In a special States sitting convened to mark the departure, General Sir John McColl gave only his second address to
Members, his first having been during his inaugural sitting in 2011.
After his speech was met by rapturous applause and the traditional stamping of feet by politicians, Sir John and Lady McColl were greeted by dozens of well-wishers in the Royal Square. As they met Islanders, Lady McColl was visibly moved and was comforted by her husband as they said their farewells.
During the speech in the Chamber, watched over by a packed public gallery, the former NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe said that being Her Majesty’s representative in Jersey had been ‘the greatest honour of my career’.
‘As we start the next phase of our lives, Gene and I will miss this remarkable community and the Island very much indeed,’ said Sir John.
The Lieutenant-Governor will be succeeded by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton next March.