Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis

The Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis is the representative of the monarch of Saint Kitts and Nevis, currently Queen Elizabeth II.

Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis
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Sir Tapley Seaton

since 20 May 2015
Acting: 20 May 2015 – 2 September 2015
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceGovernment House, Basseterre[1]
AppointerMonarch of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation19 September 1983
First holderSir Clement Arrindell
Salary51,000 USD annually[2]

The appointed governor-general, currently Sir Tapley Seaton, lives in Government House.


Name From To Term length Note(s)
Sir Clement Arrindell, GCMG, GCVO, QC
19 September 1983 31 December 1995 12 years, 103 days Last Governor of St Kitts and Nevis became Governor General upon St Kitts' Independence in the presence of Princess Margaret. Forced to withdraw in 1995 by the administration of Denzil Douglas.
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, GCMG, OBE
1 January 1996 1 January 2013 17 years, 0 days The longest-serving governor-general to date.
Sir Edmund Lawrence, GCMG, OBE
(born 1932)
2 January 2013 19 May 2015 2 years, 137 days Forced to withdraw by the administration of Timothy Harris.
Sir Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP
(born 1950)
20 May 2015 Incumbent 6 years, 26 days Appointed as Acting Governor-General after the withdrawal of Lawrence's appointment; acting until 2 September 2015.


  2. Ministry of Finance of St Kitts And Nevis. "St. Christopher And Nevis - Estimates for the Year 2017 Volume I Ministry Expenditure Plans" (PDF).