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

Essex businesses urged to aim for prestigious awards

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The Lord-Lieutenant's Business Excellence in Essex initiative urges companies to show their strengths and bid for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

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.

Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, Bayeux

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As part of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, Col Charles Thomas TD DL laid a wreath at Bayeux on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex


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Congratulations to all Writtle graduates on your graduation today #Chelmsford cathedral. I was delighted to represent @Essex_LL to witness this special occasion . @WrittleOfficial

A fitting tribute to the Merchant Navy and UK fishing fleet on Plymouth Hoe. Ceremonies were held around Essex on Merchant Navy Day to mark our gratitude.

The Royal Family on Twitter

“#DYK Tuesday was Merchant Navy Day? In honour of this, The Princess Royal visited Plymouth to unveil a monument dedicated to the Merchant Nav...


Congratulations @SophieBiebuyck and all @HelpwithHearing Essex on your outstanding achievement @QueensAwardVS helping in many vital ways people experiencing difficulties through loss of hearing. Thank you Deputy Lieutenant @jabelsmith for your support.

Home - Hearing Help Essex

Help Support & Guidance for those with hearing loss A quarter of a million people in Essex have some degree of hearing loss, nationally that …


Many congratulations to Stow Marie’s Aerodrome for being awarded the Queen’s Award for Volunteers, as always it was a privilege to see what you have achieved @StowAero @MaldonDC

Ian@StowMaries on Twitter

“Today, the 162 Volunteers of @StowAero will be presented their Queens Award for Volunteering Services by @Essex_LL. These amazing people give i...


Is your business working hard to tackle climate change or using sustainable practices?

Apply now for the #QueensAwards in Sustainable Development: https://t.co/CMAcB0T466

#IndustrialStrategy @beisgovuk @RoyalFamily @innovateuk @tradegovuk

Part of the stunning collection of Latin American Art at the Silberrad Centre at Essex University.

Wednesday morning Graduation @essexuniversity in the Ivor crew building. Great celebrations from the many students from the Department of Government, and the School of Biological Sciences.

Many congratulations to Ultimotive on achieving the Queen’s Award For Enterprise, it was a great pleasure to be there. @TheQueensAwards @yourcolchester

Ultimotive on Twitter

“This week the Lord Lieutenant of Essex came to the @Ultimotive office to present our #queensaward emblem. #awardwinning #familybusiness #export...


Combined attending The Chairman of Rochford District Council’s happy Garden Party with joining my husband on his boat at Paglesham to sail back to base

LIEUTENANCY OF Essex announced today

Mr Jeremy FINNIS,
Mrs Sidra NAEEM
Mrs Fiona NELMES
Lieutenant Colonel Hugh TOLER MBE

Recently @the_ttrust hosted the largest #ArmedForcesCovenant signing where 23 Academies signed their pledges, 11 of those are located in #EastAnglia. Congratulations to all of you, we look forward to working with you on your #DefenceJourney

A message from Her Majesty The Queen:

“Prince Philip and I send our warmest congratulations to the England Men’s Cricket team after such a thrilling victory in today’s World Cup Final.” (1/2) #CricketWorldCup

A young person’s successful contribution to dairy farmer and president of this year’s Tendring Show, Philip Smith’s theme ‘the delights of dairy’ @tendringshow

Ideal weather @tendringshow a great one day Agricultural Show demonstrating how farmers work hard to feed us. Fruit, vegetables, grains, livestock, farm equipment and machinery. Many entertainments for all ages. A really good day out. Thank you for asking me!

Essex @ymcaessex are doing an outstanding job supporting young people from 0 to 25, the testimonies from the older recipients of awards showed so much maturity kindnesss and wisdom, a reflection of the care they have received. @Essex_CC @ChelmsCouncil @yourcolchester

ChelmsfordCVS on Twitter

“Honoured to attend YMCA Essex celebration event tonight @AngliaRuskin @ymcaessex”