THE NEW Governor of Gibraltar, Lt General Edward Davis, was formally sworn in on Tuesday January 19 following his arrival with his wife on the navy vessel RFA Mounts Bay.
Having been met at the dockside by the Acting Governor Alison Macmillan and the Chief Minister, he was escorted to the centre of the town where he inspected a guard of honour consisting of officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police, Scouts and Guides and members of St John Ambulance before being taken into parliament.
He was formally sworn in and the Keys to Gibraltar were surrendered to him by the Acting Governor. In his speech, apart from sending greetings from Her Majesty the Queen, referring obliquely to the early departure of the former governor, he made it clear that he intended to see out his full term which almost coincides with the probable life of the current government.
Mr Picardo in his welcome speech expressed his expectation of a long and enjoyable relationship especially as the matter of a review of the constitution would take place during his term.
After the ceremony was completed, Governor Davis inspected a Royal Gibraltar Regiment guard of honour of which he is now Commander in Chief and walked to his official residence at the Convent, stopping to talk to local bystanders.