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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Such a special place #Harwich especially wonderful in the sun. Congratulations again to @HarwichSociety on your 50th anniversary. Excellent sermon from @bishcolchester on communities. @Tendring_DC @Essex_HS

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Vital work being done by Colchester Citizens Advice Bureau, helping thousands of people access and understand the information they need. Very many congratulations to the volunteers and paid staff on 80 years of service. @yourcolchester @bill_hayton

A glorious day @DawsHall as a guest of Major Iain Grahame unveiling the newly acquired hollowed out tree; another fascinating object in his wonderful nature reserve. Children from Essex and Suffolk learning about the natural world. @essex_cf @Essex_CC

Many congratulations to @Cloudfm for being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the field of Innovation @TheQueensAwards. It was fascinating to learn about your business and philosophy.

Very many congratulations @SosRape on being awarded the @QueensAwardVS by the @Essex_LL the MBE for Volunteers; a remarkable group. Do you know any other excellent Essex volunteer groups who would qualify #QAVS ? Nomination deadline mid September 2020 #essex #essexlieutenancy

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Today in Essex, the Princess Royal will:
-visit 'Behind the Lines - Alfred Munnings War Artist 1918' Exhibition at Castle House
-visit Geoffrey Parker Games Ltd for its 60th anniversary and open a new Board Games workshop

Very moving Service to mark the terrible loss of life during Operation Market Garden, The Battle of Arnhem - a bridge too far. L-L in Colchester the home of @16AirAssltBde with the Dutch Naval Attaché while many senior personnel at Arnhem

Well done to all the men and women ⁦⁦⁦⁦@stjohnambulance⁩ for their dedication and service which was marked at their award ceremony. Also to those who run the very successful shop ⁦@SouthWoodham⁩

Delighted to present Long Service and Good Conduct Awards to our brave Fire and Rescue men and women. Honour to be there @ECFRS

Two US officers joined cadets, & @PoppyLegion & people of West Horndon to commemorate the loss of 20 American Airmen during WW2 whose two Flying Fortress B17s came down returning from an aborted bombing raid over NW France still with their bomb load. RIP Remembered every yr.

Pickering Interfaces wins 2019 Queen's Award for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in Overseas Sales @Pickeringtest
A privilege to present this award to this excellent Essex business @Essex_CC @BBCEssex

Congratulations @EssexCricket! Brilliant winning the Vitality Blast T Twenty. Fantastic match. @Essex_CC @ChelmsCouncil

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