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

A Message from Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Essex

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Six more Essex businesses win the Queen's Awards for Enterprise

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Companies from Colchester, Clacton, Billericay, Southend, Stansted and Wickford have won the most prestigious UK business award

COVID-19 Help & Advice

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Thank you Sara, great that you are involved, especially with your expertise. I keep hearing that @MaldonCVS as well as the other Essex CVSs are doing wonderful work.

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Calling Essex: This is your chance to nominate someone for an honour! Click on the link below and find the form. #COVID19 #volunteers

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Joyce Obaseki from the wonderful @GrantASmile1 winner of The 2019 Queens Award for Volunteers @QueensAwardVS collecting their award #SocialDistancing in my garden. Congratulations to you and your terrific team.

Innovative Essex Businesses apply now. This is a very special award for the best. Recognised nationally and internationally @TheQueensAwards @EssexChambers

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“Does your business have a flair for innovation? Keep an eye out on our social media next week, as we take a look at some of our incredible Inn...


We’d like to wish all Muslims a happy and safe Eid-al-Fitr. Please remember that mosques remain closed and gatherings are still not allowed so you should celebrate at home with those you live with.

This years #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek's focus is kindness.

Cllr John Spence highlights the amazing kind acts that people in #Essex have done for each other during the crisis, and how to overcome loneliness with kindness. Share your kindness stories with us ♥️ #KindnessMatters

‘I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief.’

The Queen was 19 years old on VE Day. More than thirty years later, she recorded her memories for a unique BBC Broadcast.


Standing together but separate: @16AirAssltBde invited civic dignitaries to mark #VEDay75 in the garrison town of Colchester.
I observed the silence at home as a #SocialDistancing measure, thanks to Gunner Aaron Jones for laying my wreath on my behalf.

The wreath that was laid on my behalf at Colchester Barracks, the home of 16th Air Assault Brigade.

Red Arrows over Danbury this morning

If you would like some ideas of things you could SAFELY do to celebrate VE Day, you might like to look at https://t.co/QjznhCWnPo #StayAtHome #ProtectTheNHS #SaveLives

Writing in the 125th anniversary edition of the @NationalTrust Magazine, The Prince of Wales has praised its members and volunteers for playing a vital role in conserving and protecting the nation’s coastline, historic sites and green spaces. 🏰 🍃

Essex County Council, in partnership with Public Health England, is piloting a new approach to minimise deaths due to COVID-19 in care homes in the county.

For more: https://t.co/dUtqn5uasl