Former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Philip Greaves has been sworn in as acting Governor General following the retirement of Sir Elliott Belgrave.
Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson administered the oath at Government House just after midnight, in the presence of Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force Colonel Glyne Grannum; acting Commissioner of Police, Oral Williams; Cabinet Secretary Andrew Cox; Aide-de-Camp Captain Ashton Caddle and Private Secretary Sandra Watkins.
Following the brief ceremony, Sir Philip pledged to do his best to execute the duties of the office of Governor General.
Sir Philip was first appointed a Cabinet Minister in 1965 by the then Prime Minister Errol Barrow and is the only surviving member of the delegation chosen to travel to England in 1966 to negotiate Barbados’ independence.
He served as Member of Parliament for St Michael North from 1965 to 1994, when he retired from elective politics. In Parliament, Sir Philip held the positions of Leader of Government Business in the Senate and in the House of Assembly.
In 2009 he was conferred with Barbados’ highest honour, Knight of St Andrew.
His predecessor Sir Elliott Belgrave retired on Friday after serving as Head of State since June 1, 2012.