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Governor-General expresses Sympathy for Caribbean Neighbours

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen who has been in dialogue his with Governmental Officials in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from early last week has pledged his solidarity for the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. His Excellency expressed that, what has happened in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the surrounding region is an […]

Online Condolence Signing for The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

King’s House, Jamaica:  Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has advised that no physical condolence books will be opened for members of the public or members of the Diplomatic Corps to sign subsequent to the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, 2021. This decision has been taken in light […]

Governor-General’s Statement on the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

The following release has been issued by The Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen. “This morning Buckingham Palace announced the passing of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and beloved husband of Her Majesty the Queen. “The Royal Family has lost a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, whose dedication to the Crown, his country […]

Eight Judges Appointed to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal

  Eight judges have been appointed to serve in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal for the Easter Term. Three each were appointed to act as Judges of Appeal and Puisne Judges, while two will act as Masters-in-Chambers. The Judges, which included one male, took and subscribed The Oath of Allegiance and The […]

Olive Senior is Jamaica’s 2021-2024 Poet Laureate

Internationally-acclaimed Jamaican Author and Poet, Olive Senior, has been invested as Poet Laureate of Jamaica.  The Investiture Ceremony took place at King’s House on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Ms. Senior, who is the third Poet Laureate of Independent Jamaica, follows in the footsteps of other recognized Poets Laureate, including Claude McKay, John Clare Ebenezer McFarlane, […]

His Excellency Marks World Day of Social Justice

On World Day of Social Justice, we pause to recognise Social Justice in addressing some of the most pressing human concerns such as poverty, exclusion, gender equality, unemployment, human rights, and social protection. When we work together to tackle these issues, we create opportunities for social solidarity, peace, and equality. Across the world, many organisations […]

G-G Says Disaster Risk Management Act to be Amended

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says amendments will be made to the Disaster Risk Management Act to sufficiently meet ever-changing realities. Delivering the Throne Speech at the ceremonial opening of Parliament at Gordon House today, he said the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and its portfolio agencies, and local authorities, play […]

Governor-General Calls On All Sectors To Join Forces To Rebuild Economy

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is calling on all sectors of society to join forces to aid in rebuilding and bolstering the economy, in the post-coronavirus (COVID-19) period. “We must not only rebuild what we have lost; every Jamaican, every entrepreneur, every civil servant, every business, and every government agency must […]

Hugh Gentles Sworn-in as New Custos of Trelawny

  Businessman and Senior Justice of the Peace, Hugh Gentles, has been sworn-in as Custos of Trelawny.   Mr Gentles was sworn-in by Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen in a small ceremony at King’s House this morning. In giving brief Remarks, Sir Patrick Allen said, “Mr. Gentles’ appointment follows the resignation of the Honourable Paul Muschett, […]

35 Jamaicans Receive 2020 Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA)

Thirty-five (35) inspiring Jamaicans have been selected to receive the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA). The award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to community and nation building, will be presented in a virtual ceremony to be staged in February 2021, under the theme: ‘Engaging, Empowering & Inspiring Jamaicans’. The GGPE (Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence) is pleased to […]

The Hon. Mrs Justice Dunbar-Green appointed to serve in the High Court

King’ House, Jamaica: The Honourable Mrs. Justice Marcia Dunbar-Green, a Puisne Judge in the Court of Appeal, has been sworn-in by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen to act as a Judge of Appeal. The swearing-in ceremony took place at King’s House this morning. The Governor-General said that Justice Dunbar Green’s appointment completed the slate of Judges […]

IBI WELCOMES 37 NEWLY INDUCTED AMBASSADORS

Thirty-seven (37) youth and community champions were inducted as ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors. The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) hosted the 2020 IBI Ambassadors’ Induction Ceremony, under the theme ‘Engaging, Empowering & Inspiring Jamaicans’. The virtual ceremony was also used to showcase how the Programme uses its activities to engage and empower IBI Ambassadors […]

Governor-General Swears in Mr. Hugh Faulkner as The New Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years. Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be […]

GG Suspends Use of GCMG Insignia

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image.  This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the  image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects […]

The Governor-General’s Insignia of The Order of St. Michael and St. George

The Office of The Governor-General wishes to acknowledge and address the attention being brought to the Governor-General’s Star of The Order of St. Michael and St. George.   Named in honour of two military saints, it dates back to the 19th century in commemoration of the British protectorate over the Ionian Islands and Malta. Initially […]

Governor-General Pays Tribute to Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed heartfelt sympathy at the passing of Mrs. Shahine Robinson, Labour and Social Security Minister and Member of Parliament for St. Ann North East. We remember Minister Robinson as a highly respected and diligent parliamentarian who had a distinguished career in public service for 19 years. She was impassioned, dedicated […]

Post-COVID-19 Jamaica Will Be More Efficient, Says GG

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says Jamaica should become accustomed to the new way of life ushered in by the coronavirus, which has sent millions of jobs around the world into homes and others into virtual spaces. Sir Patrick, in an exclusive interview with The Sunday Gleaner, said that even with the pandemic reaching the island, […]

GG Rallies Jamaicans To Back COVID-19 Fight

Jamaica’s Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has called for his compatriots to throw support behind the Government’s efforts to combat the global pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 worldwide and brought economies to their knees. Sir Patrick, in an appeal to Jamaicans last week during an exclusive interview with The Gleaner, said that despite […]

Governor-General Swears in Five Judges to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court

In a joint virtual ceremony held on April 28th at King’s House and the Supreme Court, His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen swore in Judges to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The Hon. Mrs. Justice Vivene Harris appointed to act as Judge in the Court of Appeal and The Hon. Mrs. […]

King’s House Advisory – COVID-19 Pandemic

The Office of the Governor-General and Staff wishes to advise the public that in response to safety concerns and the new guidelines established to combat the spread of COVID-19, that all social programmes to include Tours, Events, Courtesy Calls, and other visits to King’s House have been postponed with immediate effect and until further notice. […]

GG attends National Prayer Breakfast 2020

Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen, Patron for the National Prayer Breakfast, delivered his remarks at the annual staging of the initiative held at the Jamaica Pegasus on January 16, 2020. Addressing the theme “Pursuing the Power of Peace”, His Excellency issued a call to action for countrymen to model the Prayer of St. Francis of […]

Governor- General Swears in Chief Parish Judge

On Monday, January 6, 2020, His Honour Mr. Chester Crooks was sworn in as Chief Parish Judge by His Excellency The Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen in a ceremony held in the Ballroom at King’s House. His Excellencey noted that the occasion signified a major contribution to the ongoing efforts by Chief Justice Brian Sykes […]

Miss World Pinned ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassador

Miss World 2019, Toni-ann Singh was pinned an ‘I Believe’ (IBI) Ambassador and inducted into the ‘I Believe Initiative’ on a Courtesy Call at King’s House on Monday, December 23rd. Governor- General, Sir Patrick Allen noted that Miss Singh was fit to represent the IBI in keeping with her project at the Women’s Centre Foundation […]

The Governor-General Extends Congratulations to Lorna Goodison, Recipient of The Queen’s Gold Medal For Poetry 2019

  Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Author, and Painter Lorna Goodison CD, has been awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal For Poetry on the basis of the body of her work. Named Poet Laureate in 2017, Goodison’s work is inclusive of Tamarind Season (1980), Heartease (1988), Traveling Mercies (2001), Controlling the Silver (2005), Goldengrove: New and Selected […]

GG Commissions Fifty-Five Justices of the Peace in St. James

“The faithful fifty-five” quipped Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen in his address to the men and women to be sworn in as Justices of the Peace in the parish of St. James on Thursday, December 12th.  The Governor General commended them for their response and commitment to duty’s call, having made the conscious decision to be […]

GG Says National Prayer Vigil Still Relevant

  “The National Prayer Vigil is still relevant today as it was 27 years ago” Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has said.  He was delivering Remarks at the Prayer Vigil which took place at the Coke Methodist Church, Morant Bay, St Thomas on Sunday, December 8. Addressing the theme of the 2019 Vigil, “Justice, Peace and […]

GG expresses condolence on passing of Amb Pat Durrant

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has said that with the recent passing of Ambassador the Hon. M. Patricia Durrant, Jamaica has lost a distinguished citizen and an outstanding representative. In a Statement today, the Governor-General said Ambassador Durrant was one of those career diplomats who was equally effective both at home within the local Foreign […]

New Integrity Commissioner Appointed

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Keisha Prince   has been appointed as the Acting Director of Corruption Prosecution of the Integrity Commission.  Miss Prince received her Instrument of Appointment from Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen in a brief ceremony at King’s House this morning. Miss Prince, who has been seconded to the Commission for six months effective […]

2020 Jamaica Rhodes Scholar

Twenty-three year old Samuel Bailey is the 2020 Jamaica Rhodes Scholar.  He was selected   from a field of ten candidates at King’s House on Thursday, November 21, 2019. In making the announcement, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, who headed the Selection Committee, said the choice was difficult because all the candidates were outstanding and were patriotic […]

Use of King’s House East Lawn

Note has been taken of inaccuracies in a story appearing in the Tuesday, November 12, 2019  edition of the Daily Observer regarding the unavailability of the King’s House East Lawn for parking for  the ‘Shaggy and Friends Concert’ staged at  the Jamaica House Grounds. Although it is not the policy of King’s House to complain […]

Governor-General Lays Wreath on Remembrance Day

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph at National Heroes Park on ‘Remembrance Day’, Sunday November 10 in memory of those who died in the Two World Wars. Commonly observed by the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Countries, a two-minute period of silence ensues at the 11th hour to remember those who have […]

GOVERNOR-GENERAL TO HOST YOUTH CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Patrick Allen is to host his annual Youth Consultative Conference on Wednesday, November 6  at the Montego Bay Convention Centre under the theme “ End Human Trafficking”. The conference is held under His Excellency’s ‘I Believe’ initiative, which takes a targeted approach at addressing young people and providing a […]

The significance of the Poppy

The areas of Northern France known as Flanders and Picardy saw some of the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting in the First World War. There was complete devastation. Buildings, roads, trees, and natural life simply disappeared. Where there once were homes and farms, was a sea of mud, and graves for the dead where men […]

World Mental Health Day Proclamation

      World Mental Health Day will be observed on Thursday, October 10, and last Friday, October 4, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen read the Proclamation at King’s House.  In a rare departure, the Governor-General opted to read the Proclamation which is usually read by the Governor-General’s Secretary. This year, the theme for World Mental […]

Two New IBI Ambassadors Inducted

International Motivational Executive Coach, Dr Lisa Walker and her husband, Dr Peter Walker, Senior Director at Visa, are the newest I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors.  They were inducted by IBI Patron, Sir Patrick Allen during the Panel Discussion for Campus Ministries Day which The Governor-General hosted at King’s House on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The […]

ASI/IBI Campus Ministries Day 2019

Some 550 students from 10 tertiary institutions across the Island  met in the Ballroom  at King’s House on Saturday, September 21 for the annual  Campus Ministries Day Youth  Panel Discussion sponsored by Adventist-laypersons Industries (ASI)  and the I Believe Initiative (IBI). Under the theme “The Builder’s Mindset,” the five-member panel discussed four sub themes, “The […]

New Zealand High Commissioner

His Excellency Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (left) converses with the newly-accredited New Zealand High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Anton Ojala during a Courtesy Call at King’s House of Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  The High Commissioner, who is resident in Barbados, wears a Maori korowai cloak which is a symbol of authority.

Miss Jamaica World 2019

“Who will go to London?” That is the question Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen asked the 16 Finalists  in the Miss Jamaica World Competition when they  visited him on a Courtesy Call at King’s House on Wednesday, September 12, 2019.  Sir Patrick told the contestants they were all winners.  He encouraged them to do their best […]

Governor-General’s Scholarship Rekindles Hope for Teenage Mother

After being in the academic wilderness for an entire year in 2018, twenty-three year-old Kinshasa Johnson was among three students awarded with The Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative Summer of Service Scholarships to attend the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). She was presented with a scholarship in the sum of over one million dollars ($J1, 000,000) to […]

Belgian Ambassador Presents Credentials

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium,  Mr.  Hugo Verbist at King’s House on Tuesday, September 11. Sir Patrick noted that Belgium and Jamaica have had good relations and he looked forward to a continuation as both countries played their part in “advancing the welfare of […]

US Ambassador Presents Credentials

United States Ambassador His Excellency Mr Donald Tapia presented his Letters of Credence to Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen in a brief ceremony at King’s House yesterday morning, September 11, 2019. In welcoming the Ambassador, Sir Patrick said he looked forward to continued good relations between Jamaica and the United States.  He observed that over the […]

Governor-General extends sympathy to Bahamian GG

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has sent a letter to Bahamian Governor-General His Excellency The Right Honourable Cornelius Smith expressing sympathy on the severe damage and  loss of life as a result of hurricane damage experienced during the past week. Describing the rising death toll as “distressing,” Sir Patrick  said, “This unprecedented occurrence could hardly have […]

Rwandan High Commissioner Presents Credential to GG

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen received Letters of Credence from Her Excellency Mrs Valentine Rugwabiza, High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda, at King’s House on, Tuesday, September 3. The High Commissioner expressed pleasure at being her country’s representative and said Jamaica was well known to Rwandans. =Sir Patrick asked about the move toward a ‘borderless […]

Governor-General congratulates IBI Ambassadors

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has congratulated the four (4) I Believe Initiative Ambassadors who are among 19 Jamaicans recently awarded the 2019 Chevening Scholarships to study in the United Kingdom. The Ambassadors visited King’s House on a Courtesy Call on Friday, August 23. Observing that obtaining the Scholarships came with great academic input and involvement […]

24 Students Benefit from $17m in SOS Scholarships and Grants

Twenty-four tertiary-level students have received financial assistance totaling  17 million dollars in the seventh Annual Summer of Service Programme sponsored by The Governor- General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE). At the Presentation Ceremony at King’s House on Tuesday morning, August 20, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen congratulated the award recipients for their volunteerism, for showing they cared […]

Governor-General underscores solidarity between Jamaica and Kenya

    Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has underscored the   strong relations and shared interests between Jamaica and the Republic of Kenya, noting that both countries had championed social and economic development, worked side by side against racism, and the protection of the rights and development of Peoples of African Descent. Sir Patrick was speaking at […]

Garfield Green sworn in as Custos of Manchester

   Custos of Manchester, Garfield Green, JP, was sworn in by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen at a brief ceremony at King’s House on Monday, June 24. Sir Patrick told Mr Green that in accepting the invitation to the office of Custos, he indicates his willingness to commit himself to serve the people of Manchester, promote […]

GG Welcomes President of Ghana

  Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has congratulated the President of Ghana His Excellency Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo on his initiative to offer free education for students up to the senior high school level. During a Courtesy Call on the Governor-General on Sunday, June 16, the Ghanaian President said his country had the youngest population in the […]

Passing of the Most Hon. Edward Seaga

His Excellency The Governor-General has expressed his deep sorrow at the passing of the Most Honourable Edward Seaga, former Prime Minister and one of the principal architects of Jamaica’s post-Independence governmental structure. Sir Patrick Allen said, His long list of achievements in national and political leadership, enlightened policy development, and efficient implementation marked him as […]

IBI Summer of Service Programme Opens for Registration

  The 2019 I Believe Initiative’s Summer of Service (SOS) Programme is open for registration. During the period April 2 to 30, 2019 exceptional students with dire financial need who are matriculating to colleges and/or universities for their 1st year of undergraduate study and those currently completing their 1st year to begin their 2nd in […]

Autism Awareness Month : Light it up blue

April is being observed as Autism Awareness Month to foster understanding and acceptance for persons with autism. On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, King’s House joined landmarks and monuments around the world to Light It Up Blue. Each night the main building will be bathed in blue lights and will remain this way for […]

Governor-General receives Credentials from Diplomats

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen received Letters of Credence from five (5) Ambassadors and two (2) High Commissioners at a Ceremony at King’s House yesterday. The Ambassadors were: Her Excellency Ayşe Berris Ekinci Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey His Excellency Anastassios Petrovas Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) His Excellency Sang-il KIM Ambassador of the […]

Special Olympics Volleyball Team visits GG

“Do well!” were the word of encouragement from Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen to 23 members of the Special Olympics Team who paid a Courtesy Call on him at King’s House a few days before their departure to Abu Dhabi last week. The Governor-General said Jamaica was fortunate to have ambassadors who always did well for […]

Sally Porteous retires as Custos of Manchester

    Manchester Custos Sally Porteous has retired after serving seven (7) years in that office. Custos Porteous’ resignation took effect on February 1. However, she has agreed to stay on until a new Custos is sworn into office. At the annual Meeting and Luncheon of Custodes at King’s House on Tuesday, February 26, Governor-General […]

Governor – General celebrates 10th anniversary in office

On Tuesday, February 26, Sir Patrick Allen marked the 10th anniversary of his installation to the Office of Governor-General. He spent most of the day hosting the Annual Custodes Meeting and Luncheon. At the Luncheon, Governor-General’s Secretary (GGS), Michelle Garvey Clarke, surprised Sir Patrick and Lady Allen with a framed Citation to congratulate them on […]

Governor-General Commends Custodes

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has commended the Custodes for their support, diligence, and representation in the Parishes. Said he, “I am blessed to have such a supportive group of Custodes. You appreciate the dignity of this Office as well as your own roles.” Sir Patrick told the Custodes that their commitment and dedication in carrying […]

Reggae Girlz visit King’s House

    “Thank you for carrying high Jamaica’s flag,” Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen told the Reggae Girlz when they paid a Courtesy Call on him and Lady Allen at King’s House on Monday December 17. Sir Patrick congratulated the Women’s Football Team, and told them they had brought pride and glory to Jamaica. He said […]

