Lord Lieutenant FAQs
The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty’s representative in the county, in this case Essex, and she is charged with the following responsibilities:
– receiving members of the Royal Family who visit Essex;
– meeting and receiving visiting Heads of States if they arrive at Stansted Airport;
– promoting national honours and awards;
– organising the presentations of the British Empire Medals to local recipients;
– validating local nominations;
– supporting and presenting The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service;
– supporting the local military (regulars, reserves and cadets) in concert with the East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (EARFCA) The Lord-Lieutenant is President of the County Forum
– working closely with elected representatives to pursue mutually beneficial objectives;
– encouraging and supporting positive community cohesion and engagement.
In essence, the role of Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex is to uphold the dignity of the Crown and to follow the example of The Queen by improving the well-being of the residents of Essex.
The Lord-Lieutenant, as Her Majesty’s representative, takes precedence over all persons of whatever rank at an event or function.
Yes it is, but it is one which brings with it service and duties.
The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant is:
Written: Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex
Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant
In a speech: In the preamble the Lord-Lieutenant should be referred to as “My Lord-Lieutenant”. A speech might begin “My Lord-Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen…”
Conversation: On formal occasions – Lord-Lieutenant
A Lord-Lieutenant serves until his or her 75th Birthday. Mrs Tolhurst will retire as Lord-Lieutenant in 2026.
The Sovereign, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appoints Lord-Lieutenants. The role is non-political.
Anybody, but they must clearly have given service to their local community and live near enough to their county or area to know it well and carry out their functions in it effectively.
The Lord-Lieutenant is not paid. It is a voluntary position, like that of Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants.
Please contact the Lieutenancy Office: Lieutenancy Office.
For The Queen: Your Majesty on the first occasion and Ma’am thereafter.
Other female members of the Royal Family who hold the title Her Royal Highness: Your Royal Highness on the first occasion and then Ma’am.
For male members of the Royal Family who hold the title His Royal Highness: Your Royal Highness on the first occasion and Sir thereafter.
Honours & Awards FAQs
The honours system recognises people of outstanding merit, and those who have committed themselves to service to the nation and to their communities. You can submit a nomination at any time. Find out more about the honours process and how to nominate someone here >
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is awarded for outstanding achievement by groups who regularly volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the lives of others. To find out more visit the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service website: https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s top award for business performance. They are presented in three categories:
– international trade;
– sustainable development.
More details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise.