The Office

The Office of Governor General

Mission

To perform all required of the Governor-General as directed by the Constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis, firstly, as the representative of the Queen for all purposes of the Government and secondly, as a Federal Officer in discharging certain functions on behalf of the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Objective

The overall objective is to perform all functions required of the Governor General as directed by the Constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis as representative of the Queen for all purposes of the Government and as a Federal Officer in discharging certain functions on behalf of the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Functions of Governor-General

The Governor General, as the Head of State, will execute the functions as outlined in the Constitution as required to support the strategies and programmes of the Government and people of the Federation. This includes:
1. Appoint the Ministers of Cabinet
2. Host State events such as luncheons and receptions
3. Attend ceremonial parades
4. Appoint members of the Sundry Boards and Commissions such as the Boundaries Commission and Planning Board
5. Accept Letters of Credence of Ambassadors
6. Responsible for the Service Commissions, appointments, discipline and operation of the Civil Service and Police Force

Government House

In 1883: After Archdeacon Gibbs retired, Springfield House was declared as the official residence of the Head of Government, Charles Monroe Eldrige was the Lieutenant Governor of St.Kitts from 1883 to October, 1888 (acting to 1885). Charles Monroe Eldrige was the first Head of Government to occupy Springfield House. From that time onwards the building was called ‘Government House‘.

Today, Government House remains the official residence of the Governor-General.