The Convening of Parliament was held recently with the island’s Governor delivering the 2021 Throne Speech, which outlines the Bermuda Government’s Legislative Agenda for the year ahead.
The Throne Speech marked the first time in Bermuda history it was read by both a Black and Female Governor, as Governor Rena Lalgie read it for the first time.
Bermuda — a self-governing British Overseas Territory — elects our own leaders, however also has a Governor, who is appointed by the United Kingdom.
In December 2020, Governor Rena Lalgie was officially sworn in, becoming both the first female and the first Black Governor in Bermuda’s history, which stems back over 400 years and encompasses more than 120 Governors.
While Bermuda has had three Black women — Dame Pamela Gordon, Dame Jennifer Smith and Paula Cox — serve as Premier, prior to 2020, the UK-appointed Governors were all white men.