The royal family announced in an Instagram post yesterday that Dame Marguerite Pindling is relinquishing her appointment as governor general of The Bahamas.
According to the post, Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with Dame Marguerite at Buckingham Palace.
Dame Marguerite, widow of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, has served as governor general since July 2014.
In what he later described as “an unintended breach of protocol”, veteran politician C.A. Smith last week announced to that he will be sworn in as the country’s next governor general before the end of this month.
Addressing the small group, Smith advised those gathered about his recent resignation as ambassador to Panama and five other countries. A video of the farewell speech made rounds on social media.
Smith later apologized to Dame Marguerite and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for “any embarrassment” suffered as a result of the premature announcement.
“At a farewell luncheon with the foreign affairs staff in Freeport on Friday last, in strictest confidence, I shared with them my plans for the future and told them that I was being appointed to the Office of Governor General,” he said in a statement.
“I wish to assure the Bahamian people that this was a private discussion that was never intended to be made public.
“I extend sincerest apologies to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and to the Most Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and the government for any embarrassment or inconvenience resulting from this unintended breach of protocol.”