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Frequently Asked Questions

1. If I meet the Lieutenant-Governor, what do I call her?

When speaking to the Lieutenant-Governor, you address her as “Your Honour”. When speaking about the Lieutenant-Governor, you refer to her as “Her Honour”. The spouse of the Lieutenant-Governor, Mr. Vienneau is referred to as “His Honour”.

2. Do people stand when the Lieutenant-Governor enters a room?

It is customary to rise from your seat when the Lieutenant-Governor enters a room.

3. Is music played when the Lieutenant-Governor enters a room?

Depending on the type of event, it is traditional to play the Vice Regal Salute once the Lieutenant-Governor has entered the room. The Vice Regal Salute consists of the first six bars of “God Save the Queen” followed immediately by the first four and last four bars of “O Canada”.

4. What is the Lieutenant-Governor’s role?

The position of Lieutenant-Governor was established in the British North America Act, 1867. The primary role of Lieutenant-Governor is to represent Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. The Lieutenant-Governor takes precedence over all others in the Province except the Sovereign, or the Governor General when acting on behalf of the Sovereign. The Lieutenant-Governor serves three primary functions:

1. Legislative: - Each bill passed by the Legislative Assembly must receive Royal Assent, and is therefore signed by the Lieutenant-Governor. Her Honour also opens and closes each session of the Legislature.

2. Ceremonial - The Lieutenant-Governor also presents numerous awards and prizes

3. Social - Her Honour also serves as Honorary Patron, Honorary President or Honorary Member with over 100 charitable and community organizations

5. Can I have a picture taken with the Lieutenant-Governor?

The Lieutenant-Governor enjoys having photos taken with the public. Protocol suggests that one should approach Her Honour’s Aide-de-Camp to request a photo. Inside Government House photographs are permitted during guided tours and at public receptions.

Many people take advantage of the beautiful public grounds of Government House as the background of their wedding photos. If this is your wish please contact the office for more information – (506) 453-2505 or at ltgov@gnb.ca.

6. Are there tours of the Lieutenant-Governor’s Official residence in Fredericton , Government House?

As a National and Provincial Historic Site, Government House is host to more than 400 official events each year. The building is also available for free, bilingual, guided tours – 7-days a week from June 1 until Labour Day, and weekdays from early September to the end of May. Tours are available from 10am until 4pm . For more information, please call (506) 453-2505.

7. How do I contact the Lieutenant-Governor?

You can contact the Lieutenant Governor through her office in Fredericton .

Phone: (506) 453-2505
Fax: (506) 444-5280
E-mail: ltgov@gnb.ca
Or by regular mail (see below)

8. How do I address a letter to the Lieutenant-Governor?

Any correspondence to the Lieutenant-Governor should be addressed as follows:

The Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau
Lieutenant Governor
Province of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton , NB E3B 5H1

The correct salutation for any letter or invitation is: “Your Honour,”.


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