As a constitutional monarchy, the governor-general of Barbados is the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is recognised as the head of state. The Governor-General of Barbados, who is appointed by Her Majesty, must act in accordance with the advice of the cabinet or a minister acting under the general authority of the cabinet. Following appointment, the governor is traditionally knighted with the title ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’ as appropriate. In terms of executive powers, the Privy Council makes recommendations to the governor-general when fulfilling the Royal Prerogative of Mercy (i.e. the granting of pardons to convicted criminals), as well as when disciplinary powers over members of the public and police services need to be exercised.

Governor-General organisations in Barbados
Governor General's Office