Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has been announced as the state’s next governor.

She will replace Governor Paul de Jersey when his term ends later this year.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the appointment was in recognition of Dr Young’s “exemplary” service as Queensland’s Chief Health Officer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Young will become Queensland’s 27th Governor.

The Premier said Dr Young had led the state through “the greatest peacetime emergency in a century”.

“Queenslanders have come to know Dr Young, who has stood by my side during hundreds of COVID media conferences,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The people of this state know she stood by their side too and kept us safe.

“There is no-one more deserving of the title ‘Her Excellency’.”

Ms Palaszczuk said Queen Elizabeth had already approved Dr Young’s appointment.

She also paid tribute to Justice de Jersey, who will continue in the role of Governor until November 1.

More to come.

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