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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Thank you for inviting us to @ChavasseVCHouse @16AirAssltBde #Colchester to see where @HelpforHeroes operates the majority of its recovery services for wounded, injured and sick veterans in the East of England. A fantastic facility, wonderful staff. Good luck #40ThousandStrong

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“It was a pleasure to host @Essex_LL today at #Colchester Recovery Centre. The Lord Lieutenant recently helped us fundraise in #Braintree so has...


Many congratulations to Essex Search and Rescue @EssexSAR who were awarded the Queens Award for Volunteers @QueensAwardVS by HM Lord-Lieutenant this evening; a great and well deserved achievement. #essex is proud and grateful for what you do. @EssexPoliceUK @GibsonGav @Essex_CC

Thank you Roy for deputising. #Brightlingsea and All Saints Church must have looked wonderful on such a beautiful winter’s day. Congratulations to the town for preserving their fascinating history. @Tendring_DC @Essex_HS @BrightlingseaMu

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“Sunshine on “Choosing Day” in Brightlingsea, an historic Cinque Port ceremony with marked charitable benefits. Honoured to represen...


#Brightlingsea's Blessing & Reclaiming of the Waters will be Sun 7th June in 2020. Picts from this year's fantastic event. Pagentry, historic boats, - make sure its in your diary! Brightlingsea the only Cinque Port north of the Thames, the Essex Cinque Port! @Essex_LL @BBCEssex

What a good evening and a great privilege to help present the @EssexPoliceUK long Service awards. Thank you @BJH251 for all you and your force do for Essex. @Essex_CC @SouthendBC @thurrockcouncil

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“@EssexPoliceUK long service awards tonight. Thx to @Essex_LL for presenting a member of staff who has served 50 continuous years - cadet, offic...


Very interesting visit to Fordham to see the work of the @WoodlandTrust great work is being achieved in many sites. They need more places, either to plant and manage themselves or to help landowners to.@Essex_CC @essexscouts @EssexYFC

The #Cadets and #CorpsofDrums at #Grays #RemembranceParade #ACF #RemembranceSunday

Wonderful to see so many veterans, cadets and the people of Colchester out in such strength today. We remember together those who have given so much in defence of our freedom - some their all. #wewillremeberthem @poppylegion @yourcolchester https://t.co/C2hv2vWzN6

@EssexACF #CorpsofDrums #acf #cadets leading the #RemembranceParade in #Halstead to #standrews @chelmsdio . Fantastic playing as always, they did them themselves #proud #WeWillRememberThem #RemembranceSunday #LestWeForget

Inspiring Remembrance Day Parade in Brentwood this morning - so many young people involved and there to support our veterans and serving officers. An honour to be able to take part.

Wonderful tributes from #Ongar cubs and Rainbows at # Ongar Remembrance Service at the War Memorial Medical Centre. Delighted to represent ⁦@Essex_LL⁩ .⁦@ongar_town⁩ ⁦@eppingforestdc⁩

The Essex Lieutenancy was present at 23 remembrance events over the weekend to mark our gratitude to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to pray for them and their families and today’s armed forces.

Very many congratulations to @TeenTalkHarwich on winning the @QueensAwardVS your work has helped thousands of young people and their families. An outstanding organisation working also with @Rotary @Tendring_DC @CVSTendring

Delighted to support @HelpforHeroes yesterday with their appeal at St George’s Yard @BraintreeDC with Essex veteran Lee Patmore and triple amputee and @WeAreInvictus competitor veteran David Watson - a real inspiration -also Julian North and Ann Scott organising.