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.

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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.

News from Essex

Remembrance Day & Armistice Day 2020

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“In grateful memory of all those who gave their lives to achieve our freedom.”

Seven Essex people honoured with a BEM

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Seven Essex people have been honoured at a special socially-distanced ceremony in Chelmsford.

2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for Essex

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Congratulations to all of those recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours, for their services to their communities.


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Before lockdown @Directmeats received the very prestigious @TheQueensAwards for International Trade; a wonderful family business supplying carefully sourced meat and home made charcuterie to a range of customers including top restaurants and hotels. #provenancewithapassion

Before lockdown, a very special & moving occasion when Mrs Rachel Barnett BEM received her honour outside her house with her grandchildren watching. The medal was on a cushion and following the citation her husband presented it. Many many congratulations!

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Many congratulations to the 4 gold and 4 silver awards in Essex this year. Thank you very much to those businesses listed in the next two tweets!

These ingredients make 2 x 1kg puddings:

🍇 250g raisins
🍇 250g currants
🍇 185g sultanas
🍊 150g mixed peel
🧈 250g suet or vegetarian suet
🍞 250g breadcrumbs
🌾 90g flour
🎄12g mixed spice
🥚 2 whole eggs
🍬180g demerara sugar 
🍺 275ml beer
🍹 40ml dark rum
🥃 40ml brandy

🥄 Today is #StirupSunday: traditionally the day when home cooks ‘stir up’ their Christmas pudding mixture.

This year, chefs in the Royal kitchens have shared their recipe for a traditional Christmas pudding.

We hope that some of you enjoy making it in your own homes.

🦸‍♂️ “We need to be easier on ourselves as men and dads…we don’t have to be superheroes.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met beneficiaries of @FutureMenUK’s Fathers Programmes, which help fathers develop their confidence as parents at every stage of their child’s development.