The Lieutenancy of the County of Moray
The Lieutenancy team is led by the Lord – Lieutenant. He is assisted by the Vice Lord – Lieutenant and 12 Deputy Lieutenants (DLs).
The Lieutenancies in the Local Authority Area of Moray
The Lieutenancies of Moray and Banffshire cover the Moray Council area. The former includes Fochabers and the communities to the west of the River Spey, the latter the remaining area to the east of the river and the north west of Aberdeenshire Council.
Both Lieutenancies are led by the Lord-Lieutenants, assisted by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and twelve Deputy Lieutenants (DLs) in Moray and nine in Banffshire.
The Role of The Lord-Lieutenant
The fundamental principle of the office of Lord-Lieutenant is that he is His Majesty’s representative in the county and consequently it is his first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown. The role is civic and non-political. In this role he has wide discretion in how he carries out the tasks expected of him and those which he chooses to undertake.
In general, the Lord-Lieutenant will be following the example of The King and other members of The Royal Family as he seeks to promote a good atmosphere and a spirit of co-operation by the encouragement he gives to voluntary service, to benevolent organisations, and by the interest he takes in the business and social life of the county and the voluntary activity that goes on in it. This aspect of the role is where the Lord-Lieutenant and his Deputies can have the greatest impact in the county. The Lieutenancy also seeks to promote the area wherever and whenever possible.
Recent examples of the Lieutenancy at work as ‘a force for good’ have been the running of ‘The Moray Emergency Relief Fund’ to help struggling families and businesses during the Covid pandemic; and the leadership given to Platinum Jubilee events and projects and notably ‘The Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee’ which involved over 5,500 schoolchildren in a variety of activities.
The Main Duties of The Lord-Lieutenant
The King and His Governments 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 King, including duties with the armed forces and presenting certain honours and awards
- to encourage and to assess nominations for personal honours and for The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.
- 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 King’s Garden Party
- to promote The King’s Award for Enterprise
- to attend Diamond Wedding events (60th)
- to attend 100th Birthdays
- to nurture links with the local authority and emergency services.
- 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 voluntary groups, businesses and local events. They will be delighted to deliver anniversary and birthday card. Please contact the Lieutenancy Office to make arrangements