26th Governor-General of Australia
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) was the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia from 2014 to 2019. Cosgrove came to national attention in 1999 when, as Commander of the International Task Force East Timor, he was responsible for overseeing that country’s transition to independence. For his leadership in this role he was promoted to Companion in the Military Division of the Order of Australia. On 25 March 2014, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that General Cosgrove would become a Knight in the Order of Australia when sworn in as Governor-General.