Investiture of the Captains Regent in San Marino in 2020

Investiture of the Captains Regent in San Marino in 2020
Handmade ceramic plates of San Marino. Image via Deposit Photos
  How long until Investiture of the Captains Regent?
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  Dates of Investiture of the Captains Regent in San Marino
2021 Apr 1, Oct 1
San MarinoFri, Oct 1National Holiday
San MarinoThu, Apr 1National Holiday
2020 Apr 1, Oct 1
San MarinoThu, Oct 1National Holiday
San MarinoWed, Apr 1National Holiday
2019 Apr 1, Oct 1
San MarinoTue, Oct 1National Holiday
San MarinoMon, Apr 1National Holiday
2018 Apr 1, Oct 1
San MarinoMon, Oct 1National Holiday
San MarinoSun, Apr 1National Holiday
  Summary
The two heads of state of the Republic of San Marino are elected every six months by the Grand and General Council, the country's legislative body

When is the Investiture of the New Captains Regent?

The Investiture of the New Captains Regent is a public holiday in San Marino that takes place twice a year; on April 1st and October 1st.

History of the Investiture of the New Captains Regent

There is an old saying that 'two heads are better than one'. In San Marino that saying is literally taken as a form of government. 

In a tradition that dates back to 1243 and based on a custom of the Roman Republic, this tiny republic has not one, but two heads of state.

Known as the Captains Regent, two people are elected every six months by the Grand and General Council, the country's legislative body.

The two Captain Regent are usually selected from different political parties to give a unique balanced government. Once they have served the six months, they cannot become regents again for another three years.

This may sound a bit bonkers to those of us from countries whose leaders are elected for periods of four or five years, but the roles are mainly symbolic and more like that of a king or queen rather than a president.

Women were prevented from taking public positions in San Marino until 1972. The first female Captains Regent was elected in April 1981.

If you are visiting San Marino on April 1st or October 1st, you can watch the investiture of the new Captains Regent which takes place at the Piazza della Liberta, outside the Government Palace.

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