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Dear Land of Guyana, of Rivers and Plains
|-||1966–1969||David Rose (Guyanese politician)|
|Historical era||Cold War|
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|History of Guyana|
The Commonwealth realm of Guyana, officially known simply as "Guyana", was a predecessor to the modern-day Guyana and an independent state that existed between 26 May 1966 and 23 February 1970. It was the last constitutional monarchy in South America.
When British rule ended in 1966, Guyana was given independence as a commonwealth realm, in which the state existed until the promulgation of the 1970 constitution. The Republic of Guyana came into existence on 23 February 1970. During the commonwealth realm phase, the British monarch remained head of state of Guyana, and was represented in Guyana by a governor-general. The following governors-generals held office in Guyana during the dominion period:
- Sir Richard Luyt (26 May 1966 – 16 December 1966)
- Sir David Rose (16 December 1966 – 10 November 1969)
- Sir Edward Luckhoo (10 November 1969 – 1 July 1970)
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.
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