Order of Precedence


The Order of Precedence, which is set by the Governor General on behalf of the Sovereign, is the hierarchy of national and foreign officials within Antigua and Barbuda.

  • 1.1. The normal order of precedence is provided below:
    • 1.1.1. The Sovereign
    • 1.1.2. Governor General
    • 1.1.3. Prime Minister
    • 1.1.4. Former Governors General (in order of appointment)
    • 1.1.5. Former Prime Ministers (in order of appointment)
    • 1.1.6. Speaker of the Senate
    • 1.1.7. Speaker of the House of Representatives
    • 1.1.8. Representatives of foreign governments:
      • 1.1.8.1. Ambassadors and High Commissioners in order of the presentation of their credentials
      • 1.1.8.2. Ministers Plenipotientiary
      • 1.1.8.3. ChargĂ©s d’affaires
    • 1.1.9. Ministers (in order of appointment)
    • 1.1.10. Leader of the Opposition
    • 1.1.11. Religious representatives (by seniority)
    • 1.1.12. Senators
    • 1.1.13. Members of the House of Representatives
    • 1.1.14. Consuls General and Consuls (in order of appointment)
    • 1.1.15. Military Leaders
      • 1.1.15.1. Chief of the Defence Staff
      • 1.1.15.2. Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda
    • 1.1.16. Recipients of Orders and Decorations
  • 1.2. Wives take the precedence of their husbands.
  • 1.3. Representatives normally take the precedence of the persons they represent if they are at similar levels. For example, a Minister representing the Prime Minister would take the precedence of the latter if acting as his representative.
  • 1.4. At official events, the order of precedence of the official guests and, for instance, the order of speeches are different things
    • 1.4.1. the host will announce the names of the official guests according to the Order of Precedence
    • 1.4.2. Speeches are normally given in reverse order, with the most important guest speaking last, before the ribbon cutting, the unveiling of a plaque, the opening of a building, etc
    • 1.4.3. The sequence of events will normally be set out in the official programme.

For any further information on these protocol guidelines, please contact the Office of the Governor General - 268 462 0002/3/4

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