Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite Pindling, ON, DCMG
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Dame Marguerite Pindling is the Governor-General of the Bahamas since 8 July 2014.
Early life and education
Marguerite Pindling was born to Reuben and Viola McKenzie in the settlement of Long Bay Cays, South Andros, on 26 June 1932; she often describes herself as ‘just a barefoot girl from Andros’.
Moving to Nassau in 1946, she lived with her sister Louise and attended the Western Senior School.
After leaving school, her first job was with noted photographer Stanley Toogood. Later she worked for Colyn Rees and soon met Lynden Pindling, a London-trained lawyer. Following a courtship of a little over a year, they married on 5 May 1956. Shortly after the wedding Lynden Pindling was elected to the House of Assembly and would serve until 1997, when he retired after being elected nine consecutive times. In 1967 he became Premier and later Prime Minister, a post he held until 1992.
Throughout his term in office, Lady Pindling gave her husband her determined, energetic and loyal support. Besides the devotion she showed to Sir Lynden and his political career, she undertook much charitable work, cared for her children and became a Bahamian icon.
In addition to being the high-profile wife of Sir Lynden Pindling for 44 years, Dame Marguerite spent several years as the chair of the fund-raising committee of The Bahamas Red Cross. She has also helped with fund-raising for the Hope Dale School and the Children’s Emergency Hostel.
She has served as deputy to Sir Arthur when he was out of the country.
Dame Marguerite Pindling was sworn in as the tenth Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas during a special ceremony at Government House, Mount Fitzwilliam Tuesday, July 8. She is the ninth Bahamian to hold the office and succeeds Sir Arthur Foulkes, who demitted office the same day.
Honours and awards
She was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, being named a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
In 2018, he was awarded the Order of the Nation (ON).
Dame Margurite is the widow of the country’ first Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling. The Pindlings had four children – Obi, Leslie, Michelle and Monique – and Dame Marguerite is a proud grandmother of six.