Elliott Belgrave.

School children – who Sir Elliott paid special attention to during his five year term as Barbados’ Head of State – were also in attendance.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) led the list of official dignitaries to the service in honour of Sir Elliott, seated here with Lady Belgrave.

This evening’s service at the Cathedral Church of St Michael and All Angels in St Michael’s Row, The City, was marked by much pomp and ceremony and included an official guard of honour for the beloved 86-year-old Head of State, who rose from humble beginnings in Boscobel, St Peter to legal heights before occupying the highest office in the land.

Barbadians from all walks of life turned out to say farewell to their beloved Governor General.

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.

Sir Elliott officially leaves office on Friday.

The retired High Court Judge officially leaves the office of Governor General at the end of this month.

However, so far no replacement has been named for Sir Elliott as the local representative of the British monarch, with the Prime Minister having served notice last year that he intended on making this island a republic.

12 Responses to So long, GG!

  1. Saga Boy June 26, 2017 at 1:03 am

    You served well. Happy retirement to you and Lady Belgrave.

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  2. fedup June 26, 2017 at 6:34 am

    He did bored when he leff d bench..i hope d boredom gone now. I know wuh i talking bout.

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  3. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba June 26, 2017 at 7:45 am

    WITH MERE DAYS TO GO, NO REPLACEMENT HAS BEEN FOUND, BECAUSE AN ASS WANT TO MAKE HERE AH REPUBLIC……..PEOPLE WAKE UP..THE COMMUNIST ARE UPON US………LOOK CAREFUL AN SEE WHERE ALL THE FREE GIFTS COMING FROM.

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  4. Mack June 26, 2017 at 8:19 am

    He gave his all to the service of his country. Well done Governer Belgrave and Lady Belgrave!!!!

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  5. Rev. Canon Dr. G. Llewellyn Armstrong, Brooklyn, N.Y. June 26, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Very well done, Sir! You have walked with kings, but never lost the common touch. A true statesman, you have invested heavily in the future of our beloved Country by the legacy you are leaving in the hearts and minds of our children. You did not speak to them from your ‘throne’; you touched them and they touched you; and so there was a mutual ‘touching’ of hearts.
    We thank God for you and your beloved wife, Lady Belgrave.
    May God richly bless you both in your retirement, and may you live to be 100 so that you can receive the same comforting visit from the Governor General that you have made to the many centenarians during your tenure.
    Shalom!

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  6. Quostan Peters June 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Thank you Governor General Belgrave for your outstanding service and contribution to our country and wish you and Lady Belgrave a long lasting, healthy and an enjoyable retirement.

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  7. Menace II Babylon June 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    What lies BBT……”Peoples Governor General? For which people? No one knows or cares about him. Visit any block or secondary school from 3rd form…. Good Riddance to a waste of taxpayers money ( do you really want know how much?) and reminding us of your diabolical colonial system and the atrocities you have carried out on my ancestors.

    If one thing fraudell, rid us of the colonial system let us stand up. Served well, what did he do? Dress up and make attempts to brain wash our little reception age, or doll up for our centurions with his fake mass produced letters for our ancestors with your stupid royal memorabilia. No one cares. No one that is awakened to this royalty foolishness.

    RUN WAY!!! and take ali with you

    MIIB

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    • Jennifer June 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa – well said. Blind leading blind club. Nothing more. DO NOT APPOINT ANOTHER ONE PLEASE. God how loooooonnnnnnnngggggg.

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    • Y BARROW June 30, 2017 at 12:56 am

      you are a dum ass, wish him well if you don’t know what to say

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  8. Belfast June 26, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    The way that this lot is governing, I would not be surprised if the Governor General is not replaced by a General……. General FJ Stuart, President and Commander-in-Chief .

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  9. Peter June 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    For continuity’s sake, I recommend Sandra Mason, Sir Philip Greaves, Sir Sealy, father of Richard Sealy, Elvin Sealy formerly of British Airways even though he is a strong BLP supporter, Make the choice. They are all great candidates… even Sir Errol Mickey Walrond, Husband of Beverly Lady Walrond…….

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  10. Ryan Rowe
    Ryan Rowe June 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for your service to this nation and I hope you do enjoy your retirement Sir.

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