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About the Lieutenancy

Appointing a Lord-Lieutenant

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In England and Wales, His Majesty The King appoints the Lord-Lieutenant for each County (or Metropolitan area) on the advice of the Prime Minister, who consults widely in the County concerned. The fundamental principle concerning the office is that he or she is His Majesty's representative and consequently it is his or her first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown.

The Lord-Lieutenant holds the office until retirement at no later than the age of 75.

Lord-Lieutenant duties

The duties of the post include:

  • Attending on royalty during official visits to the county;
  • performing certain duties in connection with armed forces of the Crown (and in particular the reserve forces);
  • making presentations of honours and awards on behalf of the Crown such as the Queen's Awards for Enterprise and the Queen's Commendation for Bravery;
  • encouraging charitable work and local initiatives to benefit the community.

Addressing the Lord-Lieutenant

The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant is:

Written: His Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson, CBE KStJ
Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant
In a speech preamble: My Lord-Lieutenant.
Conversation: On formal occasions - Mr Dudson or Lord-Lieutenant

Contact Information

Mr John Henderson
Clerk to the Lieutenancy
County Buildings
Martin Street
ST16 2LH

Tel: 01785 276805 / 276021
E-mail: officer.lieutenancy@staffordshire.gov.uk (for Lieutenancy Matters only)

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