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The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire

As His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire and his personal representative in the County, I am keen that we give thanks for and celebrate the individuals, diverse businesses and organisations that make this county a better place.

The Lancashire Lieutenancy is the link between the monarchy and the County and we hope within these pages you can find any information you need about our work.

These pages explains who we are, what we do and how we can help you and also tells you how to contact us about exciting new projects, companies, ideas and those people and organisations that deserve recognition particularly but not exclusively, volunteers.

You can follow our work on Twitter and Facebook

Further details can also be found on the Lancashire County Council website here

Enquiries should be directed to:

The Lieutenancy Office
County Hall

Telephone: (01772) 533364 or (01772) 533350 or 07798 833665.

Email: [email protected]

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The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire

The Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire is His Majesty’s personal representative in the County who is appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister.

This role is non-political and unpaid and he or she is supported by a Vice Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants appointed for their work in the County in a number of different fields.

Administrative support is provided by the Clerk to the Lieutenancy which in most Counties is the Chief Executive of the Local Authority.

The Lord-Lieutenant and his Lieutenancy team not only represent and uphold the dignity of the Crown and arrange Royal visits to the County but it also celebrates the achievements of the people of Lancashire and their service to others.

The Lieutenancy helps to promote Lancashire communities, culture, services, heritage, business and charitable success while drawing attention to those addressing challenges and problems in the County. It also has a role in supporting the three Services and, in particular, the Reserve forces and cadets.

The principle duties

of the Lord-Lieutenant are as follows:

  • Arranging visits of Members of the Royal Family and escorting Royal visitors as appropriate
  • Participation in civic and social activity within the County; this includes encouragement of a wide range of voluntary activity
  • Liaison with local units of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, including reserve forces and cadets
  • Presentation of medals and awards on behalf of His Majesty The King
  • Leadership of the local magistracy via the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace, in liaison with the Ministry of Justice

In addition to the above the Lord-Lieutenant is asked to comment on the validity of nominations for honours and submits lists of names of those he recommends for invitations to His Majesty’s Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace.

The Lord-Lieutenant is also expected to promote a good atmosphere and spirit of co-operation by the encouragement he gives to voluntary service and benevolent organisations, and by the interest he takes in the business and social life of his county. He is also encouraged to take an interest in local projects funded from the National Lottery and should consider lending support to those which he feels to be of particular importance.

High Sheriff

His Majesty The King has appointed his first High Sheriff of Lancashire at a ceremony which dates back to the days of Elizabeth I.

At a ceremony held at County Hall in Preston later this month, David Taylor CBE DL, who has an outstanding record of working in important institutions over his forty years in the county and is currently Chairman of the University of Central Lancashire and Deputy Chairman of Preston North End Football Club, will be installed as His Majesty’s representative in the county, overseeing all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

The office of High Sheriff is held for one year, is purely voluntary and does not receive any salary or expenses.

Mr Taylor will take over the role from Martin Ainscough DL of Parbold Hall.

Further details on the history of the High Sheriff of Lancashire can be found following this link: https://www.highsheriffoflancashire.co.uk/