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

Nine Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for Essex

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Organisations from Chelmsford, Southend, Harlow, Saffron Walden, Tilbury & Leigh-on-Sea have won the MBE for Volunteer Groups

COVID-19 Help & Advice

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Where to find help and advice during the Coronavirus crisis

A Message from Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Essex

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Very honoured to present CEO Rob Saggs and Chairman of Trustees Michelle Brown of @chesshomeless the @QueensAwardVS; an outstanding homeless charity based in Chelmsford

The Chelmsford and Blackwater Navigation canal at Langford; part of a walk to understand more about the work of the Maldon & Heybridge Heritage Harbour Association.

Following her visit to #Suffolk the Princess Royal came to Essex to see the Affordable Rural Housing project at Roxwell and then to the @CabHarlow to meet the hardworking staff who have adapted to present conditions very successfully.

Such important support for the community. You are a lifeline for many organisations.

Sounds like another great day Julie @Essex_HS on your fantastic walk from Harwich to Tilbury!

Congratulations @PeachesTweets ! Very inspiring

There are only three weeks left to apply for a Queen's Award for Enterprise!

Have you started your application?

Don't delay, apply online now: https://t.co/TuwYlzQONn #QueensAwards @InnovateUK @Spacegovuk @InvestNI @beisgovuk @ClarenceHouse

You and your team do terrific work Sonia!

A very happy afternoon walking with @JamesBettley and Lucy through the Roach Valley Way from Paglesham to Rochford in support of Julie Fosh @Essex_HS ‘s great walk along the coast of Essex from Harwich to Tilbury @Essex_CF

Thank you to all those who served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms. No longer the #forgottenarmy you will #neverwalkalone and #NeverForgotten #VJDay75

Watching the BBC’s tribute to VJ Day and hearing the remarkable and harrowing memories must help ensure that we never let it and it’s like happen again.

Very pleased to lay a wreath on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day at a small ceremony @16AirAssltBde Colchester, remembering the bravery and sacrifice of the WW2 generation; their fortitude an inspiration at the present time.

Today is HRH The Princess Royal's Birthday. We thank her for her many years of service and congratulate her on her promotion to the rank of General.

Happy Birthday Ma'am!  @RoyalFamily

Tomorrow is the 70th birthday of The Princess Royal who has been a great supporter of Essex charities. We wish her a very happy birthday for tomorrow.

A little insight into one of the reasons we will be marking VJ Day tomorrow. @16AirAssltBde @yourcolchester https://t.co/wBmOtrMZ4N

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Word of what @edwardgabell has been doing @Tendring_DC has spread! Full of admiration.@Essex_CC #essex #volunteers
Well done with the walk Julie @Essex_HS in this heat as well! It is a wonderful and unique coastline.

Thank you for your tweet, I would like to work with you,

Today, The Duke of Edinburgh has been succeeded as Colonel-in-Chief of @riflesregiment by The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony which took place at both Windsor Castle and Highgrove House.

Thank you everyone for your very kind wishes on Prince George’s birthday today! 🎂 🎈