Governor of Hong Kong

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Governor of Hong Kong
Flag of the Governor of Hong Kong (1959–1997).svg
Standard of the Governor, 1959–1997
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Chris Patten, the last Governor of Hong Kong
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceGovernment House
AppointerMonarch of the United Kingdom
Formation26 June 1843
First holderSir Henry Pottinger
Final holderChris Patten
Abolished30 June 1997
DeputyLieutenant Governor
Colonial Secretary
Chief Secretary
SalaryHK$3,036,000 per annum (1997)
Governor of Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese香港總督
Simplified Chinese香港总督
Cantonese YaleHēunggóng Júngdūk
Abbreviation
Chinese港督
Cantonese YaleGóngdūk

The Governor of Hong Kong was the representative in Hong Kong of the British Crown from 1843 to 1997. In this office, the governor was president of the Executive Council and Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces Overseas Hong Kong.

The governor's roles were seen in the Hong Kong Letters Patent and Royal Instructions. After the end of British rule and the transfer of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China in 1997 the office was abolished and replaced with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

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