Guyana (1966–1970)

Motto: "One people, one nation, one destiny"
Capital Georgetown
Government Constitutional monarchy
Elizabeth II
Richard Luyt
David Rose
Edward Luckhoo
Prime Minister  
Forbes Burnham
Historical era Cold War
26 May 1966
23 February 1970
Currency Guyanese dollar
ISO 3166 code GY
Preceded by
Succeeded by
British Guiana

Guyana was a predecessor to the modern-day Republic of Guyana and an independent state that existed between 1966 and 1970.

British rule ended on 26 May 1966, when Guyana was given independence from the United Kingdom by the Guyana Independence Act 1966,[1] which transformed British Guiana into an independent Commonwealth realm or dominion, a sovereign constitutional monarchy with Elizabeth II, as Queen of Guyana. The monarch's constitutional roles were mostly delegated to the Governor-General of Guyana. The following governors-general held office:

  1. Sir Richard Luyt (26 May 1966 – 16 December 1966)
  2. Sir David Rose (16 December 1966 – 10 November 1969)
  3. Sir Edward Luckhoo (10 November 1969 – 1 July 1970)

Elizabeth II did not reside in or visit Guyana during the time she was Queen of Guyana.

The Republic of Guyana came into existence on 23 February 1970,[2][3] when Guyana became a republic within the Commonwealth.

Forbes Burnham held office as prime minister (and head of government) of Guyana during this period. Following the abolition of the monarchy, former Governor-General Sir Edward Luckhoo provisionally became the first President of Guyana.


  1. "Guyana Independence Act 1966". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  2. "Guyana Republic Act 1970". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. "Guyana Republic Bill". Retrieved 26 May 2013.
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