Corruption and lack of integrity are incompatible with sustainable growth and development says Governor-General

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has lamented the ease with which persons often turn a blind eye to reports of corruption when the evidence is in plain sight. He was delivering the Keynote address on Sunday, December 9 at the National Integrity Action commissioning of Integrity Champions at the Glenmuir High School in May Pen. Sir […]

NATIONAL YOUTH CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

    The 2018 staging of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI) National Youth Consultative Conference held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James was a resounding success. The over one thousand youth delegates in attendance were engaged in interactive sessions throughout the day on a range of topics geared toward empowering the […]

Twelve Students Awarded Scholarships And Grants Under I Believe Summer Of Service Programme

  Twelve tertiary students received over $5M in scholarships and grants yesterday at King’s House as part of the Governor-General’s Summer of Service Programme under the I Believe Initiative. The students who are enrolled in institutions such as the University of the West Indies, University of Technology, Caribbean Maritime University and College of Agriculture, Science […]

‘Blend of Experience And Youthful Ingenuity Will Sustain And Grow Agriculture’- Governor-General

  Governor-General of Jamaica, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has hailed the players in the agricultural sector as well as the executive body of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) for their continued efforts in improving and renewing the sector over the years. His Excellency was delivering the main address at the recently […]

Governor-General’s 2018 Independence Reception A Memorable Occassion

The Governor-General’s Jamaica 56 Independence Reception held at King’s House, last evening, was well attended by Government Officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps. The evening featured live mento band music, an art exhibition mounted by the Institute of Jamaica as well as performances by Tivoli Dance Troupe, Nexxus Performing Arts Company, NDTC, Ana Strachan […]

Governor – General Encourages Revolutionary Training At The University Of Technology

  Governor – General Sir Patrick Allen has challenged the University of Technology (UTech) to continue revolutionizing education for the Millennials whom the University will have to train for the 21st century. Presenting UTech’s  60th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, July 12, The Governor-General observed that in this technological age, graduates have to be exposed […]

Justice Bryan Sykes takes oath to act as Chief Justice

The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath for the Office of Chief Justice of Jamaica at a swearing-in ceremony held at King’s House on February 1,2018. His Excellency The Governor-General presents the Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes with his Instrument of Appointment as Chief Justice of Jamaica […]

Bishop Conrad Pitkin is the new Custos of St. James

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen presents Bishop Conrad Pitkin with his Instrument of Appointment as Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. James at King’s House on January 29, 2018. His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Bishop Conrad Pitkin takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath […]

Justice and humanity above publicity

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen addressing the 38th annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (Jan 18). Sir Patrick Allen (r) and Reverend Stanley Clarke pray during the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (Jan 18). Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen used his address at the 38th staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Thursday (Jan. […]

Supreme Court gets seven female judges

Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Kingston and Deputy Governor-General the Honourable Steadman Fuller (center) is joined by Hon. Mrs. Justice Zaila McCalla – Chief Justice (4th right), the Hon Mr. Justice Denis Morrison – President of the Court of Appeal (5th left) and the judges sworn in to serve in the Supreme Court and […]

Message from His Excellency The Governor-General The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen On, GCMG, CD, KSt.J – New Year’s 2018

His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Linton Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J. My fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, Happy New Year. This new year presents a great opportunity for us to write a new chapter in our lives, personally and nationally: a perfect time to reflect on the core values and […]

Message from His Excellency the Governor-general The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J – Christmas 2017

His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Linton Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J. My fellow Jamaicans and residents all:  As the year draws to a close, we share with people all across the world, the Christmas promise of peace and goodwill among us wherever we are. This year Jamaica has had its share of unrest, […]

Governor-General’s statement regarding the death of Mr. Ian Boyne:

  Late veteran journalist and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne. Lady Allen and I join with Jamaicans and friends across the world in expressing our shock and sadness at the passing of a national icon, Ian Boyne. There was a strong bonds of friendship between us at […]

More Books!

The Most Hon. Lady Allen, wife of the Governor-General (left) receives a copy of ‘Triumphs,’ a book authored by, journalist Garfield Angus (Centre), alongside co-editor Christine Ade-Gold (Right). A call has been made for more books to be written on Jamaican and Caribbean nationals who have beaten odd situations so that struggling youth can be […]

High Praises for GG’s Address at Florida’s United Friends of Highgate Gala

  Jamaica’s Governor General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen had high praises for the United Friends of Highgate (UFOH), a non-profit organization, as His Excellency delivered the keynote at their gala event in Cooper City, FL. on Saturday night, Dec. 9, 2017. The annual charity event for which proceeds are dedicated to the development of […]

Governor-General and Lady Allen bring cheer to Bustamante Hospital

Sir Patrick Allen shares a smile with Wayne Stewart (patient) and her father, while visiting the Medical Ward at Bustamante Hospital on December 6,2017.   His Excellency smiles as he presents a gift to ten (10) years old Ray-Marc Robinson, student of Alpha Primary School, while bringing cheer at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on […]

Six Youth Ambassadors inducted at King’s House Ceremony

Sir Patrick Allen greets Charles D. Young, Jamaica Youth Ambassador to the UN General Assembly as fellow Ambassadors Sophia Bryan and Nicholas Kee look on.   Youth Ambassadors Sophia Bryan and Odayne Haughton respond on behalf of the inductee.   The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General (4th left) and the Hon. Floyd Green, Minister […]

Governor-General Installs New I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors

1) Mr. Courtney Lodge – Author, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist being pinned as one of the I Believe Initiative (IBI) Ambassadors by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at the Spanish Court Hotel on November 23,2017.   2) I Believe Initiative(IBI) Ambassadors reads a declaration ahead of their installation.   3) Governor General His Excellency The […]

Civil Service Long Service Awards Postponement

Please be advised that the Civil Service Long Service Awards Ceremony scheduled for Thursday, November 22, 2017 has been postponed due to inclement weather. Information regarding the new date, time and venue will follow once confirmed. For Further information, please contact: The Chancery & Protocol Division Office of the Prime Minister 1 Devon Road, Kingston […]

Governor-General installs new Scout Association President

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and Chief Scout (left) receives a salute from new President of the Scout Association of Jamaica Mr. Richard Simpson (second right) at the Promise Renewal Investiture Ceremony held at King’s House on Friday, October 6. Looking on (right) is Mr. Maurice Brown Chief Commissioner while Mrs. Karen Harriott Wilson (second left) […]

Message By The Governor-General His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KST.J For Heritage Week 2017

Message By The Governor-General His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD, KSt.J For Heritage Week 2017 I am pleased to use the opportunity provided by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission to greet my fellow-Jamaicans at home and abroad as we celebrate Heritage Week 2017 under the theme A great heritage, a […]

IBI Ambassadors Urged to Support Parenting Initiatives

Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen welcoming students to the National Youth Consultative Conference at the Jamaica Conference on Oct. 5. With a reported 5 per cent of Jamaican families having no form of support system leading to weak parenting, school dropout and various forms of anti-social behaviour, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is calling […]

Stay Away from Lotto Scamming Governor-General Tells Young People

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen addressed students and teachers at the Chester Castle All-Age School in Hanover (Thursday September 29, 2017.   Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (2nd right) observes how products are moved along the processing line at the Edwards Diary Farm, producers of Diary Fresh Products, in Hanover. Sharing the moment with His Excellency are […]

The Judiciary a Bastion of Confidence-GG

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (2nd left) with Her Honour Mrs. Justice Zalia McCalla, Chief Justice (centre) and the newly appointed judges of the Supreme Court. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (2nd left) with Her Honour Mrs. Justice Zalia McCalla, Chief Justice (centre) and the newly appointed judges of the Supreme Court.  Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is […]

Medical Doctor, Special Needs Student Benefit from Governor-General’s IBI Summer Scholarship

  Sir Patrick Allen interacts with Dr. Angelica Baker, a scholarship recipient of the inaugural I Believe Initiative Summer Of Service Competition in 2013 during the awards ceremony yesterday (August 22, 2017). A member of the deaf community and a medical doctor were the highlight of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI) Summer of Service […]

Farmers and Custos Honoured at Denbigh 65

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen pins one of the 65 farmers bestowed with a medals of appreciation for their outstanding contribution to the agricultural sector during. The occasion was the 65th staging of Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon on Sunday (August 6, 2017).   Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and […]

Governor-General’s Independence Reception a Huge Success

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen listen attentively as Mr. Ramsay of the Institute of Jamaica expounds on the significance of the sculpture, “From Rude Boy to Rastafari: From Rocksteady to Reggae”, made by Rass Ruggles (Winston Green) during the tour of an exhibition at King’s House on the occasion of The Governor-General’s […]

King’s House Hosts Public Exhibition for Jamaica 55

Governor-General Urges Support for Youth from Diaspora

  Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says that the most critical point of intervention for Jamaica by the Diaspora at this time, lies in the support that can be given to the youth of our country.  “The great need that Jamaica has today is not with governance structures and institutional capacity building.  But more than ever […]

Lady Allen Urges Jamaicans to Preserve Culture

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, delivers the main address at the JCDC Annual Culture Clubs Conference at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on Tuesday (June 20, 2017). Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)   Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen (right) witnesses the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the […]

Lady Cooke Accorded Official Funeral

Lady Ivy Cooke. Lady Ivy Cooke, widow of the late former Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, has been accorded an official funeral by the Government. The service will be held on June 30, 2017 at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston. Inurnment follows at National Heroes Park. Lady Cooke died on […]

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen’s Statement on the passing of Lady Cooke:

“It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Her Excellency the Most Host Honourable Lady Cooke, widow of former Governor-General Sir Howard Cooke. Lady Cooke was a gracious person whose social engagements and ease of manner enhanced the work of Sir Howard. Her love for and work among children distinguished her […]

Commit to Read, Says Lady Allen

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen once again demonstrated the importance of reading among children when she participated in the Western Union I-PLEDGE National Reading Week, a programme of GraceKennedy Remittance Services.   As Patron of the programme, Lady Allen highlighted that her sustained partnership is girded in her belief that reading is fundamental […]

Jamaicans Motivated by GGAA

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen presents Mr. Paul Fraser with his plaque of excellence during the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Ceremony for the county of Middlesex at the St. Mary Anglican Church Hall yesterday (May 25, 2017). As the mission of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA) to motivate Jamaicans to use their God-given […]

Governor-General opens World’s largest floating bookfair

Their Excellencies and Logos Hope officials examine some of the over 6000 books on the vessel. His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General, addresses the official opening of the Logos Hope floating book fair aboard the vessel on May 12. Their Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady […]

Usain Bolt Gives Lady Allen His Olympic Record Breaking Track Shoes

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen is embraced by Multiple Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt after she was presented with his limited edition Puma track shoes in which he won the gold medal and broke the Olympic 100meter record at the 2009 Berlin Olympics, to raise funds for the Issa Trust Foundation charity. Her […]

St. James Pride

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen addressing the 2017 Governor-General Achievement Awards presentation ceremony for the county of Cornwall at the Everglades Centre in Black, River St. Elizabeth on Thursday, April 27. Two attorneys, one in training and the other in practice, and a Bishop, brought pride to the parish of St. James […]

Ambassador Burchell Whiteman Applauds Digicel’s Face of Change Competition

Ambassador Burchell Whiteman (centre) presents the first place prize in the Digicel Face of Change video competition to Reverend Geraud Brown, Pastor of the Bethel New Testament Church of God. Mrs. Jean Lowrie-Chin, Chairperson of Digicel Foundation looks on. In the winners’ circle are the First, second and third place finalists in the Digicel Face […]

Governor-General’s IBI Summer of Service Competition Application Opens

Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen presents a certificate of participation to Mosiah Moodie, a 2016 IBI Summer Of Service scholarship winner. Applications are now being accepted for the Governor-General’s Summer of Service Competition (SOS), a project of the I Believe Initiative.    Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen with the 2016 […]

Governor-General Inspires Knox College on School Tour

His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen Governor-General (2nd left) applauds the students of the Science Club at Knox College for making the display volcano erupt. Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen in a thought provoking and electrifying speech inspired students and teachers at the Knox College to rise above challenges, seize the […]

117-y-o still basking in visit from GG

Ms. Vioris Brown reads congratulatory tribute presented to her by His Excellency The Governor-General. Looking on are the Hon. Paul Muschette Custos of Trelawny (left of the Governor-General) and Mr. Fairweather, her son. Source: Western Bureau: The Gleaner – March 11, 2017 While yesterday was the 117th birthday of the woman believed to be the […]

Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the esteemed Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA), an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), is now open to the public. The closing date is midnight Friday March 17, 2017. These awards are being presented under the theme “Inspiring and Energizing Communities to Serve ”. Forty-two (42) persons across three (3) Age Group […]

King’s House Statement on Budgetary Allocation

King’s House is a critical office within the Administration of Jamaica. It is the Office and official residence of the Head of State’s representative where he executes his legislative, ceremonial and community functions. The current King’s House was established in 1872 and was later fitted with an elevator that has been malfunctioning for the past […]

Governor-General’s IBI/Monroe College/Goren Scholar Excels

Onel Harrison, Governor-General’s IBI/Monroe College/Goren Scholar. Onel Harrison, the first ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI)/Monroe College/Goren scholarship recipient has successfully completed his studies, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Monroe College (New York) with a 3.985 GPA.     Onel Harrison (right) and his research partner (left) Presenting Research Poster at […]

Diplomatic Week Gets into High Gear as Governor-General Receives Letters of Credence

Governor-General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (left) receives Letters of Credence from Mr. Mizanur Rahman, High Commissioner-designate from the People’s Republic of Bangladesh during a ceremony at King’s House today (February 6, 2017). Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen today (February 6, 2016) received Letters of Credence from eight newly accredited Ambassadors to Jamaica as part of […]

JPs Critical to Jamaica’s Justice Reform

Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen delivers keynote address at the launch of a series of Training Seminars for Justices of the Peace at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has commended the Ministry of Justice and its partners for spearheading the massive training […]

Jamaica Society for the Blind Opens Vision Centre

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen addresses the official opening ceremony for the Vision and Resource Centre at the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) at its Hope Road headquarters on Thursday (January 26, 2017). Seated right is Mr. Ian Campbell, a volunteer with JSB.  Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has described the opening of the Vision and […]

Six Judges Sworn in Ahead of New Judicial Term

The Honourable Marcia Bennet, Custos of St. Thomas, looks on as His Honour Mr. Dale Palmer takes his Oath of Office during a swearing-in ceremony at King’s House today (January 6, 2017). As the justice system begins its first term for 2017, six judges were appointed to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court […]

Governor-General Ensures Patients Not Left Out of Holiday Festivities

Governor- General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right) applauds the kind donation of Singer Jamaica Limited who contributed a television set to Bustamante Hospital for Children on Thursday (December 1, 2016). Looking on are (L-R): Mrs Patricia Ingram Martin (Matron), Mrs Michelle Richards Dawson (Senior Medical Officer), Mr Anthony Wood (CEO), and […]

Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative Celebrates Five Years

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen delivers an inspiring address at the IBI Luncheon on Tuesday (November 29, 2016) at the Spanish Court Hotel. The I Believe Initiative (IBI) launched by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen in 2011 ended its fifth year on a high, adding ten new Ambassadors to its cadre and […]

Riversdale Resident is 2017 Rhodes Scholar

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (left) presents Shakeba Foster, the 2017 Jamaica Rhodes Scholar, with the envelope confirming her win . Looking on is Mr. Peter Goldson (right), Secretary for Jamaica and the Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship Committee at King’s House yesterday (November 17, 2016). Shakeba Foster made the community of Riversdale in St. Catherine […]

Public Service Announcement: Civil Service Long-Service Awards Ceremony

The Civil Service Long-Service Awards Ceremony which was scheduled to take place at King’s House on November 16, 2016 has been postponed until November 30, 2016 at 1.30pm. Recipients are expected to be seated by 12.30pm.   There will be a rehearsal on November 28, 2016 at 1.00pm.   For further details, please contact Ms. […]

Governor-General’s Statement on the Passing of Lt. Col. Victor Beek

Governor-General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen pins a poppy on the late Lt. Col Victor Beek of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force during the launch of the Poppy Appeal at Curphey Palce on October 9, 2016. It is with deep regret that I learnt of the passing of Major (Ret’d.) Victor Beek, a distinguished Jamaican […]

Former Windscreen Wiper Among Governor-General Awardees

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen congratulates Mr. Howard Anthony Harvey Snr. for his strides in personal development and community enhancement during the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Pinning Ceremony held on the lawns of King’s House yesterday (November 10, 2016). Thirty-nine unsung heroes from across Jamaica were recognized at King’s House on Thursday (Nov. 10) […]

“Time to pull together” – GG

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen speak with David Rose, a sixth form student of Jamaica College, during their visit to the institution this morning (October 31, 2016). Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen today (October 31, 2016) visited Jamaica College (JC) to join in a spirit of solidarity […]

GG Tells Youth Attending YCC “Never Give Up!”

