The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant

Written: Major General The Hon Seymour Monro, CBE, LVO, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Moray

Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant

In a Speech: In the preamble, the Lord-Lieutenant should be referred to as ‘Lord-Lieutenant’. A speech might begin ‘Lord- Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen…’

Conversation: Should be initially addressed as ‘Lord-Lieutenant’ and thereafter by name.

If the Lord-Lieutenant is represented by a Deputy Lieutenant, the above etiquette should be adapted accordingly ie ‘Dear Deputy Lieutenant’. A speech might begin ‘Deputy Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen…’

Church services and seating: At funerals, the Lord-Lieutenant or his representative (unless attending in a personal capacity) always enters the church last (two minutes before the start of the service and before the coffin) and always leaves straight after the family. For other church services, the Lord-Lieutenant or his representative enters last and leaves first. The usual arrangement is for the Lord-Lieutenant to be seated at the front of the nave on the south side. For funerals, if the family is on the south side, the Lord-Lieutenant sits on the north side at the front and on the aisle edge.

Seating in general: At other functions, the Lord-Lieutenant should be seated in the same place as you would seat a member of the Royal Family – as the principal guest.

Issues relating to protocol and precedence can be clarified in consultation with the Lord-Lieutenant’s office.