Guyana (1966–1970)

Guyana was a predecessor to the modern-day Co-operative Republic of Guyana and an independent state that existed between 1966 and 1970.

Motto: "One people, one nation, one destiny"
Anthem: "Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains"
Common languagesOfficial
Vernacular language
Guyanese Creole
GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
Elizabeth II
Richard Luyt
David Rose
Edward Luckhoo
Prime Minister 
Forbes Burnham
26 May 1966
23 February 1970
CurrencyGuyanese dollar
Preceded by
Succeeded by
British Guiana
Today part ofGuyana


British rule ended on 26 May 1966 when Guyana was given independence from the United Kingdom by the Guyana Independence Act 1966,[1] which transformed British Guiana into an independent sovereign state. Elizabeth II was Queen of Guyana; however, she did not reside in but only visited Guyana once during her reign as Queen of Guyana. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to her representative Governor-General of Guyana. Forbes Burnham held office as prime minister (and head of government) of Guyana during this period.

The Republic of Guyana was formed on 23 February 1970 when Guyana became a republic in the Commonwealth.[2][3]

Following the abolition of the monarchy, former Governor-General Sir Edward Luckhoo provisionally became the de facto acting head of state of Guyana.


The following governors-general held office:

  1. Sir Richard Luyt (26 May 1966–16 December 1966)
  2. Sir David Rose (16 December 1966–10 November 1969)
  3. Sir Edward Luckhoo (10 November 1969–1 July 1970)


  1. "Guyana Independence Act 1966". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. "Guyana Republic Act 1970". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. "Guyana Republic Bill". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
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