The Queen's role

Her Majesty is The Queen of Jamaica and, as such, continues to play an important ceremonial and symbolic role in Jamaican life. Jamaica is a constitutional monarchy with The Queen as Sovereign. In all of her official duties relating to Jamaica, The Queen speaks and acts as Queen of Jamaica, quite distinct from her role in the UK. 

The Queen is represented on the island by a Governor-General appointed on the advice of the Jamaican Prime Minister. The Governor-General is assisted by a Privy Council, consisting of six members appointed by the Governor-General in consultation with the Prime Minister.

The Governor-General's role is largely ceremonial. As the Queen's representative, the Governor-General gives formal assent to the laws passed in Jamaica by the House of Representatives and the Senate before those laws can take effect. 

He or she also names the date of a general election and appoints ministers. In most cases the Governor-General acts in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister.

The Queen's Royal style and title is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of Jamaica and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth. 

Royal visits

Jamaica has enjoyed numerous Royal visits over the course of her The Queen’s reign, with engagements ranging from formal Government activities, to Prince Harry’s spontaneous race against Usain Bolt as part of his Diamond Jubilee tour.

The Queen's first visit to the island as Monarch was in November 1953, during the first Commonwealth tour of her reign. Her Majesty and The Duke were greeted by thousands of children on their arrival at Sabina Park in Kingston.

In March 1966 The Queen visited Jamaica during her Caribbean tour, with The Duke of Edinburgh returning to open the eighth Commonwealth Games that same year.

The Queen and the Duke visited Jamaica again in April 1975, coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kingston. In February 1983 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh made another visit, during which The Queen opened the Jamaican Parliament in the 21st anniversary year of independence.

The Queen and the Duke visited Jamaica again in April 1975, coinciding with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kingston.  In February 1983 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh made another visit, during which The Queen opened the Jamaican Parliament in the 21st anniversary year of independence. 

In 1994 The Queen visited Jamaica during a tour of the Caribbean which also took in Anguilla, Dominica, Guyana, Belize, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Bermuda.

Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee celebrations of 2002 saw her and The Duke of Edinburgh attend a special session of Parliament at Gordon House, Kingston, as well as touring Montego Bay.

Other members of the Royal Family have also visited Jamaica. The Prince of Wales toured in 2000, The Earl of Wessex in 2003, The Princess Royal in 2005 and 2015, visiting Save the Children Fund projects on the island, and, famously, Prince Harry in 2012 to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Wow! I have totally fallen for Jamaica and its people. My grandmother, The Queen, was so right about you.

Prince Harry

The Queen's Young Leaders

In 2015 60 young people from across the Commonwealth were recognised as exceptional leaders in their community, the first ever to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.  Two of the first group of Queen's Young Leaders were Jamaicans Jerome Cowans and Nicole Nation.

Both Jerome and Nicole travelled to the UK in 2015 for a special programme of events, training and mentoring, culminating in them receiving their Awards from The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Jamaican Tijani Christian was congratulated in the 2016 round of Young Leaders for his community work, including promoting sustainable livelihoods on community farms through the Plant Jamaica initiative.