Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE, DL

Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE, DL was appointed Governor of Gibraltar in June 2020.

Governor of Gibraltar

The Governor of Gibraltar is the representative of the British monarch in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. The governor is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the British Government. The role of the governor is to act as the de facto head of state. The Governor is the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in a British Overseas Territory.

The Governor acts as the de facto head of state and is usually responsible for appointing the head of government, and senior political positions in the territory. The Governor is also responsible for liaising with the UK Government, and carrying out any ceremonial duties.

The Office of the Governor also supports dialogue between Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and Her Majesty’s Government in the UK on a range of issues, to further develop the modern partnership between Britain and Gibraltar.

Our services

Our mission is to support the Governor and Commander-in-Chief in carrying out his constitutional role and duties as Her Majesty’s Representative in Gibraltar.

Find out more on our Gibraltar and the UK news page

The Governor has special responsibilities for the conduct in Gibraltar of:

  • external affairs
  • defence
  • internal security
  • certain functions in relation to public offices


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