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Former Qld CHO Jeannette Young sworn in as Governor

A former top doctor’s first day in a powerful role has begun with a red carpet ride through town and a lavish ceremony.

Queensland’s former top doctor Jeannette Young’s life as the state’s Governor has officially begun following a lavish ceremony at parliament.

As chief health officer for nearly two decades, the doctor was richly rewarded with a wage of hundreds of thousands dollars each year.

But nothing could quite prepare a public servant for the ascension to become the Queen’s representative than a glitzy motorcade through the city.

Dr Young was visibly humbled during the ritzy ceremony on the lawns of Parliament House, the same patch where she became famous for providing Covid-19 updates throughout the pandemic.

She completed her proclamation between a rousing rendition of the national anthem and below the Australian Army Band which bellowed music from the balcony.

The crowd, featuring former prime minister Kevin Rudd as well as previous governors and current ministers, then stood in silence as Vice Regal Salute fired off 19 blasts from across Brisbane River on the Kangaroo Point cliffs.

Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke briefly, again crediting Dr Young for preventing mass deaths throughout the nearly two years of managing the pandemic.

“We will never know the number of lives you have saved,” the Premier said.

“As Queensland’s chief health officer, your bedside manner was calm and direct.

“From a population of five million, only seven people have lost their lives — this is a world-leading result.

“It caps a lifetime dedicated to public health and 16 years as chief health officer.”

Dr Young was then sworn in to the esteemed role, declaring her intention to travel the state to visit every public hospital as well as remote Indigenous communities.

“I see my mission as Governor to serve, acknowledge and support Queenslanders wherever they may live,” she said.

Following the ceremony, the 27th Governor of Queensland was then whisked away in a motorcade escorted by police motorcycles before being greeted by staff at her new sprawling digs at Government House.

Dr Young replaces Paul de Jersey AC, who served in the role since 2014.

Her replacement as top doctor was expected to be infectious disease clinician Dr Krispin Hajkowicz but he shocked many by withdrawing late last week due to personal reasons.

Deputy chief health officer Peter Aitken will act in the role until a permanent replacement is appointed.

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