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Head of State

Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II was Queen of Trinidad and Tobago from 1962 to 1976. She was also the monarch of other sovereign states. The monarch's constitutional roles in Trinidad and Tobago were delegated to a Governor-General who acted on the advice of Trinidadian Ministers. Click the image to learn more...


The Governor-General was the representative of the Monarch in Trinidad and Tobago and exercised most of the powers of the Monarch. The Governor-General was appointed for an indefinite term, serving at the pleasure of the Monarch.  After the passage of the Statute of Westminister in 1931, the Governor-General was appointed solely on the advice of the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago without the involvement of the British Government. 

Sir Solomon Hochoy was the 17th Governor of Trinidad and Tobago and the 1st Governor-General of Trinidad and Tobago.

President of Trinidad and Tobago

Under the 1976 Constitution, the constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The president replaced the Monarch as the ceremonial head of state. The president was elected by Parliament for a five-year term. In the event of a vacancy, the President of the Senate served as Acting President

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