Governor General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen addressing hundreds of participating youth in the second of his ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Youth Consultative Conference, held at Cardif Hotel and Spa in St. Ann yesterday, (October 20, 2016) for the County of Middlesex. The conference was carried out under the theme, ‘Inspiring individuals. Building stronger […]

182 Persons Honoured at King’s House

Governor- General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen confers the Order of Jamaica on Ambassador Anthony Johnson for his distinguished national service in the public and private sectors and for his contribution to the Jamaican Foreign Service during the ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards on the lawns of […]

GG Has Heart-To-Heart Talk with Students

Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen delivers remark at the I Believe Initiative (IBI) Youth Consultative Conference (YCC) for the County of Cornwall in Montego Bay on Thursday (October 13, 2016). In a heart to heart talk with student delegates attending the first I Believe Youth Consultative Conference for 2016 in Montego Bay on Thursday (Oct. […]

Governor-General Launches 2016 Poppy Appeal

Governor- General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen is the first to make his contribution to the cause during the launch of the Poppy Appeal at Curphey Palce on Sunday (October 9, 2016). As His Excellency the Governor-General and Patron of the Jamaica Legion launched the annual Poppy Appeal at the Concert in […]

GG Allows Hurricane Solidarity in Heritage Service Message

His Excellency Governor- General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen delivers his address at the annual National Heritage Week Thanksgiving Church Service at the Andrew’s Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday (October 8, 2016). Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, briefly relaxed protocol at the National Heritage Week Thanksgiving Church Service, interrupting his speech […]

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Governor-General’s Youth Consultative Conference Rescheduled

  The Governor-General’s Youth Consultative Conference (YCC) for the County of Cornwall, has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016, at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventist, Mt. Salem, St. James.   For further details, please contact your Parish Custos.  

GG Hails World War II Vets

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen raises a toast to the Royal Air Force Association’s (RAFA) Jamaica (580 Branch) at the organization’s 70th anniversary dinner at Curphey Place in Swallowfield, St. Andrew, on September 14, 2016. Source: Jamica Information Service   Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has hailed […]

GG Installs Country’s First Chief Judge

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right) presents Her Honour Miss Judith Pusey with the Instrument of Appointment during her Swearing-In Ceremony as the first Chief Judge of the Parish Courts. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has installed Her Honour Miss Judith Pusey as the country’s first Chief Judge, with responsibility for the […]

GG’s Summer of Service Competition Awards $9.8M In Scholarships

Governor- General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen delivers welcome at the I Believe Initiative’s (IBI) Summer of Service (SOS) Scholarship Presentation Ceremony on Friday (September 02, 2016) at King’s House. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has awarded nine tertiary students who participated in the I Believe Initiative’s (IBI) Summer of Service Competition (SOS) […]

GG Officially Opens Hi-Tech Lab at JAGAS

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen unveils the plaque with the inscription marking the significance of the occasion while (from left to right) the Hon. Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Mr. Michael Dumke, Charge d’ Affairs, Embassy of Germany and the Hon. Patricia Ann Marshall Dunwell, Custos of St. […]

GG Urges Jamaicans to Pass Batons of Virtue and Service to Youth

Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen delivers his remarks at the GGAA Presentation Ceremony for the County of Surrey, held on Thursday (August 25, 2016) at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Resort in St. Thomas. Referring to Jamaica’s 4×100 men’s relay team at the just concluded Olympic games in Brazil, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen said Jamaicans should […]

Governor-General Installs St. Andrew Custos to Serve with Excellence

His Excellency Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen delivers welcome at the Installation Ceremony of the Hon. Dr. Patricia Marshall Dunwell as Custos of St. Andrew at Hope Gardens yesterday, (August 18, 2016). “I am placing in your hands, Custos Dunwell, all the Justices of the Peace for St. Andrew. Take care of them […]

UTECH, Ja. Student Receives Sir Patrick and Lady Allen Scholarship

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen present Ms. Simone Dwyer, winner of the Sir Patrick & Lady Allen 40th Anniversary Scholarship with an award certificate during a ceremony at King’s House today, August 12, 2016. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen have awarded Simone Dwyer, a second year student at the University […]

OJ Conferred On Dr. David Boxer

The Honourable Steadman Fuller CD, JP, Deputy Governor- General and Custos of Kingston sashes Dr. the Honourable David Wayne Boxer CD with the emblem of the Order of Jamaica at his home in Kingston on Tuesday (August 9, 2016). Renowned Jamaican artist and art historian the Honourable Dr. David Boxer was presented with the Insignia […]

Courtesy Call Made on the Hon. Steadman Fuller, Distinguished Miconian

The Hon. Steadman Fuller, Deputy Governor- General and Custos of Kingston (seated right) receive the Mico University College 1971- 1973 batch, of which he is part, in a courtesy call at King’s House on Tuesday (August 9, 2016). As the Mico University College celebrates its 180th anniversary, the Honourable Steadman Fuller, Deputy Governor- General and […]

Farmers Commended for their Output Despite Climate Change Impact

A Ministry of Agriculture representative presenting the Hon. Steadman Fuller, Deputy Governor- General and Custos of Kingston, with a package of onions from the Ministry’s successful Onion Project at the 64th annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Mr. Norman Grant, Jamaica Agriculture Society (JAS) President looks on. […]

Call for St. Andrew’s JPs to Sign Magistrates Roll

Public Service Announcement All Justices of the Peace (JPs) for the parish of St. Andrew are invited to sign the Magistrates Roll located at the Musgrave Medical Complex, 84 Lady Musgrave Road between 8:30am and 4:30pm. This is in preparation for the installation of the Honourable Dr. Patricia Ann Marshall- Dunwell as the new Custos […]

Jamaica’s Governor-General Receives Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister On Courtesy Call

Governor- General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen engages the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. the Hon. Keith Rowley during a courtesy call at King’s House this morning (July 18, 2016). Photo: JIS Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen cordially received Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley on […]

GGAA Recipients Reflect Nation’s Positives

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen presents the 2016 GGAA to Mr. Carl Bruce of Manchester for his exceptional career in Medicine at the Presentation Ceremony held for the County of Middlesex on Tuesday (July 12, 2016). Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says that with only a small percentage of Jamaicans engaged in nefarious activities, the good […]

Governor-General Expresses Sadness at Passing of St. John Jamaica’s Victor Rhone

Mr. Victor Rhone warmly welcomes His Excellency, The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica, and President of the St John National Council of Jamaica to the 116th Anniversary Church Service at St Luke’s Church. Looking on are Mr. Earl Jarrett, St. John Jamaica Chairman (2nd right) and Lt. Col. (Rtd) Oral Khan (2nd […]

Governor-General Appoints Dr. Patricia Dunwell as Custos of St. Andrew

His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General, oversees the taking of the Oath of Office by the new Custos of St. Andrew, the Hon. Patricia Dunwell at King’s House on June 30. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has appointed veteran Dermatologist Dr. Patricia Dunwell as Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew.  Dr. […]

G-G Urges Jamaicans to Embrace Spirit of Volunteerism

Source: jis.gov.jm   Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen delivers his remark reminding Jamaicans to do their part in nation building at the GGAA Presentation Ceremony for the County of Cornwall held on Thursday (June 23, 2016) at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay. Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says Jamaicans should […]

Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen Join The Queen for her Official 90th Birthday Celebration

Governor- General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen greets Her Majesty while Lady Allen (right) looks on. Their Excellencies Governor- General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Hon. Lady Allen joined Members of the Royal Family, Heads of State and Governors- General from the Commonwealth and other Realm territories for The Queen’s official […]

GG Meets Young Leaders of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen engages Ms. Kellyn George, Dominica’s 2016 award winner of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme during a courtesy call at King’s House on June 1, 2016. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen on Wednesday (June 1, 2016) received a courtesy call from award winning young leaders and their runners-up in The Queen Elizabeth […]

GG Calls on Businesses to Support Education

Governor- General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen delivers remark at the welcome reception at Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited. He is joined by Mrs. Hedda Rose Pitter (left), Business Development Manager- Fersan Jamaica Limited and Mr. Dennis Valdez (right), Managing Director- Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging more businesses to provide support […]

GG Lauds JMA for Creditinfo MOU

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (left) is shown one of the products on display by Mr. Metry Seaga, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association during a tour of the organization’s headquarters. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has lauded the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) for becoming the first business support organization to sign a Memorandum of Understanding […]

Scholarship Announcement: Sir Patrick Allen & Lady Allen 40th Anniversary Scholarship

Applications are invited for the Sir Patrick & Lady Allen 40th Anniversary Scholarship for study at the University of Technology leading to a Bachelor of Science in either of the following fields: Medical Technology, Applied Science or Mathematics and Education.   The scholarship covers tuition and ancillary fees for the selected degree programme which should […]

GG’s Surprise Teacher’s Day Visit to Albert Town

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen with staff members of the South Trelawny Edu- Skills Centre on May 4, 2016. Governor-General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, made a pleasant surprise visit to the South Trelawny Edu-Skills Centre in Albert Town on Teacher’s Day, where he was warmly received by an appreciative team of […]

GG and Staff Support Custos Rochester at Funeral

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen signs the official condolence book at the funeral service for the Hon. Derrick Rochester, husband of the Hon. Beryl Rochester, Custos of St. Elizabeth on Sunday (May 1, 2016). Governor-General, the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, his Custodes and King’s House Staff were a demonstration of support for St. Elizabeth’s […]

GG Calls on JPs to Affirm Youth who are Making a Difference

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen delivering his address at the appreciation function, held at the Caymanas Golf Club on Saturday (April 30, 2016), in honour of Rev. the Hon. Sophia Azan, for her sterling service to the parish of St. Catherine. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has issued a call for Justices of the Peace (JPs) […]

GG Inducts Remarkable Centenarian, Retired JP IBI Member

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen shares a light moment with centenarian Mr. Howell Burke during a courtesy visit to his home in Rock River, Clarendon on Wednesday (April 27, 2016). His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen Governor General has inducted Mr. Howell Burke, an extraordinary 104-year old retired Justice of the Peace, Former […]

Sir Patrick Allen Receives Commonwealth Secretary General

Governor- General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen warmly welcomes newly elected Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Right Hon. Patricia Scotland, QC to Jamaica during a courtesy call at King’s House Tuesday, April 26, 2016. His Excellency, Governor General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, cordially  received the Right Honourable Patricia […]

Prince Selassie Makes Courtesy Call On Deputy Governor-General

Deputy Governor- General the Hon. Marcia Bennet CD, JP (right) shares a light moment with His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias- Sahle- Selassie during a call this morning (April 22, 2016) at King’s House. Deputy Governor-General the Hon. Mrs. Marcia Bennet CD, JP received His Imperial Highness Prince Ermias-Sahle-Selassie for a courtesy call, at King’s House, this […]

New Diplomats Present Credentials

Governor General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen receives the Letter of Credence from High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Mr. John Akologu Tia. Governor General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, was presented with three Letters of Credence in separate ceremonies at King’s House, this morning (Tuesday April 19, 2016).    Governor […]

Bold Ones of Manufacturing Programme Unveiled

Governor- General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen speaking at the Continental Baking Company 2016 Bold Ones of Manufacturing Mobile Marketing launch at King’s House this morning (April 18, 2016). Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has commended Chairman of Continental Baking Company Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson for the confidence that his Bold Ones of Manufacturing marketing initiative has given […]

Highlights of the Opening of Parliament 2016

Governor- General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen inspects the Guard of Honour furnished by the Second Battalion of the Jamaica Regiment (2JR) at the Opening of Parliament at George William Gordon House, Downtown, Kingston, on April 14, 2016 .   Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen arrives at the George William Gordon House […]

GG Receives Belizean Counterpart on Courtesy Call

Governor- General His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (right) engages Belizean Governor-General His Excellency Sir Colville Young at King’s House on Friday (April 8, 2016) His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen courteously welcomes Belizean Governor General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young to King’s House, on Friday April 8, 2016.   Sir Colville Young used the occasion to […]

Florida-based Jamaicans Challenged by Governor-General

L to R: Their Excellencies the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Hon. Lady Allen with Maureen Knips (VP of Vitas Healthcare), Donna Borland (Manager of Vitas Healthcare), and the Most Rev. Charles H. Dufour. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, encourages Jamaicans in South Florida, who can afford, to […]

IBI Ambassadors Awarded Cash Prizes to Advance Projects

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (right) engages participants in the IBI “Vision of Love” video competition and National Coordinator, Major Effiom Whyte (Ret’d) during the courtesy call on March 11, 2016 at King’s House. The “I Believe Initiative’s (IBI) – Vision of Love” video competition culminates with unexpected prizes and a courtesy call with Governor- […]

Horace Clarke High School to Observe Lady Allen Day

Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen delivers an impassioned keynote address at the Horace Clarke High School’s Awards Ceremony on Thursday (March 10, 2016). The Horace Clarke High School (formerly Islington High School) in St. Mary is to start observing “Lady Allen Day” annually. The official announcement was made at the school’s Annual Awards […]

GG Urges Consensus and Partnerships As New Government is Installed

Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents the Instrument of Appointment to Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during Thursday’s (March 3) swearing in ceremony, at King’s House. Photo: JIS On March 3, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen installed the Most Honourable Andrew Holness as Prime Minister of Jamaica in accordance with Section 70 and subsection […]

Swearing-In of Mr Andrew Holness as Prime Minister: Guideline for Conduct and VIP Access

March 3, 2016   PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT · GUESTS ATTENDING THE SWEARING-IN OF PRIME MINISTER DESIGNATE MR. ANDREW HOLNESS ARE KINDLY REMINDED THAT THE USE OF VUVUZELAS IS NOT PERMITTED DURING THE CEREMONY.   · ALL PERSONS WITH VIP STICKERS (RED AND BLUE)WILL BE ALLOWED ACCESSTO THE FUNCTION FROM BOTH THE WEST AND EAST GATES […]

Mr. Andrew Holness to be Sworn-in as Prime Minister on Thursday, March 3

Prime Minister-Designate Mr. Andrew Holness will be sworn in as Prime Minister of Jamaica in a ceremony at King’s House on Thursday, March 3.  The Swearing-in Ceremony will commence at 4pm and invited guests are asked to be seated by 3:15pm.  In accordance with the Constitution of Jamaica, Mr. Holness will take the Oath of […]

Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the esteemed Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA), part of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), is now open to the public. To qualify persons must be Jamaican citizens from humble beginnings, who have improved themselves through their own efforts and are making a valuable contribution in their community. Nomination forms can be obtained and […]

GG, Custodes Honour Donna Parchment Brown

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen looks on as the Hon. William Shagoury, Custos of Clarendon presents former Custos of St. Andrew the Hon. Donna Parchment a citation on his and Lady Allen’s behalf. His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen expressed gratitude to the Hon. Donna Parchment Brown, for her service as Custos Rotolorum for St. Andrew in […]

Lady Allen Encourages 4-H Club Members

Her Excellency Lady Allen warmly embraces Florence Buchanan, her Moneague College 4-H Club batch mate with whom she was re-united at the 4-H 75th Banquet on February 13, 2016.  Wife of the Governor-General and Patron of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, The Most Honourable Lady Allen heaped praises on the 4-H movement for its involvement in community development […]

GG Hosts Canadian Business Executives

Governor-General, The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen (second right) and Lady Allen (right) with Mr. Bruce Bowen, Former CEO of Bank of Nova Scotia, Jamaica as they received members of the World Presidents Organization at King’s House. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen on Thursday (Feb. 4) hosted members of the Toronto World Presidents Organization (WPO) to […]

GG Sends Yacht Sailing

Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, (left) and the Hon. Steadman Fuller, Custos of Kingston inspects sail boat, Full-a-style before it takes on the high seas in the inaugural Round Jamaica Yacht Race    As patron of the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club and occasional sailor, Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen blows the horn to signal the start of […]

Prayer for Leaders More Practical Than Condemnation

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (centre) witnesses a symbolic demonstration of National Unity between Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and the Leader of Opposition the Hon. Andrew Holness at the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on January 21, 2016   Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has commended the […]

St. John Gets Six New Ambulances Courtesy of Japanese Government

His Excellency, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen delivers a most timely speech centred on goodwill of nations at the presentation ceremony of new ambulance fleet to St. John, Jamaica from the Japanese Government. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed sincere gratitude to Japanese Ambassador Masanori Nakano for six new ambulances which were presented to St. John […]

Governor-General Urges Newly Appointed Judges to Maintain High Standards

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (5th left) with: from left- Master-In- Chambers Ms. Carloyn Tie, Justices Chester Stamp and Lorna Shelly-Williams, Chief Justice, the Hon. Zalia McCalla, President of the Court of Appeal- Justice Dennis Morrison, Justices Vinette Graham Allen and Sonia Bertram Linton, Master- In- Chambers-Rose Marie Harris and Justice […]

Young Persons Urged to Take Advantage of Low Fees at Community Colleges

Source: jis.gov.jm   Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Patrick Allen, addresses the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica’s annual conference, held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel, in St. James, on January 6. (Photo: Garwin Davis) Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says  young people should take advantage of the […]

GG Swears In Hon. Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison President of the Court of Appeal

Governor General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen addresses the gathering at the Swearing – In Ceremony for the President of the Court of Appeal Hon. Mr. Justice Dennis. Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has installed the Hon. Justice Dennis Morrison Q.C.,  president of the Court of Appeal at the Swearing-In […]

“Joy to the World” Is Back With A Bang!

The Jamaican Folk Singers accompanied by Bandmaster WO1 Albert S. Hird of the Jamaica Military Band have the rapt attention of the audience at the “Joy to the World,” Christmas Concert held at King’s House on Sunday (December 20, 2015). Their Excellencies annual Christmas Concert, “Joy to the World,” held at King’s House on Sunday […]

King’s House Staff Fun Day 2015

An elated Governor-General’s Secreatry, Mrs. Daniel gives the day’s activities a ‘thumbs up’ The King’s House Staff Fun Day held at Konoko Falls & Park in St. Ann on Friday, December 18, 2015 was a success with its huge staff turn out. His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen takes a keen look at the snake during […]

GG’s 2015 Hospital Tour Culminates at National Chest

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen (R) and Lady Allen (2nd R) present a gift to the hospitals received by Dr. Andrei Cooke (L), SERAH Board Chairman. Looking on from left are: Dr. Tanya Foster- Consultant for the National Chest Hospital representing Senior Medical Officer Dr. Terry Baker, Mr. Mark Martin- Parish Manager SEHRA and Dr. […]

S A High Commissioner Made Farewell Courtesy Call on Governor-General

South African High Commissioner, Mathu Joyini made a farewell Courtesy Call on Governor-General, The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen on, Wednesday (December 16, 2015), three days ahead of the end of her official 5-year tour of duty in Jamaica.

