Public Messages

Monday, 10th June 2019

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC has accepted a request from The Premier, the Honourable Steven Marshall MP, that he continue to serve in the office of Governor of South Australia until 31 August 2021.

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Saturday, 9th March 2019

Her Majesty The Queen has issued a Message on the occasion of Commonwealth Day 2019.  The text of Her Majesty’s Message can be found here.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Her Majesty The Queen has sent the following message to those Australians currently affected by the drought:

"Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened to hear of one of the worst Australian droughts in living memory. 

I know Australia as a land where extremes of weather, floods and droughts are taken in their stride, and life goes on with a stoic and determined spirit.  It is clear, however, that the current drought is taking an immense toll, especially on those living and working in rural communities, who are, in so many ways, the very heart and soul of Australia. 

It is heartening and reassuring to see that families, communities and the entire nation are working together and supporting each other at this time of need.  

My thoughts and prayers are with the many individuals, families, communities and businesses who have been affected, and I send my sincere thanks to all those who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their support.  Elizabeth R."

The Queen has also made a private donation to support the drought relief efforts.

Friday, September 30, 2016

His Excellency writes:

As the State continues to deal with the consequences of the extreme weather events that have befallen us over recent days, my wife Lan and I extend our thoughts and best wishes to everyone who has been affected. 

Lan and I have been deeply moved and impressed by the resilience and fortitude with which South Australians have responded in these unprecedented circumstances.   

Many have gone above and beyond the call of duty and many have helped out on a completely voluntary basis. 

Communities and individuals have borne difficult circumstances with great spirit and risen to novel challenges with dedication, ingenuity and a wonderful sense of shared effort and common purpose. 

I know that these qualities will also underpin the challenges of recovery that are yet to come.

While the immediate crisis may have passed for much of the state, I know too that events have been frightening and traumatic in some cases and that some communities remain significantly affected.  Our special thoughts are with them.

At this moment I am more proud than ever to be Governor of this State.  I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the police and emergency services, to volunteers, to local councils and community organisations and to all those who have wholeheartedly engaged in every effort to avoid loss of life, to save properties and to minimise damage.

Over coming days as events move into a recovery phase, I hope to make visits to some of the affected areas. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

His Excellency writes:

I extend my deepest sympathies to the people of France in the wake of the tragic events in Nice, on the evening of the 14th of July.

Only hours before it had been my great honour to view Australians march alongside their French counterparts in the Bastille Day Parade in Paris.

I am deeply saddened by what has unfolded and my thoughts and prayers are with the people involved in this terrible incident, as well as their families and friends.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Le are delighted to welcome the announcement from Clarence House that Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be including South Australia in the itinerary for their Australian visit in November. 

The announcement can be found here:

and the Prime Minister's announcement can be found here:

Monday, March 9, 2015

Her Majesty The Queen has issued a Message on the occasion of Commonwealth Day 2015, with the theme of ‘A Young Commonwealth’.  The text of Her Majesty’s Message can be found at the following link:  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO received the following message from Her Majesty The Queen:


Prince Philip and I send our sincere thanks and appreciation to the hundreds of firefighters and community volunteers who have risked their lives to contain the bushfires in South Australia and Victoria.

Our thoughts are with the families who have lost their homes and personal possessions in the fires.

I commend the courage and fortitude of the men and women who continue to assist with the emergency operations and those who are providing support to the people who are directly affected.