Lord-Lieutenants in your area

Duties of a Lord-Lieutenant

The Lord-Lieutenant carries out a wide variety of duties, working closely with voluntary services, charities and local businesses.

The main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant include:

  • arranging visits by members of the Royal family and escorting Royal visitors
  • ensuring that the monarch's Private Office is kept informed about local issues relating to their area, particularly when a Royal visit is being planned
  • making nominations for honours and awards
  • presenting a royal greeting from the monarch to those celebrating a 100th Birthday or 60th (Diamond) Wedding Anniversary
  • recommending those to be invited to the Royal Garden Party held each year at The Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • participating in civic, voluntary and social activities within the Lieutenancy and liaise with local units of the Armed Services and their associated cadet forces


The Lord-Lieutenant is supported by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants that he or she appoints. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant takes over when the Lord-Lieutenant is abroad, ill, or otherwise unavailable.