Port Maria Hospital Commended On GG’s Tour

Their Excellencies greet the mother of a newly born baby at the Port Maria Hospital Their Excellencies, Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen made the second stop in their Annual Hospital Christmas visits at the Port Maria Hospital on Thursday December 10, where they commended the staff for their diligence to […]

Governor-General Appoints Lt Cdr. John McFarlane Acting Custos of St. Andrew

Lt Cdr. John McFarlane Acting Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew Governor-General The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Lieutenant Commander John McFarlane Acting Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew.  Commander McFarlane’s appointment takes effect December 13, 2015. As Custos Rotulorum, Commander McFarlane is the Governor-General’s representative responsible for keeping […]

Governor – General Sir Patrick Allen And Lady Allen Begin Hospital Christmas Visits

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen presents a toy to a child during their annual Christmas tour of the Bustamante Hospital. Looking on is Dr. Andrei Cooke, SEHRA Board Chairman Governor-General, The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen were met with a warm welcome from the children, medical, administrative and other staff […]

Passion to Excel Can Help Achieve Vision 2030

IBI Ambassador Cordell Graham Williams presents a report on her community project activities spearheaded over the course of the year Governor–General, The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen at the induction ceremony for the 2015 I Believe Ambassadors today (Thursday, December 3, 2015) declared that, “It is that passion to excel beyond our limitations and to […]

GG Emphasizes Value of Faith-Based Education

Their Excellencies the Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left) and Lady Allen (2nd right), His Excellency David Prendergast, High Commission for Jamaica to Trinidad and Tobago(right) and Mrs. Prendergast (2nd left) at the University of Southern Caribbean’s (USC) Gala Fundraising Event on November 28, 2015. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says the Christian education he received […]

Governor-General Names Sherona Forrester 2016 Rhodes Scholar

Sherona Forrester tries to contain her elation upon hearing that she is the 2016 Rhodes Scholar for Jamaica. Looking on and applauding her success are two of her competitors. Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has named Sherona Forrester, Economics major at the University of the West Indies, the 2016 Rhodes Scholar.  The announcement […]

Governor-General Appoints The Hon. Donna Parchment-Brown Political Ombudsman

The Honourable Donna Parchment-Brown Governor-General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has announced that The Hon. Donna Parchment-Brown, Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St. Andrew is Jamaica’s new Political Ombudsman effective Monday, November 16, 2015. She will be sworn-in at a ceremony at King’s House. Mrs. Parchment-Brown is a dispute-resolution specialist who […]

Governor-General Encourages Support for Hands

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen delivers keynote address at the 20th Anniversary Banquet of the Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness The 20th Anniversary Celebrations of Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness culminated in a luminous banquet at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Saturday night (October 31, 2015), where Governor-General and Patron, Sir Patrick Allen was […]

National Honours and Awards 2015

Sir Patrick Allen presents the Badge of Honour for Gallantry to Dr. Ricard Shane Bennett. Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, adorned two hundred and twenty- two nation builders with badges and medals of honour at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held at King’s House earlier today (October 19, 2015). His Excellency Sir Patrick […]

2015 IBI Youth Consultative Conference Kicks Off

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (left) gives a listening ear to these youngsters. “Today we want you to leave here with a clear understanding that your future in this world rests in your hands.   One thing is certain; the best way to predict the future is to invent it and within this room you […]

Members of the Japan Int’l Cooperation Agency Meet Sir Patrick Allen

Sir Patrick Allen welcomes His Excellency, Masanori Nakano Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica. A delegation of over thirty members from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) made a Courtesy Call on Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, on Wednesday (October 7, 2015), on the heels of the departure of the brief state visit of Japanese […]

Poppy Appeal Launch 2015

Sir Patrick Allen launches the 2015 Poppy Appeal. In launching the 2015 Poppy Appeal at Curphey Place on Sunday (October 4, 2015), Governor-General and Patron, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen made an impassioned plea for Jamaicans to remember those ex-service men and women who fought in World War II. Governor-General and Patron of The Poppy […]

Governor-General Endorses SOSTIC Programme

Sir Patrick Allen commissions the greenhouse on the grounds of North East Jamaica Conference of Seventh Day Adventist. Looking on is Pastor Arlington Woodburn, President of the conference. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has endorsed the North East Jamaica Conference (NEJC) of Seventh-day Adventist Conference’s Save Our Schools Through Industries and Commitment (SOSTIC) Programme; a pioneering […]

King’s House Welcomes The Princess Royal

Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen sit down for a welcome courtesy call with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. King’s House was abuzz with excitement on Thursday October 1 as the arrival of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal drew near.  Shortly after 2:00 p.m. Their Excellencies the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General […]

Help Students Snatch Success From Failure

Sir Patrick Allen launches the Sponsor A Child Programme and urges everyone to support the educational initiative.   Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and Patron of Hands Across Jamaica for Righteousness, last Friday (Sept. 25) launched the Hands ‘Sponsor a Child Programme ‘ and urged Jamaicans to support this educational initiative so that children who have […]

2015 GGAA County Awards Close Curtain in Surrey

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick and Lady Allen (seated centre) with GGPE National Coordinator-Major ‘Ret’d’ Effiom Whyte (seated left). Custodes seated from left are: The Hon. Steadman Fuller, the Hon. Donna Parchment-Brown, the The Hon. Marcia Bennett and the Hon. Lincoln Thaxter . George Young (seated right) joins his fellow 2015 GGAA awardees for the county of […]

Governor-General Commends RAFA for Remembering Veteran Servicemen

Sir Patrick Allen urges members of RAFA to continue their efforts in supporting ex-service men and women.   Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen reminds all Jamaicans to be appreciative of the selfless contribution that has been offered by servicemen and women and commends the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) for remembering the veteran servicemen over the years. […]

Phoenix Central Building Burnishes the Names of Their Excellencies

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen (2nd and 3rd left) unveil the inscription bearing their names as they officially open the Phoenix Central. Looking on from left are, Jean Lowrie-Chin- Founder of PRODev, her daughter Anita Chin- General Manager and son Noel Chin- PRODev’s Property Manager.     The newly opened Phoenix Central […]

Eleven Judges Appointed As Michaelmas Term Begins

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (centre) with Chief Justice- the Hon. Justice Zaila McCalla, (3rd right) President of the Court of Appeal- the Hon. Justice Dennis Morrison (3rd left) and the 11 newly sworn in judges.    It was a historic moment at King’s House on Monday, September 14 when His Excellency the Most Hon. […]

Eighteen Students Successfully Completed GG Summer of Service Competition

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick Allen (seated center) and Lady Allen (seated 3rd right) with GGPE National Coordinator- Major (Ret’d) Effiom Whyte (standing left) and GGPE Project Officer- Tricia Grier (seated left).Others seated from left are: Grantley Stephenson, CEO Kingston Wharves Ltd, the Hon. Custos Steadman Fuller, Professor Colin Gyles, Acting Principal- University of Technology and […]

GG Leads Celebration of Her Majesty as Longest Serving Monarch

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen in conversation with British High Commissioner, David Fitton at the commemorative event in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, as the longest serving British and English Monarch. Their Excellencies the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General and the Most Honourable Lady Allen, on Wednesday, September 9 hosted a function befitting Royalty as […]

Activities to Mark Queen Elizabeth II as Longest Reigning British Monarch

Official Diamond Jubilee portrait of Queen Elizabeth II photographed in the Centre Room of Buckingham Palace, overlooking The Victoria Memorial Statue Photo: CAMERA PRESS/John Swannell On September 9, 2015 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning Monarch in British history, serving 63 years. To mark this milestone the Queen will be placing […]

GG Says to Take Resilience and Unity from World Championships

The athletic Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen (l) directs the attention of Olympian Nesta Carter to something interesting outside of King’s House during the Kingston City Run on Sunday (Mar. 10, 2013). As part of that event runners ran through iconic places in Kingston including King’s House. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says Jamaicans can show their […]

GG Compares Awardees to Athletes in Beijing

Their Excellencies Sir Patrick and Lady Allen (seated centre) with GGPE National Coordinator-Major ‘Ret’d’ Effiom Whyte (seated left). Custodes seated from left are: The Hon. Jeffery McKenzie, the Hon. Sallly Porteous, the Hon. William Shagoury, the Hon. Norma Walters and the Hon. Errol Johnson. Standing are the 2015 GGAA recipients from the county of Middlesex. […]

Governor-General Dedicates Life Improvement Project In His Native Village

Marking the official opening of the farming facilities at the Fruitful Vale Handover Ceremony,  Sir Patrick Allen, Lady Allen and Mrs. Alasia Reid- PRO Fruitful Vale Projects Development Committee cut the ribbon. Looking on is Mrs. Jean Lowrie Chin (right) – Chairperson Digicel Foundation. Governor General Sir Patrick Allen today (Tuesday, August 25) told members […]

Justice Dennis Morrison Appointed Acting Court of Appeal President

Sir Patrick Allen observes as the Hon. Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison, QC takes the Oath as Acting President of the Court of Appeal. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has appointed the Hon. Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison, QC, as Acting President of the Court of Appeal.  His appointment comes as the Hon. Seymour Panton, who is the […]

GG Installs Known St. Mary Educator As Custos

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen presents Custos Errol Johnson with the instrument of appointment to the Order of Distinction Commander Class.   Governor General Sir Patrick Allen installs Col. Errol Johnson custos rotolorum for the parish of St Mary in a ceremony held at the St. Mary High School auditorium in Highgate on Thursday (August 20, […]

“BE THAT BEACON OF A NEW AND DIFFERENT SOCIETY”

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen delivers profound congratulatory greeting to the Most Reverend Charles Dufour on his 45th mile stone of being ordained as a priest. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is calling on Jamaicans to be beacons of a new and different society, in order to reverse the social malaise affecting the country.  He was […]

GG CONFERS MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE ON SIR WILLARD WHITE

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen presents Sir Willard White a copy of the citation read as he was being conferred the National Chorale of Jamaica’s Medal of Excellence.  Governor-General and Patron of the National Chorale of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen has conferred the Chorale’s inaugural Medal of Excellence on world renowned musician Sir Willard Wentworth […]

GG Reappoints Terrence Williams INDECOM Commissioner

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen looks on as Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations Mr. Terrence Williams subscribes the Oath of Office. He has been reappointed to a second five year term as Commissioner. The Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has reappointed Mr. Terrence Williams to another five year term as […]

Sir Patrick Allen Hosts President of Trinidad & Tobago

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen (left) warmly greets His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago upon his arrival at King’s House on Friday (July 24, 2015) Both Heads of State are saluted by a police officer.   Sir Patrick Allen (left) looks on as His Excellency Anthony Carmona, […]

GG Condemns Lawlessness

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen delivers a riveting remark urging Jamaicans to unite against crime and violence that is plaguing the nation. He was addressing attendees at the 2015 Governor- General Achievement Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Sean Lavery Faith Hall, Westmoreland on Thursday (July 23, 2015.)   Governor- General, His Excellency the Most Hon. […]

GG Awards 13 Outstanding Citizens in Cornwall

Governor- General’s Achievement Award’s recipients from the county of Cornwall with Major (Ret’d) Effiom Whyte (seated left) National Coordinator for the Governor-General’s Programme For Excellence and the custodes from all 5 parishes of Cornwall. Seated from 2nd left are: The Very Rev. Cannon the Hon. Hartley D. Perrin, the Hon. Ewen Corrodus, the Hon Beryl […]

Sir Patrick and Lady Allen Celebrate Forty Years

His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen gently holds the hand of Lady Allen as they descend from the Residence to start the celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary. Love was definitely in the air and it filled the packed King’s House Ballroom on Sunday evening, July 19 as Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and […]

Take Back A Wealth of Experience Governor- General Tells Scouts

His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen greets Jamaica’s International Scout Commissioner – Carlton Thompson. Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen at a courtesy call made on him at King’s House, Thursday, encouraged youngsters attending the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan to, “take back a wealth of experience with them.” The group which comprises four boy […]

GG Commends Nurses

  Sir Patrick Allen captures the attention of nurses and nursing students during the courtesy call at King’s House on July 16, 2015.   Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen said that nurses deserve to be recognized and appreciated for the care that they give to patients especially when they are at […]

GG Receives Participants in the GK Birthright Programme

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen received on a Courtesy Call by participants in the GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme and executives of GK Foundation at King’s House on Friday, July 10. The internship programme is aimed at reawakening second and third generation Jamaicans residing abroad to the fact that their Jamaican heritage is indeed their birthright. The […]

GG’S Corporate Tour Stops At GraceKennedy

Staff members of GK were eager to meet Their Excellencies during the tour of the company’s headquarters. Colvenette Brown, GK’s Customer Service Supervisor (left) cheerfully greets Their Excellencies during the tour. Looking on is Gilroy Graham, Senior General Manager of Grace Foods Domestic. Their Excellenncies Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen are photographed with the […]

National Hero Norman Washington Manley’s 122nd Birthday Tribute

The floral tribute in commemoration of the 122nd birth anniversary of  national hero, The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley held Saturday  July 4 at the National Heroes Park was attended by Their Excellencies, The  Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen.   His Excellency, The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen receives the wreath before the […]

Errol Johnson Replaces Jeffrey Mckitty as Custos of St. Mary

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Mr. Errol Vaughan Johnson JP, as Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Mary with effect from June 23, 2015.  He was sworn in at a brief ceremony held at King’s House.  Mr. Johnson has been acting as Custos of St. Mary since August 2014 when former Custos the […]

Six Jamaicans Receive GGAA Diaspora Award

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has presented six Jamaicans from the Diaspora regions of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America with the 2015 Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA) for the Diaspora.  The awards were presented at the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.  The recipients are Michelle Brumley and Kingsley Gilliam from Canada, Nathaniel […]

Work With Security Forces To Restore Image of The Parish

  Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is urging residents of St. Catherine to collaborate with the security forces as well as the Custos and Justices of the Peace to reverse the trend in crime and violence which seeks to besmirch the good name of the parish.  He was addressing the Installation Ceremony for Reverend the Honourable […]

“Be a Force for Change” – GG Urged JPs

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is urging Justices of the Peace to see themselves as a collective force for change that will “take back Jamaica from the crime, mediocrity and negativity which have become all too pervasive.”  He was speaking at a consultation with Custos of St. Andrew the Hon. Donna Parchment Brown and Justices of […]

IBI Endorses Trees That Feed Foundation

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has endorsed the Trees That Feed Foundation under the auspices of his I Believe Initiative (IBI).  The endorsement also involved the presentation of a plaque to Mrs. Mary McLaughlin, Foundation Chairperson, during a Courtesy Call at King’s House on Tuesday (May 12). In his remarks, Sir Patrick Allen said that Jamaica […]

GG Inducts Six Youth Ambassadors

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has inducted six young Jamaicans to serve as Jamaica Youth Ambassadors (JaYAP) for 2015-2017. Sujae Boswell and Tijani Christian will both serve as Jamaica Youth Ambassadors to the Commonwealth, while Jamar Howell and Rochelle Reid James have been appointed Youth Ambassadors to the United Nations General Assembly.  They are joined by […]

“Heed The Advice of Your Parents,” GG Tells Students

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says while adults must do their best to keep their children safe, young people should also heed the sound advice of parents and teachers and not engage in activity that puts them at risk.  He was addressing students, teachers and the Boards of Management of the Excelsior Schools while on a […]

“National Baking Company, a Model for Manufacturing” – GG

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has applauded the proprietors of National Baking Company for their involvement in the Jamaican economy and believes that the company should be a model for the manufacturing industry.  He was speaking to company CEO Gary “Butch” Hendrickson and staff following a tour of the factory located on Half-Way Tree Road. The […]

GG Expresses Condolence on Death of the Hon. Jeffrey McKitty

  Governor-General The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has expressed regret at the passing of the Honourable Jeffrey McKitty, Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Mary. Custos McKitty died this morning after a period of illness. Sir Patrick Allen described Custos McKitty as a true Jamaican patriot and commended him for his exemplary commitment […]

Reverend Jeffrey Mckenzie is The New Custos of St. Catherine

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Reverend Jeffery McKenzie, Pastor of the Phillippo Baptist Church in Spanish Town, as Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Catherine. He was sworn in this morning at King’s House and his appointment takes effect on April 1. Reverend McKenzie replaces Reverend the Hon. […]

GGPE Announces Information Technology Scholarship

The Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) is pleased to announce the ‘I Believe’ Initiative’s educational partnership with Monroe College (New York) and Scotia Foundation for the second Bachelor in Information Technology Scholarship. The Scholarship covers full tuition for the duration of 4 years beginning August 2015 and is tenable at the New Rochelle Campus of […]

GG Condemns Brutal Attack on Nation’s Children

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has condemned the spate of brutal attacks on the nation’s children and is appealing to persons with any information that can help the authorities to pass it on.  He was speaking on Thursday (Mar. 19) at the installation ceremony for the newly appointed Custos of St. Andrew, the Honourable Mrs Donna […]

GG Lauds FFP For Its Impact On Jamaica

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has commended Food for the Poor Jamaica for the impact that it has made on the country and for its role in helping the people of Jamaica especially during natural disasters.  He was speaking to the organization’s executives during a recent visit to their corporate headquarters in Spanish Town on […]

