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The Governor-General of Jamaica represents the Queen of Jamaica, Elizabeth II.

The monarch, on the advice of the prime minister, appoints a Governor-General as his or her representative in Jamaica. Both the monarch and the Governor-General hold much power, but rarely exercise it, usually only in emergencies and, in some cases,[which?] war.

The Governor-General represents the monarch on ceremonial occasions such as the state opening of Parliament, the presentation of honours, and military parades. Under the Constitution, they are given authority to act in some matters, for example in appointing and disciplining officers of the civil service, proroguing Parliament, and so on, but only in a few cases do they have the power to act entirely at their own discretion.[3]

Jamaican republicanism, a position which is held by the current Jamaican government, generally advocates for the replacement of the Governor-General with a non-executive president.

List of Governors-General of Jamaica

Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Monarch
(Reign)
Sir Kenneth Blackburne
(1907–1980)
6 August
1962
30 November
1962
Elizabeth II
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(1962–present)
Sir Clifford Campbell
(1892–1991)
1 December
1962
2 March
1973
Sir Herbert Duffus
(1908–2002) (acting)
2 March
1973
27 June
1973
Sir Florizel Glasspole
(1909–2000)
27 June
1973
31 March
1991
Sir Edward Zacca
(1931–2019) (acting)
31 March
1991
1 August
1991
Sir Howard Cooke
(1915–2014)
1 August
1991
15 February
2006
Sir Kenneth O. Hall
(1941–)
15 February
2006
26 February
2009
Sir Patrick Allen
(1951–)
26 February
2009
Incumbent

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