The Head of State in Queen Elizabeth II’s absence is the governor-general, who is a native citizen of Antigua and Barbuda and represents her office. The governor-general is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the prime minister and is her official representative. The office of the governor-general is a symbolic one, though they do have powers of enacting a public emergency, as and when it becomes necessary. The governor-general acts on the advice of the cabinet and the prime minister and is kept informed of all government business. Governor-generals appoint 17 members of the Upper Senate of Antigua and Barbuda. Their residence and office known as ‘The Parsonage’, is located in St. John’s, Antigua.

Governor-General organisations in Antigua and Barbuda
Office of the Governor-General