Governor-General Tours Jamaica Biennial 2014 Exhibition

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen  visited the National Gallery of Jamaica where he viewed the Jamaica Biennial 2014 Exhibition on Wednesday March 11. He was met on arrival by Dr. Veerle Poupeye, Executive Director of the Gallery and O’Neil Lawrence, Senior Curator who provided a guided tour. The exhibition features the work of ninety-nine artists from […]

Sir Patrick Receives Former Governor of the State of NY

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen received on a Courtesy Call, former Governor of the State of New York, David Paterson, on Wednesday, March 11 at King’s House. Governor Paterson was accompanied by a delegation which included founding partners of the Commonwealth Partners Inc. Mr Rohan Barnett Executive Chairman/ Managing Partner, Mr. Paul Simpson Managing Partner, Mr. […]

The Queen’s Message to the Commonwealth: ‘Young Commonwealth’

On Monday March 9, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen, delivered Her Majesty The Queen’s message at King’s House in celebration of Commonwealth Day. It reads thus: “One simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. So […]

Governor-General Supports Fight Against Corruption in Jamaica

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen said that he would like to stand by persons who are prepared to fight corruption in Jamaica when he addressed the Anti-corruption Conference organised by the Office of the Contractor General, Tuesday, March 9. “I would like to stand by the person or persons who are prepared to be bloody and […]

St. Andrew JPs Asked to Sign New Magistrate Roll

The installation ceremony for the newly appointed Custos of St. Andrew, Mrs. Donna Parchment Brown will take place on Thursday March 19 at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College starting at 3:00 p.m.  As a prelude to this event all Justices of the Peace for the parish are required to sign a new Magistrate Roll […]

Preserve Heritage Sites, GG Tells Youngsters

“King’s House forms a part of Jamaica’s rich architectural heritage.” This was the reminder coming from His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen when he addressed the JIS Heritage Competition Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 6 at King’s House. The competition which is being hosted for the fourth time by the JIS was applauded […]

GG Pays Tribute to Former T&T HC Gittens-Joseph

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen paid his respects to the late former High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Yvonne Gittens-Joseph on Thursday, March 5, by signing the Condolence Book which was opened in her memory at the Trinidadian High Commission. He also used the opportunity to express condolences to current High Commissioner Her Excellency […]

Governor-General’s Achievement Awards Nominations now Open

Kingston, Jamaica: Nominations for the esteemed Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA), an arm of the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE), is now open to the public. The closing date is midnight Thursday April 30, 2015. These awards are being presented under the theme “Values through Volunteerism. Impacting Communities: One Community at a Time”. Forty-two (42) persons […]

GG Urges Support for Girls’ Brigade

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is urging Jamaicans to support the Girls’ Brigade’s tag drive during the month of March which is also being observed as Girls’ Brigade Month. His comments were outlined in an address delivered by the Hon. Steadman Fuller, Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Kingston, at the launch of Girls Brigade Month […]

“Make the World a Better Place” GG Tells Scouts

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging Scouts across the island to follow in the footsteps of their founder Lord Baden Powell by making the world a better place than they find it.  He was speaking last Thursday at the Public Meeting of the Scout Association of Jamaica which is held annually at King’s House during […]

Sir Patrick Addresses Diplomatic Community

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen says that as the global community strives to adopt stronger security measures to combat the heinous crimes committed by terrorist organizations, governments should not forget the urgent need to confront the battle for the minds and hearts of young people. He was speaking at the annual dinner for the Diplomatic […]

GG Accepts Letters of Credence for Diplomatic Week

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen received Letters of Credence from three non-resident members of the Diplomatic Corps, today, February 9, during a brief ceremony at King’s House. The acceptance of the Credentials by The Governor-General is one of the activities to signal the beginning of Jamaica’s Diplomatic Week. The week will […]

Good Deeds Volunteers Rewarded

On December 17 last year a group eight students and teachers from three institutions, Waterford High School, the University of Technology and the University of the West Indies visited senior citizens at the Golden Age Home in Kingston where they interacted with the residents and engaged them in the singing of carols and storytelling.  They […]

GG Swears in New Custos of St Andrew

The Governor-General has sworn in Mrs. Donna Parchment Brown to serve as Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew effective February 2, 2015.  She will replace the Hon. Marigold Harding who is retiring after serving in the position since 2010. The swearing-in ceremony took place today at King’s House. According to Sir Patrick, this […]

“Take Religious Liberty Seriously” GG Tells Jamaicans

Jamaicans were encouraged by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen to take seriously, the fundamental human right of religious liberty which is protected by the nation’s constitution. He was speaking at the Festival of Religious Freedom convened by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other religious entities on January 24 at the National Arena. The Governor-General noted that […]

Procedure to Select Senior Public Servants Transparent – GG

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says the procedure which led to the appointment of Mrs. Arlene Harrison Henry as Public Defender accords with his commitment to ensure transparency in the selection of senior public servants.  He was speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for the new Public Defender at King’s House on Friday (Jan. 16). “The people […]

Christmas Good Deeds Competition Winner

The Office of The Governor-General and Staff is pleased to announce the winning entry in the Christmas Good Deeds Competition. First place is awarded to a group of volunteers from Clarendon led by Chavan Nelson who gave a full day of service at the Anderson Home for Children in May Pen. Their service included cleaning […]

Appointment of Public Defender

His Excellency The Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Arlene Harrison Henry to the post of Public Defender in accordance with the Public Defender (Interim) Act of 2000. Her appointment takes effect as of the 19th of January, 2015. Mrs. Harrison Henry, former President of the […]

His Excellency The Governor-General’s Message For The New Year 2015

My Fellow Jamaicans, My Fellow Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica, Some of you are in the habit of making New Year Resolutions while others have abandoned the thought of doing so.  Today though, I encourage each of us to make two resolutions: 1. To develop an attitude of gratitude and 2. To reach out to […]

Christmas Message From The Governor-General

My Fellow Jamaicans, There is something about Christmas which retraces our childhood days and floods our hearts with memories of family and friends. It makes us wish for joy and happiness and that indeed, there will be peace on earth and goodwill among mankind. That is what we call, “the spirit of Christmas;” that spirit […]

Deadline Extended For GG’s Christmas Good Deeds Competition

Deadline Extended For GG’s Christmas Good Deeds Competition The deadline for entry in the Governor-General’s Christmas Good Deeds Competition has been extended to Friday, December 19. The competition which was launched via social media on Friday, December 5 is open to families, individuals and groups of individuals who are not formally engaged in social outreach […]

The Governor-General’s Christmas “Good Deeds” Competition

WANTED: Persons who will help the less fortunate this Christmas! Be part of The Governor-General’s Christmas “Good Deeds” Competition which runs from December 15 to 29, 2014, with winners announced on January 5, 2015! The Governor-General challenges us to show love during this festive season especially to: Children in state care, The indigent in infirmaries, […]

GG Tells Pre-Med Graduates to Chase Their Dreams

“Never cease to dream!” This was The Governor-General’s message to graduates of the All American Institute of Medical Sciences at its first Graduation and White Coat Ceremony on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The Institution is Jamaica’s first off-shore medical school and is helping many students in Jamaica and the Caribbean to further their dreams of […]

39 Honoured for Outstanding Community Service at GGAA Pinning Ceremony

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen today performed the final activity of the 2014 Governor-General’s Achievement Awards by presenting the coveted GGAA Pin to 39 individuals for academic excellence and outstanding community service.  Twenty seven individuals under the age of thirty five and an additional twelve, ages thirty five and over, were pinned during a ceremony held […]

Governor-General Announces Jamaican Rhodes Scholar

At the end of an entire morning of nerve-racking interviews, the members of the Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee has announced that 23 year old Dr. Tariq Parker is the   recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship Award for 2015. The announcement was made by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen just minutes ago in the Drawing Room […]

Civil Servants Recognized at King’s House

Public Sectors workers, who have made an invaluable contribution to the Jamaica Civil Service for twenty-five years and more, were yesterday (Nov 19)  recognized for their stellar contribution to the growth and development of the nation at the Jamaica Civil Service Long Service Award Ceremony. The ceremony was held on the lawns of King’s House […]

Sir Patrick Allen Commends Prison Ministries at Fundraising Banquet

“If prisons are to protect society from criminals, then they must become places where the incarcerated are encouraged to believe in their inherent value as human beings.” Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen made the statement when he addressed the Prison Fellowship Jamaica Fundraising Banquet at the Terra Nova Hotel last evening. Sir Patrick said that there […]

GG Presents Proclamation for National Storytelling Day

Youth Thank GG for Youth Conferences

At the end of the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative Youth Consultative Conferences, delegates from across the island expressed their sincere appreciation for the well-planned sessions which they say have boosted their confidence in their ability to gain opportunities from the Global Logistics Hub Initiative. Kevin White, one of the Surrey youth delegates said that “these […]

Family Life Ministries Celebrates 30 Years

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has lauded Family Life Ministries for its invaluable contribution to the strengthening of families as well as the spiritual, moral and emotional enrichment of Jamaicans. He was speaking at the 30th Anniversary Dinner for Family Life Ministries held at King’s House on Saturday, November 1. He said that from a small […]

GG tells Youth to Prepare for Logistics Hub Journey

“Be confident that you have the capacity to run a successful race for yourself, your families and your country.  Invest in yourselves; position yourselves and prepare yourselves to carve your own niche in Jamaica’s journey to become the next global logistics hub!” – Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen. The saying, ‘it’s better to be safe than […]

GG Encourages Confident Youth for Logistics Hub

“Invest in yourself, position yourself and be prepared!” These were the three important guidelines Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen gave to youth delegates who attended his I Believe Initiative Youth Consultative Conference in Montego Bay on October 22 at the Sea Garden Resort. The Governor-General is optimistic that at the end of these sessions, young people […]

Sir Patrick Recognizes Outstanding Jamaicans

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen presided over the Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours and Awards at King’s House today, where a number of outstanding Jamaicans were conferred with National Honours. The recipients were honoured for serving and impacting the nation positively and received formal recognition by way of their acceptance of National Awards: […]

GG Rewards Students for Volunteerism

Rewarding volunteerism! This was the platform on which Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen awarded eight students who gave up their summer vacation/holiday to volunteer at non-profit organizations island-wide. The selfless ten were awarded under one arm of the Governor-General’s Programme For Excellence, the I Believe Initiative, which is staging its second Summer of Service Competition this […]

JPs Urged to Help Stop Spread of Chik-v

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging Justices of the Peace (JPs) to be active in the national clean-up campaign to stop the spread of the Chikungunya virus and support all efforts to combat the Aedes Egypti mosquito by removing their breeding sites.  In addressing Justices of the Peace for St. Catherine on Thursday (Oct. 9), […]

SUPPORT GROWS FOR GGPE

The Governor-General’s Programme For Excellence (GGPE) is steadily gaining support from Justices of the Peace with JPs in the parishes of Clarendon and Hanover joining their colleagues in seven other parishes to fully endorse the programme and pledge support for its objective to transform Jamaica through the restoration of values. Since April, Governor-General Sir Patrick […]

GG presents computers to IBI Villages and Back2Life

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen on Monday (Sept. 29) presented 10 computers and two tablet PCs to representatives from the IBI Villages of Albert Town in Trelawny and the Association of Clubs in Petersfield Westmoreland, as well as the Kingston Rotary Club’s Back2Life programme at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre.  The computers were a gift […]

GG Awards Outstanding Surrey Citizens

Another group of outstanding Jamaicans were today awarded by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen for being stalwarts in their communities and for their significant contribution to national development.  A hidden gem, Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa, was the setting for the presentation ceremony for the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) for the twelve Surrey recipients. They […]

Manchester JPs Endorse GG’s Programme For Excellence

Trevor Heaven, President of the Lay Magistrates Association of Manchester, has endorsed the Governor-General’s Programme For Excellence (GGPE) and said Justices of the Peace for the parish must provide the tools to assist children and young adults to realize their full potential.  He was responding to a call by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen for JPs […]

GG Urged JPs to Use GGPE to Transform Trelawny

His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen called on Justices of the Peace for the Parish of Trelawny to use the Governor-General’s Programme for Excellence (GGPE) as one of the vehicles through which they can advocate for the transformation of Jamaica. This was his primary focus when he met with the JPs on Tuesday, […]

“Build on your Legacy & Seize the Moment,” Sir Patrick tells Scotiabank

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen culminated his series of Corporate Visits for 2014 with a motivating visit to the Scotiabank Centre in Downtown Kingston today, September 12, 2014. President and CEO, Mrs. Jacqueline Sharp warmly welcomed him and led a presentation on the bank’s history, services, investments in youth and contributions to community development. In addition to […]

GG Appoints Eight Female Jurists

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed confidence in the eight female jurists who were sworn in at King’s House today, September 10, 2014. He commended them on the expertise and commitment they had demonstrated which proved that they would continue to uphold the high standards commonly associated with Jamaica’s judiciary. The Governor-General said that despite […]

Sir Patrick Commends JBG on Innovation & Growth

There was a certain level of excitement surrounding The Governor-General’s Corporate Visit to the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies on Friday, September 5, 2014. Though this visit mirrored previous Corporate Visits, it was however infused with very interesting activities which served as a huge reminder that Jamaicans are a resilient, God-fearing, hard-working people who refuse […]

GG’s Corporate Visits Make Stop at Jamaica Broilers

GG Recognizes Scotia on 125th Anniversary

Sir Patrick Lauds RAFA Wings Appeal

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has commended the Royal Air Forces Association Jamaica Branch for their efforts to advance the welfare of servicemen and ex-service men across Jamaica. He was speaking at the launch of their annual fund-raising event, Wings Appeal, at King’s House today. Sir Patrick said that each year, the fundraiser allow Jamaicans to […]

Sir Patrick Awards Cornwall GGAA Recipients

His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen on Thursday, August 28, presented the Governor-General’s Achievement Award to fourteen individuals from the County of Cornwall.  The GGAA, one of two programmes under the Governor-General’s Programme For Excellence, was held at the All American Institute of Medical Sciences in Black River St. Elizabeth. In his address, […]

GG’s Statement on the Death of the Hon. Roger Clarke

It is with shock and sadness that I learnt of the passing of the Honourable Roger Clarke, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries earlier today.  Only recently I joined with all other Jamaicans in wishing him a speedy recovery as he underwent surgery.  We were all hopeful for his return to office at the end of […]

Former GG Sir Howard Cooke Laid To Rest

The nation has laid to rest former Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke.  He received a State Funeral which was held at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on Friday, August 8, 2014. Present at the well-attended Service of Thanksgiving was Governor-General His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, family members of […]

Sir Patrick Celebrates Independence at Grand Gala

Jamaica Commemorates Independence With Celebration at King’s House

Leaders of the nation headed the list of dignitaries and other guests who attended this year’s Independence Day Parade.  The event, which marked the start of the national celebration of Jamaica’s 52nd anniversary of Independence, was held at King’s House today, August 6, 2014. During the ceremony, Independence Day Messages were delivered by The Governor-General, […]

Independence Day Message From The Governor-General

Fellow Citizens and Friends of Jamaica: As we reflect on our journey as an independent people since 1962, we know that despite the problems and hardships we have faced, we have much for which to be thankful. The bedrock of positive energy in our national philosophy derived from our Flag, Our Motto, our National Pledge […]

GG Lauds Farmers For Feeding The Nation

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has commended farmers for their undying commitment to feeding the nation despite the ravages of natural disasters and crop diseases.  He was speaking at the 62nd staging of the Denbigh Agricultural Show on August 1. Sir Patrick Allen described 2014 as being a very challenging year for Jamaica, with the worst […]

Sir Patrick Presents New Colours to JDF

The welcomed downpour of rain did not deter the Presentation of new Colours to the Second Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (2 JR) by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Up Park Camp. The Governor-General told the 2 JR Officers that, although the Colours would be trooped only […]

Two Days of Official Mourning for Sir Howard

August 7 and 8, 2014 have been declared as the official days of mourning for former Governor-General the late Sir Howard Cooke. According to the release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the Lying-in-State for the public will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5 at the Cultural Centre, […]

Emancipation Day Message From The Governor-General

My Fellow Jamaicans, If somehow we could relive that First of August, 1838 – that dawn of “Full Freedom”, perhaps our celebration today would be of a different nature. Yes, there would still be the joy which must come with the celebration of the destruction of the shackles of slavery.   There would still be […]

Gov’t Leaders Sign Condolence Book at King’s House

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and members of her Cabinet paid their respects to the late former Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke by signing the Condolence Book at King’s House on July 28, 2014. Other persons who have signed the Condolence book at King’s House include: former Prime Minister the […]

GG Gets Firsthand Look at JDF in Training

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen on Friday (July 25) visited the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Training Camp at Moneague in St. Ann and observed members of the 3rd Battalion Jamaica Regiment in the training phase of their Annual Camp.  He was taken on a tour by Major General Antony Anderson, Chief of Defence Staff and senior […]

GG Awards Outstanding Citizens of Middlesex

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen presented the prestigious Governor-General’s Achievement Award on thirteen outstanding individuals from the county of Middlesex. The ceremony, the first of three presentation ceremonies to be held at the county level, took place at the St. Mary Parish Church Hall on Thursday, July 25. During his address, Governor-General […]

GG Signs Condolence Book for Sir Howard

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen signed the Condolence Book for the late former Governor-General, the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, on Wednesday, July 23 at King’s House. This is one of five Condolence Books which have been opened across the island to allow well-wishers to pay tribute to the former Governor-General. […]

State Funeral For Sir Howard Cooke

Cabinet has decided that Former Governor-General the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, is to be granted a State Funeral. The funeral is scheduled for Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, 1 George Headley Drive, Kingston commencing at 10:00am. Interment will follow at National Heroes Park. According to a press […]

Custodes Reflect on Sir Howard

Two of our current Custodes were installed by former Governor-General The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke: The Honourable Sophia Azan, Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Catherine, who was installed on May 15, 2003, and The Honourable Marcia Bennett, Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Thomas who was installed on July 8, 2004. […]

Sir Patrick Receives Miss Jamaica World 2014

St Thomas JPs Encouraged to Leave Behind Legacy

Justices of the Peace for the parish of St Thomas were encouraged by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen to leave behind a legacy which persons can emulate. Sir Patrick Allen was addressing JPs at a meeting held at the Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. His charge to the JPs resonated […]

Thanks for Choosing Jamaica, GG Tells Nurses

His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen expressed his appreciation to members of the nursing profession who opted to work in Jamaica instead of migrating “to greener pastures”.  He was addressing a group of nurses, headed by Nurses Association of Jamaica President Antonette Patterson-Bartley, who paid a Courtesy Call on him on July 15, […]

King’s House Staff Remembers Sir Howard

  Delroy England: “Sir Howard was a nice person to work with, he was very helpful towards the staff.  Even during the hurricane season, he would sit with us and we did not mind staying over with him to make sure everything was ok.  Sad that he has passed on, but he is a blessed […]

Other Jamaican Leaders Pay Their Respects To Sir Howard

Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Mr. Andrew Holness were among Jamaica’s current and past leaders who paid tribute to the late former Governor-General The Most Hon. Howard Cooke.

