Canada's next Governor General has been appointed

The appointment of former astronaut Julie Payette as Governor General is being met with widespread praise.

The 53-year-old from Montreal will become the fourth female to be the monarch's representative in Canada when she is sworn in later this year, taking over from Governor General David Johnston when his term expires in September.

Robert Finch, the head of the Monarchist League of Canada, says Payette's appointment suggests political experience is no longer a requirement for the job, which puts a ``modern spin on the role.''

Payette was the first Canadian female to board the International Space Station in 1999 and went on a second space flight in 2009.

She is fluently bilingual and speaks four other languages, including Russian, and has corporate, government and military experience

Payette will be installed as Governor General during a ceremony this fall after weeks of briefings and preparations.