A head and shoulders shot of Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst. She wears a dark jacket with the Lord Lieutenant medal on her left breast. She wears a necklaces of two short strings of pearls, pearl stud earrings and a dark pillbox hat. Behind her is a Union Jack unfurled and stained glass windows.

The Essex Lieutenancy

HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex is Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, the first woman to be appointed to the office in the county since it was established in the 1500s.

She is Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in the county.

The main duty of the Lord-Lieutenant is to uphold the dignity of the Crown in Essex, including encouraging voluntary service and benevolent organisations, helping to create a spirit of co-operation in the county, supporting business and industry and the social life of Essex. The appointment is non-political and unpaid.

Good News from Essex

2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for Essex

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Congratulations to all of those recognised in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours, for their services to their communities.

2019 New Year's Honours for Essex

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Congratulations to all of those recognised in the 2019 New Year's Honours, for their services to their communities.

Record number of Essex voluntary groups receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services for 2019

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Nine voluntary groups from across the county have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.


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With Lord and Lady Rayleigh in the village of Terling at one of the lovely #OpenGardens for @FarleighHospice Very pretty gardens and a most special church at Fairstead. Cadet Flt Sgt Rebecca Cordiero came as well which was great.

Today HRH The Duke of Kent was here on our Chelmsford campus to officially open our School of Medicine.

This is a milestone in both Anglia Ruskin’s and the county’s history.

Read more here: https://t.co/ol7FJIZBsz

#ARUMedicine #ARUProud #Essex

Thank you Julie @Lord_Lt_Cambs it was great that you came to Chelmsford. There is so much for us all to be proud of and grateful for. Impressive students, fantastic facilities. Many thanks indeed to HRH the Duke of Kent @RoyalFamily @AngliaRuskin @Essex_CC @ChelmsCouncil

Julie Spence, Lord Lieutenant Cambridgeshire on Twitter

“Great to be at the opening,by HRH the Duke of Kent, of the new ⁦@AngliaRuskin⁩ Medical School; state of the art facilities will ensure our ...


Another great portrait pict by Jon Sturdy at #Brightlingsea's Blessing & Reclaiming of the Waters 2019. Our guests of honour on L Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce, Lord warden of the Cinque Ports & on rt Vice Lord Lieutenant of Essex Vincent Thompson

💂🎺 Over 1,400 parading soldiers, almost 300 horses and 400 musicians from The Household Division @Householddiv and The Household Calvary @HCav1660 will take part in #TroopingtheColour this morning to mark The Queen's official birthday #QBP2019

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the #DDayLandings #DDay75

On 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air & land assault on Nazi-occupied France, codenamed ‘Operation Overlord’.

Their courage, sacrifice and unconquerable resolve will never be forgotten.

The Queen today joins The Prince of Wales, @potus and @Flotus on Day 3 of #USstatevisit, as well as Heads of State, Heads of Government and Representatives of Leaders of the Allied Nations who have come together to honour veterans. #DDAY75

Very many congratulations again to Essex Search and Rescue @EssexSAR on being awarded the QAVS. Looking forward to presenting you with the crystal and citation later this year. Hope the call out went well last night. Thank you for inviting me @EssexPoliceUK

EssexSAR on Twitter

“It was a pleasure to welcome @Essex_LL and @ACCAndyProphet to join our members in celebrating our award last night and for their thanks to all ...


Only one day to go! 3,000 primary school children visit us tomorrow for the @EssexAgSociety's Essex Schools Food And Farm Day. Is your school coming? #OnlyAtWrittle

Well done to wonderful @StowMaries_Ian It is very exciting that NINE groups from Essex are amongst 281 charities, social enterprises, and volunteer-led groups to receive the prestigious award this year across the UK. Huge congratulations to all those concerned @QueensAwardVS

Ian@StowMaries on Twitter

“What a proud day. We are overjoyed to be awarded the @QueensAwardVS for Volunteer Service. #QAVS2019 is the MBE for volunteer groups. AMAZING...


Very many congratulations to all those who received the British Empire Medal at The recent Award Ceremony at County Hall. A proud evening recognising your contribution to Essex and the Country @Essex_CC

It was a very special evening @ChelmsTheatres on Wednesday, outstanding musicians and tenor soloist, period instruments including violin, viola, cello, lute, harpsichord, bassoon and oboe. Exquisite and fresh understanding of Blow and Purcell @theoae @ChelmsCouncil @Essex_CC

OAE on Twitter

“Read our introductory biographies for the iconic teacher-pupil duo (Blow and Purcell, of course) before our concert @ChelmsTheatres tonight: h...


The power of singing felt by all @CCathedral People with Alzheimers @alzheimerssoc volunteers, carers, families, musicians, and audience all joining together in song and to learn more about how to help. Wonderful occasion.

Essex Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator on Twitter

“One of our guest speakers talking about the needs of both carers and people living with dementia. A great talk. #DAW2019 #Chelmsford #Essex #A...


Our brilliant volunteer Andrew Clarke and his wife Carol pictured at #BuckinghamPalace yesterday. Andrew was nominated to attend a Queen's Garden Party for his commitment to the local community in #Essex. He has volunteered at ECF for an incredible 20 years! Yes, 20!

Thank you so much to @Essex_LL for inviting two special VIP's from Acorn to the Royal Garden Party yesterday. For the full pre-event write up go to: https://t.co/5I6JqgjXrJ
#RoyalGardenParty #Proud