After 13 and a half years in office Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, the 37th Governor of New South Wales was officially farewelled from office by the people of NSW on 1 October.
One of the state’s longest serving Governors took the Vice Regal Salute for the final time and inspected Australia's Federation Guard and Royal Australian Navy Band in front of Government House.
The Governor then commenced an open-top car procession along Macquarie Street to Parliament House, accompanied by NSW Police motorcycle escorts and mounted troops.
The procession culminated with a flypast by three Royal Australian Air Force Hawk 127 Lead-in Fighters and two C-130J Hercules.
Lieutenant Steven Stanke, Music Director and Officer in Charge of the Sydney Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, said it was an honour to be involved in farewell the much loved Governor.
“As I approached Dame Bashir on parade to report the band, she broke into a wide smile and greeted me warmly. She thanked the band for their consistent high quality,” Lieutenant Stanke said.
“The Governor was very fond of the Navy and the Navy Band. We often supplied a small musical group for official occasions at Government House and Dame Bashir always made us feel welcome and appreciated.”
“I was always impressed with Dame Bashir’s ability to connect with people from all walks of life,” Lieutenant Stanke said.
Dame Bashir had a close association with the Royal Australian Navy and in 2008 was appointed the first ever Honorary Commodore, Navy Warfare Training, in the Royal Australian Navy. The appointment recognised the strong historical links between the Navy and the Governor’s office.
Former Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, AC DSC was officially sworn in as the 38th Governor of New South Wales the following day.
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