Who Was The Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke?

As the nation mourns the loss of elder statesman  and former Governor- General The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, let us reflect on his journey from birth to Head of State. Read more: Who was Sir Howard Cooke?  

Jamaica Has Lost a Devoted Son!

Governor-General, His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen is expressing sadness, on behalf of Lady Allen and the entire King’s House staff, at the passing of former Governor-General The Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke who died on Friday July 11, 2014, at the age of 98.  He extends condolences to his widow, The Most […]

The Late Sir Howard Cooke- A Glimpse

GG Receives Acting Public Defender

             

“Men of Might, Be a Worthy Example”, GG tells Cornwall Graduates

“I address you now as young men who are emerging “Men of Might”, men who have matured intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Today, you, young men, have enabled Cornwall College to succeed in its Mission!   And I say congrats on your achievement.”  This words were uttered by The Governor-General in his address to the 2014 […]

GG Pays Tribute to Manley

Sir Patrick Allen Receives SDA Youth Ambassadors

                           

GG Visits VMBS

His Excellency The Governor-General, has encouraged the Victoria Mutual Building Society to continue on its path of national development. He was addressing the group’s executive body during his Corporate Visit to the company’s Head Office in Half-Way Tree today, June 26, 2014. “I can see, Mr. Powell, where VMBS is ensuring the development of Jamaica, […]

Deputy Governor-General Receives Math Champions

Parish Champions of the Butterkist National Primary Schools Mathematics Competition had much to celebrate when they were received on a Courtesy Call by the Deputy Governor-General, the Hon. Steadman Fuller, Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of Kingston today ( June 20). Having just learnt of their placement in the recent GSAT Exams, the champions were […]

Sir Patrick Allen Tours Jamaica National

On Tuesday June 16, 2014, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen was the special guest of the Jamaica National Building Society at a luncheon in his honour at their Café Oasis Restaurant in Halfway Tree. JNBS is one of three corporate entities which have benefited so far from the Governor-General’s corporate visits […]

GG Appoints Queen’s Counsel

Tuesday, June 19, 2014 His Excellency The Governor-General has, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appointed the under-mentioned Attorneys-at-Law as Queen’s Counsel, with effect from June 17, 2014: Mr. Garth A. McBean Mr. Charles E. Piper    

GG Announces Recipient of IBI/Monroe/Goren Scholarship

Governor-General Tours RADA Open Day

GG Encourages Sydney Pagon on Parish Tour

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen charged students of the Sydney Pagan Agricultural High School in St. Elizabeth, to avoid creating self-imposed barriers that may limit their true potential. He made the comment while addressing students at the school during his tour of the parish on Thursday, June 11, 2014. “Students, as you prepare for the rest […]

GG’s Programme for Excellence Announces Summer of Service Competition

June 2, 2014 “Being part of the Summer of Service Competition (SOS) taught me to volunteer from the heart.  I made numerous sacrifices because of this competition which has allowed me to grow and utilize skills I never thought I possessed.  The most rewarding feeling for me, however, came from the expressions of gratitude from […]

GG Begins Corporate Visits With LIME

His Excellency The Governor-General began a series of corporate visits with a tour of LIME Jamaica Corporate headquarters at Carlton Crescent in Kingston today, May 30, 2014. The very intimate and friendly setting in which Sir Patrick Allen met with the corporate group came as surprise to Gary Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of the telecommunications […]

Sir Patrick Encourages Managers at JIM

At the 6th staging of the Jamaica Institute Management Limited Manager of the Year Awards Ceremony, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, President of JIM, said that he is proud that the institution turned the loss of sponsorship to into an opportunity of growth. Sir Patrick Allen was speaking at their annual award […]

GG Involves Portland JPs In Country’s Transformation

“I need all of you to become proactive advocates of transformation for our island nation. This is a new day for our JPs.”  This was the Governor-General’s charge to the Justices of the Peace in the Parish of Portland on Tuesday May 28, 2014 at the Christ Church in Port Antonio. The special meeting convened […]

Fruitful Vale Gets New Facilities, GG Encourages Residents

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has called on residents of of his home town, Fruitful Vale in Portland, to utilise their new facilities to ensure personal and community development. He was addressing residents at the Dedication and Official Opening Ceremony of the Fruitful vale Multipurpose Complex, the Fruit Vale I.T. Centre […]

Sir Patrick Allen Commends Poet Laureate

Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen hosted the Investiture Ceremony of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Professor Mervyn Morris, in the Ballroom of King’s House on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Professor Morris is the third Poet Laureate to be appointed in Jamaica, the others being   Messrs. Tom […]

Their Excellencies Attend Son’s Graduation

On a brief visit to the USA, Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen, attended the graduation of their son Kurt Fernando, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was awarded the Juris Doctor Degree. During the Governor-General’s absence, […]

Morehead Uni. Students Make Special Visit For GG

Lady Allen Visits Llandilo School of Special Education

Sir Patrick Visits Little London

“Carpe Diem- Seize the moment!” This was the charge given to the students of the Little London High School by Governor-General His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen on Thursday May 15, 2014.  Sir Patrick Allen was addressing the students as part of his official tour to the parish of Westmoreland. “Some of you […]

Revolving Loan Programme Gets Financial Boost Through IBI

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has honoured a commitment to raise two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Frank Morgan Revolving Loan Programme which is managed by the Association of Clubs (AOC) in Petersfield, Westmoreland.   On Thursday (May 15) Sir Patrick Allen visited the community as part of his tour of […]

Governor-General Issues Charge to Credit Union

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has charged financial institutions to go beyond their usual duties and services and play a major role in the transformation of the country. Sir Patrick Allen was speaking at the formal opening of the Highgate branch of the First Regional Cooperative Credit Union in St. Mary yesterday (May 13). “I encourage […]

“Make a Difference” – Lady Allen Tells Nurses

As nurses across Jamaica celebrated International Nurses’ Day under the theme “Nurses for Change – A Vital Resource for Health,” Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen has recommended four ways in which nurses can make a difference and be a vital resource in the lives of others.  Addressing Monday’s (May 12) Nurses’ Day celebration […]

The Deputy GG Receives Judson University Choir

Ethiopian Orthodox Church Calls on Deputy GG

Sir Patrick Calls On Christian Leaders To Do More

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen called on Church Leaders and Christian Organisations to lead the charge in steering Jamaica to a path of truth, peace and good neighbourliness.  The Governor-General was addressing a wide group of faith-based organisations at King’s House on May 1, 2014. “I desire that in the course of our discussions this afternoon, […]

GG Calls on JPs to Help Fix Jamaica

Just months after calling on all Jamaicans to make a concerted effort to take back the country from the grip of crime and the shroud of negativity, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has initiated an island-wide forum with Justices of the Peace to achieve this goal. The first in a series of consultations took place at […]

GG Cites Need For Innovation in Insurance Industry

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen says although growth in CARICOM countries was projected at 3.3 percent in 2014 , insurance and financial advisers in the Caribbean should consider how they can best serve the people of the region.  “People want to feel secure, but oftentimes those who most need your services […]

Governor-General to Address CARAIFA

On Monday, April 28, 2014, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen will deliver the main address at the Opening Ceremony of the 28th Annual Sales Congress of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.   The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa […]

Governor-General Meets with SDA Executive Secretary

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen received on a Courtesy Call, Dr. G.T. Ng, Executive Secretary of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, at King’s House on April 17, 2014. Members of the General World Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists, the Inter- American Division and the Jamaica Union Conference, also joined Dr. Ng on his […]

Former Custos of Portland Lauded for Exemplary Service

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has paid tribute to the Honourable Roy Thompson former Custos of Portland, for his outstanding service to Jamaica which, he said, “exemplified the values and principles that are critical to the fabric of our nation.” The Governor-General was speaking on Wednesday (April 15) at a function hosted […]

Governor-General Pays Tribute to Former President of T&T

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General today (Apr. 15) paid tribute to the late Arthur Napoleon Raymond (ANR) Robinson, former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, by signing the Condolence Book which has been opened at the offices of the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in Jamaica. Sir Patrick Allen […]

Judges Urged to Persevere Despite Trying Circumstances

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen urged five newly appointed judges to persevere in their efforts to dispense justice fairly and in a timely manner, despite trying circumstances.  He told them that it was in those challenging times that their “true mettle” would shine and they would need to remain resolute in the […]

Church Urged to Lead Effort to Restore Values

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is urging the Church to lead the charge to renew and awaken the traditional values on which the nation was established. He said that values such as respect, discipline, integrity, fairness, perseverance and a determination to excel which his I Believe Initiative also promotes, are essential to building the nation. The […]

Governor-General Receives Queen’s Baton

Lady Allen Launches Reading Week

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen is again adding her support to the initiative by GraceKennedy Remittance Services to strengthen reading skills among primary school children.  Speaking at the launch of the I Pledge Programme and Reading Week at Ascot Primary School in Portmore on April 2, Lady Allen said “Jamaica will be in […]

GG Receives Executive Members of the Jamaica Chapter of Junior Chamber

GG Presents Instrument of Appointment Under Respect Agenda

Seventy-five persons today received their Instruments of Appointments as Mentors of the Respect Agenda Programme at an official ceremony held at King’s House. Patron of the Respect Agenda Programme, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, made a symbolic presentation of the Instruments to Ambassador Burchell Whiteman. The National Mentorship Programme (NaMP), an element […]

We Must Commit to Being Examples of Integrity, Says GG

The Governor-General has called on Jamaicans to use all available channels and commit to being examples of honesty, integrity, justice and to practice tolerance of each other’s view. Sir Patrick Allen was speaking at the installation ceremony for the Hon. Beryl Rochester, Custos Rotulorum for the Parish of St. Elizabeth at the Independence Park in […]

Bustamante Benefits From Over $70,000 USD Donation Through Lady Allen

When Lady Allen, wife of Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, accepted patronage for the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC), she accepted not just as First Lady but also as a ‘friend’ of the organisation.  Through her active involvement with the hospital, several stakeholders have become donors to the sole children hospital in the country. Once such […]

GG Urges Service Clubs to Work Together

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging service clubs in Jamaica to combine their talents and expertise in order to identify solutions to the social challenges facing the nation.  He was speaking at the Fiftieth Anniversary Banquet of the Kiwanis Club of Kingston at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday (Mar. 25.) Sir Patrick Allen said […]

GG Launches New Parenting Initiative

March 21, 2014: Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen today launched “Parenting Jamaica,” a multi-media campaign which aims to transmit positive parenting messages to the society, in an effort to curb the problem of weak parenting in Jamaica.  The campaign is a collaborative effort between Family Life Ministries and the “I Believe Initiative” (IBI), one of the […]

Governor-General to Launch ‘Parenting Jamaica’

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, will be launching a new multi-media campaign to transmit positive parenting messages to society. “Parenting Jamaica”, a project by Dr. Barry Davidson and Dr. Faith Linton of Family Ministries in partnership with the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative, will be held in the Ballroom of King’s House […]

NCU Ambassadors Pay Courtesy Call on The GG

GG Unveils ‘Bold Ones’

  His Excellency The Governor-General unveiled the 2014 Mobile Campaign of the Continental/National Baking Company’s ‘Bold Ones’ Initiative, on Friday March 15, 2014 at King’s House. This project represents Continental Baking Company’s tangible marketing support for micro and small companies, less than seven years old, in the manufacturing sector. Each of the eight distribution trucks […]

The GG Reiterate Call to Reclaim Country

  Referring to the recent joint unprecedented statement issued by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness and him in his capacity as Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen reiterated the call for Jamaicans to reclaim their country. He was speaking at the Installation ceremony for […]

Governor-General Delivers Message on Behalf of The Queen

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen delivered a message from Her Majesty The Queen at the annual hosting of Commonwealth Day at King’s House on Monday, March 10, 2014. In her message, Her Majesty noted that while life differs widely throughout the Commonwealth, each country is committed to the same goals. “Together […]

The GG Proclaims March Endometriosis Awareness Month

The Governor-General has proclaimed the month of March as “Endometriosis Awareness Month”. The Proclamation was read on March 11, 2014 in the Ballroom of King’s House and was received by Mrs. Shauna Fuller-Clarke, founder of the B.A.S.E. Foundation: Better Awareness and Support for those who suffer from Endometriosis (B.A.S.E.). During the brief presentation ceremony, His […]

Governor-General Supports Kingston City Run

Governor-General’s GGAA and IBI Programmes Merge

The Advisory Boards of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA) and the I Believe Initiative (IBI), have accepted a proposal from Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen for the merger of both programmes.  The proposal was presented at a joint meeting of the Advisory Boards held at King’s House on Tuesday, February 25. […]

Sir Patrick Allen Launches Girls’ Brigade Month

March 7, 2014 The Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has indicated that organisations such as the Girls’ Brigade Jamaica are like bulwarks in the mission to build the Jamaica that is envisioned for 2030.  He was speaking at the media launch of Girls’ Brigade Month and Tag Drive that was held at King’s House today (Mar. […]

Governor-General Launches the IBI/Monroe College/Goren Scholarship

March 6, 2014 Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has launched the I Believe/Monroe Scholarship on Thursday, March 6 at King’s House. The scholarship is being offered in partnership with Monroe College, New York and Philanthropists James and Manuela Goren in the field of Information Technology. Sir Patrick Allen said that: in […]

Their Excellencies Host Royal Visitors

March 3, 2014 On Monday March 3, 2014, Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen engaged Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex as part of their official visit to King’s House. Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen and the Countess of Wessex toured the […]

ECJ Selected Commissioners Appointed

March 4, 2014 Governor-General His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has appointed the following four persons to serve as the selected members of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), effective March 1, 2014.  They are the Hon. Dorothy Pine McLarty, OJ, Mr. Earl Jarrett, CD, the Hon. Mr. Justice Karl Harrison (Ret’d), CD […]

Lead the Rebuilding Process, GG Tells Custodes

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, has charged Custodes to be change agents in their parishes and give leadership to a ‘rescue package’ that will pull Jamaica back from looming destruction.  Speaking at the annual Custodes Luncheon at King’s House on February 27, Sir Patrick Allen said that recent events which have […]

Their Excellencies Meet With The Earl and Countess of Wessex

March 3, 2014 Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen received, on a Courtesy Call, Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex at King’s House today, Monday, March 3, 2014. His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex […]

Joint Statement Issued by The Governor-General, the Most Honourable Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition

A CALL TO ALL JAMAICANS FOR REFLECTION AND RECONCILIATION Fellow Jamaicans, Our homeland is passing through a moral crisis such as we have never seen before. Most of us are still reeling from the shock of the heinous crimes committed against our people, young and old alike, babies and young children, pregnant women, as well […]

‘Let us Unite to Fight Crime’, Says GG

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen called on the nation to unite in the fight against crime and bring criminals to justice. The Governor-General was speaking at the Founder’s Day Service of the Scout Association of Jamaica on Sunday, February 23, 2014. “This monster of crime threatens to destroy completely any evidence […]

GG Cites Link Between Scouting and Discipline Among Youth

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, who is also Chief Scout of Jamaica, says that he remains convinced that scouting will help to prepare the nation’s youth to become disciplined and responsible adults. The Governor-General was speaking at the Public Meeting of the Scout Association of Jamaica at King’s House on Thursday, February […]

The GG’s I Believe Initiative Supports UB/JN Legacy Scholarship

  I Believe Initiative, through its Patron, Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, has endorsed a new scholarship programme forged between the Jamaica National Foundation and the University of Birmingham. Under the programme, three one-year tertiary level scholarships will become available over a three year period starting in September 2014, to Jamaican […]

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen Congratulates Youth at UN Model Assembly

  At the 38th staging of the UN Model Assembly Prize Giving Ceremony at King’s House today, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen reiterated his belief in young people and their potential to succeed. “… I have an unshakeable belief in young people and their potential to succeed.  That has always been […]

Lady Allen Donates Stethoscope and iPad to BHC

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, through the assistance of the Issa Trust Foundation, on Monday, February 10, 2014 donated one Stethoscope, three boxes of Welch Allyn Thermometer Probe Covers and an iPad to the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC). The brief handing-over ceremony took place in the Learning Centre and was witnessed by […]

First Female Custos for St. Elizabeth

Mrs. Beryl Rochester today (Mon. Feb. 10) created history when she was sworn in as the first female Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Elizabeth by Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House.  She succeeds the Hon. Wilfred Nembhard. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen reminded the new Custos that the […]

