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

2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for Essex

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Congratulations to all of those recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours, for their services to their communities.

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

Seven Essex people honoured with a BEM

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Seven Essex people have been honoured at a special socially-distanced ceremony in Chelmsford.


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Thank you to the Vice L-L for attending and reporting on a stimulating and encouraging talk by Crispin Truman, National CEO @CPRE Essex AGM. Congratulations for their major contribution to protecting our wonderful countryside, so important for the #environment and #health

Congratulations to @StowAero complying with restrictions held a very successful AGM on 30th Sept; inspiring and thought provoking talk by Air Chief Marshall, Sir Andrew Pulford on the importance of the military from WWI to current times and the key role of the RAF.

Congratulations to South Essex Community Hub on being awarded the @QueensAwardVS on 2 Oct. presented by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Vincent Thompson. So very well deserved given their invaluable contribution to the community of Southend.

Very many congratulations to the 30 people from Essex recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List this weekend for outstanding service to the county and country through voluntary work, building businesses, scientific work and philanthropy. @Essex_CC @Essex_CF

Today The Duke of Cambridge launches The #EarthshotPrize, the most prestigious global environment prize in history.

Visit @EarthshotPrize to join The Duke and Sir David Attenborough and find out more 🌍

Encouragement from Sir David Attenborough!

Well done to everyone in the Open Road team for all of your hard work providing support to those around us.
#openroad #charity #recoverysupport (pt.3)

Very grateful to Lt Colonel Hugh Toler MBE DL for representing me at Arnhem Memorial alongside Mayor Nick Cope @yourcolchester Lt Col Rob Arts the Dutch Defence Attaché and Lt Col David Lord PARA of @16AirAssltBde commemorating those who fought so bravely against impossible odds.

CEO Gary Hyams and Cheryl Sugarman receiving the @QueensAwardVS on behalf of @Support4Sight ‘s outstanding volunteers at my home with two others. So pleased we managed to do this. Hopefully bigger celebrations to come next year! @KemiBadenoch @Essex_CC

An excellent project; the first Gap Home for Barnardos in England. Sponsored by The Theydon Trust #Epping giving young people coming out of care their own front door, within the local community with support from @barnardos staff and volunteers. @eppingforestdc

British Empire Medals to: Mrs Elizabeth Alderton BEM, Mrs Christine Delivett BEM, Mr Stanley Davies BEM, Mrs Margaret Stone BEM, Mr George Wilson BEM, Mrs Patricia Greenhill BEM, Mr Paul Pemberton BEM. More names to follow when presented.

Very pleased to present Seven Essex men and women with the British Empire medal at a strictly social distanced ceremony @Essex_CC 3 weeks ago. Others will be presented by the L-L in their front gardens as appropriate. Very many congratulations to them for their service to Essex.

Congratulations Essex! Brilliant team effort, you make us all feel proud!

Congratulations to Lord Lieutenant Jennifer (@Essex_LL), Mrs Joy Darby and Cllr Mick Page on their election as EALC Vice Presidents!

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!