Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey

The Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey is the representative of the British monarch in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a Crown dependency of the British Crown. The role of the Lieutenant Governor is to act as the de facto head of state in Guernsey and as liaison between the governments of Guernsey and the United Kingdom. The holder of this office is also ex officio a member of the States of Guernsey but may not vote and, by convention, speaks in the Chamber only on appointment and on departure from post. The duties are primarily diplomatic and ceremonial. He has the authority to appointment two members of the board of governors of Elizabeth College and the Priaulx Library.[1]

Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Coat of Arms of Guernsey
Flag of the Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey
Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell CB CBE
since 15 February 2022
StyleHis Excellency
AppointerMonarch of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt His Majesty's Pleasure

The Lieutenant Governor has his own flag in Guernsey, the Union Flag defaced with the Bailiwick's coat of arms.


The Crown appointed Wardens or Keepers to represent its interests in the Channel Islands. After 1473 separate Wardens were appointed for Guernsey and Jersey, the title of Captain or Governor also being used. Around the early 17th century the title of Governor was settled upon, although those appointed to the position of Governor adopted the practice of appointing a lieutenant to carry out their duties in their absence. By the 19th century the post of Governor of Guernsey had become a sinecure and the position was abolished in 1835. Since then Lieutenant Governors have continued to be appointed.[1]

In 2010 it was announced that the next Lieutenant-Governor would be recommended to the Crown by a Guernsey panel consisting of the Bailiff of Guernsey, the Seigneur of Sark, and the President of the States of Alderney, sitting with a human resources professional.[2] This new system replaced the previous system of the appointment being made by the Crown on the recommendation of UK ministers.[3] The first person selected by this process was former RAF officer Air Marshal Peter Walker, who was sworn in on 15 April 2011.

A roll of honour of the Governors and Lieutenant Governors of Guernsey from 1198 to date has been installed at Government House.[4]

List of lieutenant governors of Guernsey

1689-1690: Colonel Sidney Godolphin [5]
1704-1708: Sir Edmund Andros

See also


  1. "Lieutenant Governors". Royal Court of Guernsey. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. "Sark and Alderney could choose the next Lt-Governor". Guernsey Press. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  3. "Guernsey will choose its next Lt-Governor". Guernsey Press. 3 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  4. "800 years of history on new roll of honour". Guernsey Press. 1 April 2017.
  5. Cruickshanks 1970.
  6. "No. 22245". The London Gazette. 1 April 1859. p. 1369.
  7. "No. 34053". The London Gazette. 25 May 1934. p. 3353.
  8. "New Lt-Governor is a career Navy man". Guernsey Press. 16 February 2016.
  9. "Guernsey's Lieutenant-Governor: Richard Cripwell to be sworn in". BBC News. 15 February 2022. Retrieved 15 February 2022.


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