Acting Governor-General, Sir Philip Greaves, takes the Oath as Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, listens attentively. At centre is Private Secretary, Sandra Watkins. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Former Cabinet Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Philip Marlowe Greaves, KA, QC, has been sworn in to act as Governor-General of Barbados.

Chief Justice, Sir Marston Gibson, administered the oath to Sir Philip during a brief ceremony just after midnight at Government House. Following the ceremony, Sir Philip pledged to do his best to carry out the duties of the office of Governor-General.

Also attending the ceremony were 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.

Sir Philip was first appointed as a Cabinet Minister in 1965 by then Premier of Barbados and National Hero, the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow. He is the only surviving member of the delegation chosen to go to England in 1966 to negotiate for Barbados’ Independence.

He retired from elective politics in 1994, and in 2009, he was conferred with Barbados’ highest honour, Knight of St. Andrew. Former Governor-General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, retired on Friday, June 30, after serving as Head of State since June 1, 2012.

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