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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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! 🎂 🎈

Very good to hear your message Archbishop Stephen. And the lovely messages and music.

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the #BattleofBritain, the battle which turned the tide of #WW2.

"I remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us, and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time."
- The Queen, July 2018.

Warmest congratulations to Bishop Stephen Cottrell, previously Bishop of Chelmsford, whose Confirmation of Election as the 98th Archbishop of York has taken place today. Essex will miss you.

On the 72nd birthday of the @NHS an opportunity to say thank you again for the huge service you give to our country.

A great shout out to Lt Col Nana (TA) Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah @HCav1660 you will have seen him escorting HM The Queen as her equirry at the recent #troopingthecolour #QBP he is such an awesome #rolemodel @ACFStepChange @acfbame @ArmyBAME

Congratulations to @EssexACF ! You are a wonderful group of young people and adult leaders. Hope to see you again soon.

"During post-war Britain, populations from the Caribbean, Africa & Asia were called upon to ... help rebuild its public sector". Check out @DockyardChatham's blog exploring the contribution of the #WindrushGeneration to Britain, in particular the newly formed NHS. #WindrushDay

Wishing His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge a very happy birthday and #FathersDay

Among his military appointments the Duke is Colonel Irish Guards. ☘️ @BritishArmy @KensingtonRoyal

A message for the excellent Essex businesses. @EssexChambers And #essex Institute of Directors @iod

The Queen enjoying today’s military ceremony at Windsor Castle, held to mark Her Majesty’s Official Birthday. 👇

At 10 am today, The Piper to the Sovereign, Pipe Major Richard Grisdale along with Pipers across Scotland, played in memory of the Heroes of St Valéry.

These soldiers remained in France following the successful mass evacuations at Dunkirk at the beginning of June 1940.

It is humbling to realise how very many people of all ages are carers and the time, love and commitment they give to those they care for. We remember them and thank them #CarersWeek2020

Wishing a very happy Happy Birthday to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

We need all the support we can muster to make our #Museum the success it is. Our #Patrons (https://t.co/DhzbSDKVV3) are advocates and ambassadors for us, spreading the word, and we're hugely grateful to @Essex_LL , @sauldavid66 , @thehistoryguy and Lord Petre! @HeritageFundEoE

At the end of #VolunteersWeek an inspiring message from HM The Queen and A good moment to consider putting forward a volunteer group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service @QueensAwardVS: A very special award for outstanding organisations.

Sadly not this year, but normally at this time the Cinque Port Liberty of @Brightlingsea #essex holds a procession followed by a blessing of the waters by the Bishop of Colchester from a fishing smack. Very much look forward to it next year.