The Duties of Jeanne Sauve: First Female Governor General of Canada

Previously published in Examiner

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The duties of a governor general is to represent the ruling British Monarch in Canada. The governor general carries out administrative duties and also celebratory or festive activities. We will now look at the three female governor generals of Canada, two of which were from Montreal.

Governor generalship of Jeanne Sauve

Jeanne Sauve’s Various Functions as Governor General of Canada

As Governor General, Jeanne Sauve was left out of the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1984, but was present to greet the Royal family when they visited. She met with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; the Queen Mother, Prince Andrew and his wife Sarah Princess of York, and Prince Edward Earl of Wessex., the third son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.

Heraldic Arms

On June 4, 1988, Prince Edward visited Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, to present Jeanne Sauve with the Royal Patents letter ,which give her the authority to grant and preside over the issuing of the heraldic arms in Canada. Jeanne Sauve was the first head of the Canadian Heraldic Authority, the body that creates the coat of arms, badges, and other ceremonial designations for Canada.

Greeting Foreign dignitaries

As Governor General of Canada, Jeanne Sauve also greeted foreign dignitaries. She welcomed King King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden, King Hussain of Jordan, Secretary-General of the United Nations Javier Pérez de Cuéllar , Romanian president Nicolae CeauÅŸescu, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Chinese president Li Xiannian, Pope John Paul II, French president François Mitterrand, and Mother Teresa. Jeanne Sauve finally got her chance to greet President Ronald Reagan on home territory.

In turn, Jeanne Sauve also traveled to Uruguay. Brazil, China, France, Thailand, The Peoples Republic of China, Italy, and The Vatican in her capacity as the Queen’s representative for Canada.


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