Former Australian defense force chief Sir Peter Cosgrove was sworn in on Friday, March 28, 2014 as the country’s 26th governor-general. Under the Constitution, the governor-general is the representative of Australia’s monarch and nominal head of state, currently Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.
The role is mostly ceremonial, and the governor-general must act on the advice of the prime minister.
Cosgrove, 67, became a popular figure in Australia in 1999 as commander of the international peace keeping mission in East Timor. He was appointed chief of the army in 2000 and defense force chief in 2002. He retired from active service in 2005.