Governor-General of the West Indies Federation

The following is a list of the governors-general of the West Indies Federation (also known as the British Caribbean Federation), consisting of Antigua (with Barbuda), Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands. The Federation was formed on 3 January 1958, and was formally dissolved on 31 May 1962.

Governor-General of the West Indies Federation
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StyleHis Excellency The Right Honourable
ResidenceGovernor's House, Port of Spain, Windward Islands
AppointerQueen of the United Kingdom
Formation3 January 1958
First holderThe Baron Hailes
Final holderThe Baron Hailes
Abolished31 May 1962

The Governor-General was constitutionally required to take advice from the Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation, but was by far the more powerful and prestigious of the two positions, containing almost all executive authority within the government and containing powers far beyond that of governors-general in the Dominions.[1]

Governor-General of the West Indies Federation (1958–1962)Edit

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Monarch Prime Minister
Took office Left office Time in office
1   The Lord Hailes
3 January 1958 31 May 1962 4 years, 148 days Elizabeth II Adams


  1. ^ The Growth of the Modern West Indies. Gordon K. Lewis, Ian Randle Publishers, 2004. Pp. 386-90.

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