Their Excellencies Host Diplomatic Corps Dinner

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen said that Jamaica looks forward to deepening its relations with the Diplomatic Community in order to confront numerous global challenges such as those posed by climate change and safety and security.  He was speaking at the Annual Dinner for members of the Diplomatic Corps which was […]

Champion Spellers Call on Their Excellencies

Parish champions in the 2014 Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee championship were received on a Courtesy Call by Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen on Thursday February 6, 2014 at King’s House. The Governor-General, who sported his “I Believe” shirt in honour of the champions, spoke briefly […]

The GG Meets with Finalists in LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year Competition

Governor-General Accepts Letters of Credence at the Start of Diplomatic Week

At the 16th staging of Jamaica’s Annual Diplomatic Week, Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen accepted Letters of Credence presented to him by resident and non-resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners in two presentation ceremonies held at King’s House on Monday February 3, 2014. The annual affair, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign […]

GG Cites Concern for Country’s Image

January 28, 2014 Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen said that Jamaicans are concerned that for a country which holds first place in the Guinness Book of Records for the number of churches per square mile, it is ranked among the murder capitals of the world and holds a low position on the global transparency index.  He […]

Governor-General Encourages Leaders to be Confident at the 34th Annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast

  Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen said that leaders from every sphere of national life have taken bold steps to focus on the prospects of Jamaica’s future through prayer and contemplation. The Governor-General was speaking at the staging of the 34th annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, January 16, at […]

Lady Allen Applauds Sagicor for 5K Run

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2014 Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, Co-Patron of the Sagicor/Sigma Corporate Run 2014, on Tuesday (Jan. 14) lauded the Sagicor Group of Companies for not shirking its corporate social responsibility despite its own business-related challenges.  She was speaking at the official launch of the annual 5K Run which […]

The Governor-General Swears-in New Judges

January 6, 2014 Newly appointed Judges to serve in Jamaica’s Justice System during the Hilary Term were today called upon by Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen to reassure Jamaicans that justice is being carried out in a fair manner. The Governor-General who was speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held at King’s […]

New Year Message From The Governor-General His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD

As we stand at the dawn of 2014, we must take time to reflect on the experiences of the past year and look ahead to the 365 days of an unknown future. Today, many are making resolutions as we seek the best strategy for securing a 2014 which is happier, healthier and more productive than […]

Christmas Message from The Governor-General His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen ON, GCMG, CD

At this special time of the year, our hearts are warmed by thoughts of family and friends and most people are moved to acts of kindness and generosity of spirit. We thrill to the sights, smells and sounds associated with Christmas – the carols, the decorations, the sorrel, Christmas pudding and traditional meals, the red […]

Their Excellencies Bring Early Christmas Cheer to Annotto Bay Hospital

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, History was created.  On that day His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen became the first Head of State to officially visit the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary in twenty years.   Her Excellency The Most Honourable Lady Allen accompanied the Governor-General. Their Excellencies’ visit to the hospital culminated […]

Lady Allen Helps Secure Funding for Glehope Roofing Project

The Glenhope Nursery in Kingston hosted a ceremony on December 16 to mark the completion of its $3.3 million roofing project.  This was undertaken by the International Proxy Parents (IPP) and was financed by a number of sponsors including main sponsor the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany which donated $1.3 million in response […]

The Governor-General Pays Tribute to Mandela

TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA FROM THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL H.E. THE MOST HON. SIR PATRICK ALLEN ON, GCMG, CD   Madiba Nelson Mandela: beloved former President of South Africa; Nobel Laureate;  prisoner for justice and truth; giant in the struggle which finally demolished apartheid; tireless advocate for global respect for human rights, justice and peace; true champion […]

Lady Allen Lauds FHC at its Foundation Launch

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, wife of Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, congratulated the First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union for launching the ‘FHC Foundation’ on Tuesday December 10 at its training facility in Kingston. Lady Allen said that it was symbolic that the FHC, which is a merger of Churches Cooperative Credit Union and […]

Lady Allen Visits with Golden-Agers at St. Monica’s

Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen brought early Christmas cheer to residents of the St. Monica’s Home in St. Catherine when she visited on Monday December 9. The home for the elderly was supplied with much needed adult diapers and medication, through the kind contribution of the LASCO Company. These items, along with towels […]

Governor-General Encourages Nation Not to Lose Hope in Prayer Vigils

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen was among several leaders who joined with members of the National Prayer Vigil Committee, to pray for the healing and transformation of Jamaica at the National Prayer Vigil that was held at the Sharon Baptist Church in St. Elizabeth. Sir Patrick Allen said that while many may […]

Their Excellencies Make Historic Visit to Percy Junor Hospital

Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen today (December 5), paid a special visit to the Percy Junor Hospital in Manchester, as part of their Annual Hospital Tour which takes place in December each year. However, it was somewhat more than just a regular visit as hospital records […]

The Governor-General Praises PROComm on 35th Anniversary

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has praised the PROComm team for the effective, efficient and innovative manner in which they have served their clients over the years. Sir Patrick Allen was speaking at the company’s thirty-fifth anniversary celebration at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston last evening (December 4). His Excellency noted […]

Sir Patrick Allen Congratulates JIS on Heritage Essay Competition

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen on Friday, November 29, commended the Jamaica Information Service for its excellent initiative- the annual Heritage Essay Competition that was held in the Ballroom of King’s House. Sir Patrick Allen in his address recounted the works of Jamaican stalwarts and organisations that have played key roles […]

Governor-General Awards High Achievers at GGAA Pinning Ceremony

Twenty recipients of the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) were honoured on Tuesday, November 26, by Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen at the annual GGAA Pinning Ceremony held at King’s House. Among the twenty recipients, six of them were youth awardees and fourteen were adults.   Three of the six youth awardees, namely […]

Governor-General Hosts Agricultural Exposition at King’s House

The proclamation declaring November 25 as “Eat Jamaican” Day, was issued by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen on Monday, November 25, in a ceremony at King’s House. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, who is also patron of the event, made brief remarks shortly before declaring “the twenty-fifth day in the month of November […]

Boyne’s ‘IDEAS MATTER’ Launched at King’s House

November 19, 2013 Prolific Jamaican journalist, author and TV presenter Ian Boyne launched yet another of his books “IDEAS MATTER: Journey into the Mind of a Veteran Journalist” on Tuesday, November 19, at King’s House.  This was facilitated by Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen. In his […]

The Governor-General Hosts State Luncheon for Haitian President

Thursday November 14, 2013 – Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen hosted His Excellency Mr. Michel Martelly at a State Luncheon held in honour of the Haitian President who was paying his first State Visit to Jamaica. During his visit, President Martelly paid a […]

Lady Allen Meets with First Lady of the Republic of Suriname

Lady Allen Endorses LIME 6K Run

  November 12, 2013 Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen has called on Jamaicans to put on their running gears and join the LIME Foundation in the 2014 “RUN FOR THE CHILDREN” charity event in aid of the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Lady Allen, who was speaking at the official lunch of the charity […]

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador Bids Farewell to The Governor-General

November 11, 2013 Outgoing United States Ambassador, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, paid a farewell Courtesy Call on His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen on Monday, November 11 at King’s House. Their Excellencies met briefly with Ambassador Bridgewater and presented to the Ambassador, a parting gift during the […]

Their Excellencies Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Bustamante Hospital

Bustamante Hospital for Children today (November 6) celebrated its 50th Anniversary and to mark the momentous occasion, Governor-General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, advanced their annual visit to the hospital in acknowledgement of the value they place on the only paediatric hospital in Jamaica. […]

The GG’s I Believe National Youth Conference: A Resounding Success

October 24, 2013 The Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative’s National Youth Conference culminated on a high note last Thursday (October 24), but not before serving up sessions focused on assisting youth with career choices through “Career Development” and “Youth Entrepreneurship“; twin themes that guided the event at the Jamaica Conference Centre. It was with a sense […]

Governor-General Presents National Honours and Awards

One hundred and eighty outstanding recipients were yesterday conferred with national medals and awards by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen at the National Honours and Awards presentation Ceremony which took place on the Lawns of King’s House on October 21, 2013. Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, who was acting in accordance with the […]

Governor-General’s Message for Heritage Week

This year, Jamaicans are again observing Heritage Week against the backdrop of prevailing global economic challenges which have served to deepen national socio-economic difficulties.   In my inaugural address in 2009, I had urged Jamaicans to regard the economic downturn as an opportunity to explore new approaches to economic wellbeing, using what is right about Jamaica […]

Governor-General’s Tribute to the Memory of The Late Former Deputy Prime Minister and Ambassador to the United States (US), Seymour Mullings

Conveyed In Letter To Mrs. Lilieth Mullings October 17, 2013 I am saddened by the passing of your dear husband, Ambassador Seymour Mullings, who served Jamaica so faithfully as a consummate Parliamentarian, Cabinet Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Diplomat. Jamaicans will always remember Mr. Mullings for his humility, kindness, integrity and quiet  dignity. His constituents […]

Governor-General Installs the Hon. Lincoln Thaxter as Custos of Portland

The T.P. Lecky Hall at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, on Thursday, October 10, came alive for the installation of the Hon. Lincoln Thaxter as  Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Portland by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen. On his arrival, The Governor-General duly inspected the Guard of Honour furnished […]

Surrey Citizens Awarded GGAA

  September 30, St. Thomas/ Four outstanding individuals from the county of Surrey received the prestigious Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) at the final (adult) presentation ceremony which was held at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Resort last Friday. The recipients, Ms. Coreen Angela Dennis of the parish of St. Andrew, Mr. Cosmo Jowhill of Kingston, Ms. […]

“Reduce speed and exercise caution” GG urges motorists

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, speaking at the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards ceremony in St. Thomas this afternoon, appealed to motorists to reduce their speed and exercise caution while travelling on the nation’s roads.  The Governor-General who is Patron of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) said he is extremely concerned about the high number of motor […]

Bustamante Children’s Hospital’s ‘Happy Room’

Plans by the management of the Bustamante Hospital for Children to create a ‘Happy Room’ at the hospital moved closer to reality on Monday (Sept. 23) with the donation of a television and other electronic equipment from three corporate sponsors.  Patron of the hospital Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen and the Hon. Marigold […]

ECJ Chairman Resigns

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has been notified of the resignation from Dr. Herbert Thompson from the Office of Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).  The resignation, which has been accepted, takes immediate effect. Dr. Thompson informed the Governor-General that the controversy which surrounded his receipt of the People’s […]

Governor-General Swears in Judges

Five judges who have been appointed to serve in new capacities in Jamaica’s  judicial system were today sworn in to by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen in a swearing-in ceremony that took place in the ballroom of King’s House. Sworn in to act as Judge of Appeal for the period of September […]

Sameer Younis Receives Order of Jamaica

With the National Honours and Awards ceremony only a month away, 71 year old businessman Sameer Younis was conferred with the Order of Jamaica by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen during the special investiture ceremony at King’s House on September 6.  A Past President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and the […]

Launch Of Annual Wings Appeal Fundraiser

The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Jamaica 580 Branch chapter launched its annual Wings Appeal fundraiser at a ceremony in the Drawing Room of King’s House on September 5. The launch comes ahead of a planned week of activities by members of RAFA, which will mark the battle of Britain that took place in 1940. […]

Governor-General Receives Order of St. John

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen was this morning invested as a Knight of Grace of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.  At the Investiture Ceremony, which was held in the Ballroom of King’s House, Professor Anthony Mellows, Lord Prior of the Order, bestowed the honour in […]

“It’s never too late” – Golden ager receives GG’s Award

  The adage “it is never too late,” applies perfectly to Mr. William James Benjamin who at age 89, was selected as one of the 2013 recipients of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA) for the county of Cornwall. Mr. Benjamin received his award from Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen at ceremony held at the Glistening Waters […]

Cuban Ambassador Pays Farewell Courtesy Call on Deputy GG

The Hon. Steadman Fuller, Deputy Governor-General and Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Kingston, receives His Excellency Yuri A. Gala Lopez, Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, on a farewell courtesy call on August 20. Custos Fuller said Jamaica was grateful for the level of cooperation between both countries.   Ambassador Lopez demits office after serving as […]

Governor-General Appoints Deputy GG

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has appointed the Hon. Steadman Fuller, Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Kingston to serve as Deputy Governor-General for the period August 15- 28, 2013. The brief swearing-in ceremony for the Deputy Governor-General took place in the Drawing Room at King’s House on August 14.  Governor-General Sir […]

Photo Highlights- Independence Reception at King’s House

August 8, 2013 Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen played host to a number of guests who were invited to a post Independence Reception held at King’s House August 8, 2013. Here are some highlights.                         […]

Lady Allen Invites Children of the Bustamante Hosp. to Tour Hope Zoo

Over twenty patients of the Bustamante Hospital for Children along with their parents/guardians were invited by Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen to tour the newly renovated Hope Zoo in Kingston on August 7. The patients, so me of whom are admitted to the children’s hospital, and others who visit the out-patient clinic of […]

Independence Day Message from The Governor-General

51ST ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE FROM HIS EXCELLENCY THE MOST HONOURABLE SIR PATRICK ALLEN ON, GCMG, CD   GOVERNOR-GENERAL My Fellow Jamaicans, at home and in the Diaspora, We bring the curtains down on our 50th Anniversary celebrations and begin our 51st year at a time when our country is beckoning to us for our […]

I Believe Villages Receive Computers for its WiFi Centres

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has honoured yet another commitment to the three free I Believe Initiative Wifi-Centres, thanks to the Chinese Embassy’s donation of ten Acer computers to the values-based programme.  Ambassador Zheng Qingdian made the presentation during a brief ceremony at King’s House August 2, 2013.  The computers were later handed over to representatives […]

Governor-General Tours Denbigh 2013

Each year, the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in May Pen, provides an opportunity for Jamaicans and overseas visitors to view local produce on display.  Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen headed the list of dignitaries who visited Denbigh on August 5, 2013. Clad in casual […]

Emancipation Day Message From The Governor-General

EMANCIPATION DAY MESSAGE FROM HIS EXCELLENCY THE MOST HONOURABLE SIR PATRICK ALLEN, ON, GCMG, CD AUGUST 1, 2013 My fellow Jamaicans, I greet you warmly as we unite in celebrating that momentous first of August in 1838 when “Full Freedom” finally ended the oppressive slave regime in Jamaica and elsewhere in the British Empire. Amidst […]

‘Palav’ Goes To King’s House

Great ambiance, vibrant hosts, one vision and a ‘long bench’ were enough to set the tone for the first ever live outside broadcast transmitted from the Office of the Governor-General at King’s House on Sunday, July 28. Radio Jamaica’s afternoon programme ‘Palav’, hosted by Mr. Gerry McDaniel, invaded the grounds of King’s House to celebrate […]

Governor-General Awards Unsung Heroes

Five Jamaicans from the county of Middlesex were the recipients of The Governor-General’s Achievement Awards at a presentation ceremony held on July 25, 2013 at the Golf View Hotel in Manchester: Mr. Clifford Freemantle of St Ann, Mr. Adrian Isaac Genus of St. Catherine, Mrs. Lorine Mae Metcalf-Cousins of Clarendon, Mrs. Winnifred Gopaulsingh-Mair of St. […]

Governor-General Congratulates Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen joins the people of Jamaica in celebrating with Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of the birth of their son. The Governor-General, in his letter to the new parents expressed joy in learning of the the newest addition to the royal […]

IBI Animation Training Goes to Cornwall

Next week the Governor-General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI) will embark on the final leg of animation training for youth at the county level in Jamaica.  The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), at the University of the West Indies Mona, Western Jamaica Campus (UWI-WJC), will host the IBI’s County of Cornwall workshop from July […]

EJC Youth Ambassadors Call on the GG

NAJ/LASCO Nurse of the Year Contestants Call on the GG

Young Broadcasters Pay Courtesy Call on the GG

July 5, 2013/King’s House–  The junior broadcasters from the RJR radio programme “PickneyPalav” and Kidz Hub Media Network, who paid a Courtesy Call on Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen yesterday (July 4), made quite an impression.  The children, accompanied by Mr. Gerry McDaniel, host of Radio […]

Lose the ‘Anything Goes’ Mentality!

