The Role of The Lord-Lieutenant
The fundamental principle concerning the office of Lord-Lieutenant is that he or she is Her Majesty’s representative in his county and consequently it is his first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown. In this role he has wide discretion in how he carries out the tasks expected of him and those he chooses to undertake.
In general the Lord-Lieutenant will be following the example of The Queen and other members of the Royal family if he seeks to promote a good atmosphere and a spirit of co-operation by the encouragement he gives to voluntary service, and to benevolent organisations, and by the interest he takes in the business, industrial and social life of his county and the voluntary activity that goes on in it. This aspect of the role is where the Lord-Lieutenant can have the greatest personal impact in the Lieutenancy.
The Main Duties of The Lord-Lieutenant
The Queen and Her Government expect certain duties of Lord-Lieutenants. These duties may broadly be classified under the following headings:
•to arrange visits by members of the Royal family and to escort Royal visitors
•to represent The Queen, including duties with the armed forces and presenting certain honours, medals and awards
•to assess nominations for honour, both personal and for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and to encourage good nominations for both
•to liaise with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated Cadet Forces.
Additional Duties of The Lord-Lieutenant and his Deputy Lieutenants
•to nominate people for The Queen’s Garden Party
•to promote The Queen’s Award for Enterprise
•to attend diamond wedding events (60th)
•to attend 100th birthdays
•to nurture links with the local authority and police
•to attend Citizenship Ceremonies
•to attend funerals as representatives of the Lieutenancy
•to attend Remembrance Day Parades and other national memorial events
The Lieutenancy Team is keen to visit charities, voluntary groups, businesses and local events. They will also be delighted to deliver birthday and anniversary cards. Please contact the Lieutenancy Office to make arrangements