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Guernsey welcomes new Lieutenant-Governor

Guernsey welcomes new Lieutenant-Governor

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Guernsey welcomes new Lieutenant-Governor

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Lieutenant-General Richard Cripwell CR, CBE was welcomed to the Bailiwick yesterday to be sworn in as the 126th Lieutenant-Governor.

A public ceremony was held to install Lt.-Gen Cripwell as the personal representative of the Sovereign in the Bailiwick. Various other events were held throughout the day to mark the occasion.

Lt.-Gen Cripwell was sworn in during a special sitting of the Royal Court held in St. James. 

Prior to his installation, a parade marched down to St. James from Government House in Queen's Road. It was led by the Band and Bugles of the Rifles and included Union and Guernsey flags carried by Lt.-Governor Cadets, Lt.-Governor Cripwell, Parade Commander Lieutenant Commander Tim Slann RNR, the Jersey Field Squadron Royal Engineers, Guernsey Standards and Guernsey Veterans.


Pictured: Lt.-Governor Cripwell was joined by the Bailiff, Richard McMahon, and servicemen during a wreath laying ceremony.

During the parade, a Boeing P8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft performed a flypast to represent the inclusion of the Royal Air Force in the day's events.

After the flypast and installation, the Band of Rifles performed at the St. Peter Port war memorial and the new Lt.-Governor laid a wreath at the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry memorial in the St. Paul's sunken garden.

A 15-gun salute was fired from Castle Cornet at 11:25.


Pictured: Lt.-Governor Cripwell was sworn in at a sitting of the Royal Court. 

Who is Lieutenant-Governor Richard Cripwell?

Guernsey’s new Lieutenant-Governor was born in Northern Ireland and was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in August 1982.

He has served with the Royal Engineers in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans. 

After being promoted to Major General, he served as the British Defense Attaché in Washington and Head of the British Defence Staff in the United States.

He is married with two children. You can read more about Lt.-Governor Cripwell’s career HERE.


Pictured: Lt.-Governor Cripwell will hold the post in Guernsey for five years.

"It has been a wonderful day," said Lt.-Governor Cripwell.

"Having done a few parades, I think the team here have done a wonderful, wonderful job.

"Not just putting on a tremendous show, but putting on something that properly respects the traditions of the appointment."


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