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L.G. General Ridgeway being sworn in
The L.G. General Ridgeway being sworn in

L.G. officially ready for business

Since the new L.G.'s arrival aboard the HMS last week he has been sworn in at the Royal Court and has addressed the States.

It's been over two months since the departure of Sir John Cheshire and Jersey’s new Lieutenant Governor, General Andrew Ridgeway arrived in the island on Thursday 08 June aboard a Royal Navy Fisheries Protection Vessel, the HMS Tyne.

General and Mrs Ridgeway were greeted by local dignitaries including the Bailiff and the Chief Minister.

Gen. Ridgeway arrived on the HMS Tyne
General Ridgeway arrived on HMS Tyne

The couple were also met by a Guard of Honour, comprising of local Navy and Sea Cadets, before heading to Government House, which they will call home for the next five years.

The new Lieutenant Governor General Andrew Ridgeway is fifty-five years old and has had a long and varied military career; including a period as UN Commander in Central Bosnia before becoming Chief of Staff of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps for the entry of NATO forces into Kosovo.

He was sworn into office at the Royal Court on Wednesday 14 June and commenced his official duties the next day when he addressed a specially convened States sitting.

During his address he praised the way the States had changed from the committee system to ministerial government.

And he added it had been used as a model for President Karzai's government in Kabul Afghanistan.

Although Lieutenant General Ridgeway will be able to attend States sittings, he won't address the house again until he leaves in five years time.

You can listen to Lieutenant Governor General Ridgeway's speech in full by clicking on the link below:

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