Over 130 graduates of the Melrose Infant, Primary and Junior High School were encouraged by Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen, to relinquish the ‘anything goes’ mentality and instead adopt new values that will aid their transition to the next phase of their lives. Lady Allen, who was guest speaker at the school’s graduation […]

TPDCo Delivers on Protocol Training

Social & Professional Etiquette, the standardized universal code of ethics that governs protocol as well as social and professional behaviour, has long served to minimize instances of “international embarrassment” for countries across the world. Twenty-one civil servants from various government organizations were given an opportunity to learn as well as hone certain skills in a […]

Political Ombudsman Resigns

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2013 Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair has tendered his resignation effective June 30.  In a letter to Governor General Sir Patrick Allen Bishop Blair stated that recent developments in his Ministry will no longer afford him the quality time required to function in the Office.  He was first […]

Three Awarded With GG Award of Excellence

June 19, 2013-St James/Three members of the Jamaican Diaspora were presented with the Governor-General’s Jamaican Diaspora Award of Excellence at the fifth staging of the Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Montego Bay Conference Centre. The three recipients, Mr. Howard Francis (UK), Mr. Dudley Morgan (Canada) and Mr. Vin Martin (US) were awarded for having […]

Governor-General Visits St. Mary

Residents in the parish of St. Mary were treated to a special visit from Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen on the occasion of the Governor-General’s Annual Parish Tour on Tuesday May 27, 2013. The Governor-General’s first stop at the Iona High school in Port Maria had […]

From Self-Employment to Entrepreneurship

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL HIS EXCELLENCY THE MOST HONOURABLE SIR PATRICK ALLEN ON, GCMG, CD TO THE 6TH ANNUAL JBDC SMALL BUSINESS EXPOSITION AND CONFERENCE   ON MAY 21, 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, Last year, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation collaborated with the “I Believe” Initiative as we convened three Youth Conferences at County level […]

GG Launches Summer of Service Competition

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen on Wednesday (May 15) launched a Summer of Service (SOS) competition under the umbrella of his ‘I Believe’ Initiative (IBI) with the aim of increasing the spirit of volunteerism in youth, while offering them an opportunity to pursue their academic goals.  The competition which will run […]

GG in London For JNBS Anniversary Celebration

NEWS RELEASE May 15, 2013 Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen leaves the island this afternoon, Wednesday May 15 for London, England where he is scheduled to participate in activities hosted by the Jamaica National Building Society to mark the 25th Anniversary of the JNBS Representative Office in the United Kingdom.  Her […]

GG Commends Spring Village on ‘I Believe’ Medical Centre

The “I Believe‟ Initiative, a programme of Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has made good on a promise to assist the Spring Village Development Foundation with the construction of the “I Believe” Medical Centre. In April 2012 Sir Patrick visited the community and saw first-hand the work of the Foundation which was established […]

“Set Your Goals High” GG Tells Wards at Juvenile Correctional Centre

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2013 Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is encouraging wards at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre to make good use of the training and mentorship programmes to which they are being exposed. As he spoke with wards who participate in the Rotary Club of Kingston’s Back2Life Mentorship Programme, Sir […]

Governor-General’s Tribute to the Memory of Dr. the Hon. Olive Lewin OJ

Conveyed In Letter To Major (ret’d) Johanna Lewin   The passing of your beloved mother, Dr. the Hon. Olive Lewin, came as a great shock to Lady Allen and me. Although we were aware of her illness, we were not mentally or emotionally prepared for her passing. No one in Jamaica was, since to all […]

Miss Jamaica Global Contestants call on Lady Allen

“Push each other up! The support you lend to your fellow contestants and the people around you will be integral to making you a wholesome person.”  This was the charge given by Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen to the 2013 contestants in the Miss Jamaica Global International Pageant. Fourteen (14) contestants of the […]

Governor-General Hosts Luncheon in Honour of Prince

More than a year after hosting a member of the royal family, Jamaica received yet another royal visitor. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent is in Jamaica as the special guest of the National Road Safety Council for the period April 15-19 2013. Shortly after his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport, HRH […]

Songs of Redemption

Their Excellencies the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen were invited to a private screening of the hard-hitting documentary ‘Songs of Redemption’, hosted by the Delegation of European Union Members in Jamaica. The documentary features several inmates at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility, who are participating in the EU-funded […]

Tribute in Memory of Hon. Maurice Facey, 0J by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, ON, GCMG, CD

Words are inadequate to express the admiration and respect which I have long held for the Hon. Maurice Facey, whose passing I now grieve. Lady Allen joins me in expressing our heartfelt condolences to his widow, Mrs. Valerie Facey and their children, Stephen and Laura on their bereavement. They have lost a husband and father […]

Ian Boyne Launches “Profile of Excellence”

Having belted 1,300 interviews on his long-standing television programme “Profile”, renowned journalist Ian Boyne is now sharing “Profile of Excellence: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement from 25 Years of Interviewing Remarkable People” his book, co-authored by Glenford Smith. The book was officially launched at King’s House on Thursday April 10, 2013. A large number of high […]

The Fight Against Endometriosis

  “Endometriosis” is not a word we encounter on a daily basis.  However, despite limited knowledge about the condition, it is a gynecological illness which affects women worldwide.  One Jamaican woman, Mrs. Shauna Fuller Clarke, is lobbying to reduce, if not totally eliminate, ignorance of this illness through the “Shauna Fuller Clarke’s B.A.S.E.” Foundation. The […]

Leave a Legacy for our Youngsters!

The jam-packed Jamaica College auditorium, which was the venue for Sunday, March 17 “I Believe I Can Fly” motivational seminar in Kingston, was a testimony that Jamaicans are embracing self-belief as one of the key components for achieving success. The hundreds of persons in attendance heard from renowned motivational coach Alvin Day who, in partnership […]

Custos McKitty Committed to Developing St Mary

Charismatic, influential, dedicated and an exemplary leader were some of the words used to describe Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Mary, the Hon. Jeffrey McKitty, whose installation ceremony took place yesterday (February 28, 2013).

Governor-General Swears in Contractor General

Newly appointed Contractor General Mr. Dirk Harrison, was today sworn-in in a ceremony presided over by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica at King’s House (Feb. 25, 2013).

Governor-General commends Baptists at 163rd Assembly

Hundreds of people from across Jamaica gathered at the Jamaica Baptist Union’s 163rd General Assembly, held under the theme “Being God’s People in God’s World – Living in Peace” at the National Arena on February 24, 2013. Governor-General of Jamaica, His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, in giving his remarks at the gathering, […]

Custos Walters to Act as Deputy Governor-General

Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St Ann, the Honourable Radcliffe Walters was sworn-in to serve as Deputy Governor-General in a brief ceremony presided over by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen on February 12, 2013 at King’s House. The appointment takes effect on Sunday February 17, 2013 and ends on February 18, […]

Dirk Harrison Appointed Contractor General

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Mr. Dirk Harrison as Contractor General, to be effective March 1, 2013.  Mr. Harrison currently serves as Deputy Director of Public Prosecution and will fill the vacancy created when the tenure of former Contractor General, Mr. Greg Christie ended on December 1, 2012. Under […]

Young ‘Optimists’ Pay Courtesy Call on Lady Allen

Children can be so unpredictable, especially when they get the rare opportunity to interact with the wife of the Governor-General of Jamaica.  Her Excellency the Most Honourable Lady Allen graciously entertained the innocent and sometimes humorous questions asked by members of the Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) Club of Kingston.   The twenty-five young ‘optimists’ paid […]

A New Day In Ja

Jamaican-born motivational speaker and Author, Alvin Day, will present his life-changing principles to some three thousand Jamaicans from the County of Cornwall on Thursday, January 24. Under the theme: “I Believe I Can Fly: A New Day in JA” the Conference will be held at the West Jamaica Conference Centre of the Seventh-day Adventist Church […]

Let Love Stem the Wave of Negativism and Transform Jamaica

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica, has indicated his belief that the harbouring of negative energy is slowly becoming a deterrent in Jamaica’s transformation.  The Governor-General was speaking at the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Pegasus Hotel on January 17, 2013.  For the past thirty-three years this national event […]

Hear the leos roar!

President of the Leo Club of Kingston, Mr. Allan Carter, paid a Courtesy Call on His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen on Thursday January 17, 2012.  This was in recognition of the Club’s 29th anniversary. The young Leo, who expressed his gratitude for being afforded the opportunity to meet with the Governor-General, shared […]

G-G Swears in New Custos of St Mary

The parish of St Mary now has a new Custos, following the swearing-in of Mr. Jeffrey McKitty, in a ceremony presided over by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House on January 14. The Governor-General, in giving his remarks, highlighted Mr. McKitty’s commitment  and dedication to serving Jamaica and, in particular, […]

Governor-General Presides Over Swearing-in Ceremony

Two judges who were appointed to serve as Puisne Judge and Master-in-Chambers in Jamaica’s Supreme Court, were officially sworn into office at a ceremony presided over by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General of Jamaica, at King’s house this morning. Having taken the Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath at today’s […]

Bringing Christmas Cheer!

Their Excellencies The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and The Most Honourable Lady Allen have continued their annual tradition of hospital visits for the year 2012. This began on December 3 when The Governor-General visited the Bustamante Hospital for Children.  Other institutions to be visited are: the Kingston Public Hospital, the Savanna-la-mar Hospital and the […]

Craig Beresford to Act as Contractor General

Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has appointed Mr. Craig Beresford to act as Contractor General with effect from December 1, 2012 until further notice.  Mr. Beresford is the Senior Director of Operations in the Office of the Contractor General.  He replaces Mr. Greg Christie who demits office today, November 30. The […]

Computer Science Student is 2013 Rhodes Scholar

Twenty-two year old University of the West Indies (UWI) student, Vincent Taylor, is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Rhodes scholarship award. The Munroe College alumnus, who is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Computer Science at UWI, was chosen from a field of 11 outstanding candidates, comprising six females and five males. Governor-General […]

Outstanding Jamaicans Honoured at GGAA Pinning Ceremony

Thirty-four Jamaicans, many of whom began from humble beginnings, and have worked tirelessly in the interest of their communities and the lives of others, were  recognised  at the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards (GGAA) pinning ceremony, held  at King’s House, on  November 13. Fourteen persons, aged 35 and older, received Achievement Awards, while the others received Youth […]

Support for ‘I Believe’ Initiative

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the ‘I Believe’ Youth Initiative, now in its second year, has received positive comments from participants, and  tremendous support from resource persons. “One of the welcome results is the decision of several of the presenters and facilitators to become ‘I Believe’ Ambassadors. This means that […]

Church Urged to Help Prepare Youth for Leadership

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is imploring church leaders to take a key role in grooming the country’s young people to take up the mantle of leadership. “I want to challenge you, church…leaders to seriously engage in mentoring our young people. All of us must ‘seize the day’ and become involved […]

G-G Ends Jamaica 50 Tour in Kingston

The students and staff of Windward Road Primary and Junior High School in East Kingston gave a warm welcome to Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, when the Head of State paid a special visit to the institution on October 30. The school was the Governor General’s first stop in a […]

Celebrating What’s Good about Kingston

Governor-General the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen ended his Jamaica 50 Parish Tours with a visit to the parish of Kingston on October 30, marking the celebration by the City of its 140th anniversary as the Capital of Jamaica. His first stop was the Windward Road Primary and Junior High School where he was warmly […]

JPs must be Agents of Peace – GG

Justices of the Peace (JPs) should see themselves as more than authenticators of documents, but as agents of peace, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has said. “Being a JP is more than the authentication of documents and ceremonial activities…being a JP cannot be coveted as a mere status symbol,” he said, […]

157 Persons Conferred with Honours and Awards

A total of 157 Jamaicans were recognised for outstanding contributions to nation building through service in various fields, at the 2012 National Honours and Awards ceremony, on National Heroes Day, Monday, October 15, on the lawns of King’s House, in Kingston. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the function, […]

“I BELIEVE” Youth Consultative Conferences kick off in St. Thomas

The second staging of the Governor General’s annual series of I Believe Youth Consultative Conferences will be held this month with an emphasis on youth entrepreneurship.  The first of three conferences took place on October 11 at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Resorts in Morant Bay, for the county of Surrey. On October 18, youth delegates […]

G-G Calls for United Front to Defeat Negativity

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called for a united front, to defeat the negativity which is affecting the lives of many Jamaicans. “At a time when so much seems to be going wrong, all of us who want the best for Jamaica, must come together to defeat the evils which […]

National Honors and Awards – The Pride of a Nation

On National Heroes Day, Monday, October 15, some 157 Jamaicans will be presented with national honors and awards, for outstanding contribution to the country’s development through their service in various fields. The annual ceremony, held on the lawns of King’s House, takes on even greater significance this year, as it is being held at a […]

Four Judges Sworn Into Supreme Court

Four judges, who have been appointed to serve in the Supreme Court, were sworn into office on September 13, at a ceremony held at King’s House. They are: David George Batts, who will serve as Puisne Judge; Sharon Ayton George, Master-in-Chambers; while Sonia Bertram Linton and Vivene Juliet Harris have been appointed to Act as […]

G-G Launches RAFA Wings Appeal

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, launched the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Jamaica Wings Appeal 2012 Wednesday (Sept. 5), during a ceremony at King’s House. The Wings Appeal raises money to support former service personnel and their families. Sir Patrick urged Jamaicans to support the various fundraising activities in support of […]

15 Residents of Cornwall Receive GG Achievements Awards

Fifteen residents of the County of Cornwall were on August 30 presented with the Governor-General’s Achievement Awards, for contribution to their communities and the wider society. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, made the presentations at a ceremony held at the Tryall Club in Hanover. The awardees – three each from the […]

Custos Azan Deputizing for Governor General

The Custos of St. Catherine, Rev. the Honourable Sophia Azan, JP, was sworn-in to deputize as Governor General from July 6 to July 15, 2012. The brief swearing in ceremony took place on Friday July 6 at King’s House and was attended by the Hon. Robert Pickersgill, representing the Most Honourable Prime Minister, members of […]

Jamaican Proud to be First Queen’s Scout

(JIS) – When Byron Burton joined the Scout Association as a Cub Scout some 70 years ago, he could never have dreamed that the decision would put him on track to receive a rare and special honour. In 1951, at the age of 17, and having gone through all other levels in the scouting hierarchy, […]

GG Lauds Cooperative Movement

(JIS) – Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has expressed support for the Cooperative movement in the Caribbean and Jamaica, stating that against the background of economic instability worldwide, the movement could contribute to economic growth. He says that it would be difficult to fully quantify the impact that the Cooperative movement […]

G-G Calls for Coalitions to Protect the Children

(JIS) – Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says individuals and organisations must build coalitions, as they strive to protect children from abuse. Addressing a 50th anniversary commemorative luncheon with civic and business leaders, at Laughing Waters, St. Ann, on June 21, he pointed out that during the celebration of Child Month, […]

Western Jamaica Celebrates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Many persons from communities in  Western Jamaica turned out at the Diamond Jubilee celebration for The Queen, held on June 4, at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, in Sam Sharpe Square, St. James. There were tributes in popular and gospel songs, with the Custos of  St. James, Hon. Ewen  Corrodus,  describing the  occasion as fitting […]

Never give up on Jamaica GG tells Jamaicans in the UK

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is urging Jamaicans in the United Kingdom (UK) to remain committed despite the challenges which the country faces. “I will never give up on Jamaica, no matter the challenges and problems; no matter the obstacles we face, no matter how threatening the storm clouds appear. We will not roll over and […]

Governor General off to London for Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen and the Most Honourable Lady Allen will leave the island on Thursday May 31, to participate in Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in London for Her Majesty The Queen, on behalf of Jamaica. Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne on February 6, 1952 upon the death of her father, King […]

Beacon Lighting Ceremonies to Mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Four beacons will be lit at central points across the island on Monday (June 4), in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. The locations are St. William Grant Park in Kingston; Montego Bay Civic Centre, St. James; Seville Heritage Park, St. Ann; and at the Port Antonio town centre in […]

Commit to Ridding Schools of Violence – GG

Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called for commitment from all stakeholders within the education system to rid schools of violence. “Each school must be a violence-free zone. We should not have violence in our schools, everyone must passionately commit to this effort. Parents, students, teachers, school boards, security forces, […]

GG calls on church to conduct a ministry of healing in wake of rampant child abuse

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is calling on the Church to conduct a Ministry of healing for persons and especially children with physical wounds and emotional scars inflicted by egregious acts of violence and abuse committed against them.  He said far too many children have been marred, brutalized and scarred, that it is only through the […]

G-G Stops in Westmoreland on Parish Tours

Their Excellencies, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, continued their islandwide tour on Wednesday (May 16), with a visit to the parish of Westmoreland. The tour, which was led by Custos Owen Sinclair, started in Petersfield in the central section of the parish, where the Governor-General was given insight into the […]

G-G Calls for Renewed Effort at Mentoring the Young

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called for  a renewed effort at mentoring the young of the society, noting that families should adopt this principle in a meaningful and positive way. He argued that mentoring is a natural way for all animals, and as such, humans should not allow themselves to […]

Protect our children and strengthen the next generation – GG tells Manchester residents

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says that if Jamaica does nothing else in the fiftieth years of independence, the country should resolve to protect its children and in the process strengthen the next generation.  Sir Patrick Allen made the comment while addressing students and teachers at El Instituto de Mandevilla, in Manchester.  He and Her Excellency […]

Parliamentarians urged to Show Respect for Democratic Process

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most. Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on May 14 implored parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth, to show respect for the views of others during House sittings, as a demonstration of their commitment to the process of democracy. “I suggest that as parliamentarians, you view this matter of civility and respectful discourse in […]

Jamaica Energy Partners keen on Community Development

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has said that it was important for companies to invest in their communities as this was critical to nation-building. The Governor-General made this observation during his recent visit to the Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) Doctor Bird Power Station, in Old Harbour, St Catherine. Sir Patrick was on his Jamaica 50 Island […]

Spring Village a model for community development

Copping the Michael Manley Award for Community Self-Reliance in 2011, and the Digicel/SDC Best Community Youth Programme Award at the parish and national levels in 2010, Spring Village in St Catherine has emerged as a model community, and has earned high praise from Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen.   Spring Village is a community-based umbrella organization […]

Time to plan with prudence for the next fifty years – GG

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen says that as Jamaica celebrates fifty years of independence it is time to reflect on the achievements of the past and plan with prudence for the next fifty years. The Governor-General was speaking on Thursday (Apr. 25) at McGrath High School in St. Catherine while on the second leg of his […]

Governor-General to tour St. Catherine on April 25

His Excellency the Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen are to resume their island wide parish tours on Wednesday April 25. They are scheduled to visit the Bramwell Park and Sports Complex in Ewarton, McGrath High School, Jamaica Energy Partners and the Spring Village Community Centre in the parish of St. Catherine. The purpose […]

Governor-General resumes parish tours

His Excellency The Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen on Thursday March 22, resumed their parish tours by visiting the parish of St. James where they interacted with students and teachers at the Spot Valley High School, facilitators and clients at the Flankers Peace and Justice Centre and vendors of the Success Craft market.  […]

Respect the Legacy of the Forefathers – GG