FAQs

Who is The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire?

The current Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire is Robert Voss CBE-who was appointed on 4th August 2017

What does the Lord-Lieutenant do?

The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty’s Representative in a ceremonial county and he is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Being responsible for the arrangements for all Royal visits in the County, attending each visit and escorting the Royal visitor during the visit
  • Preparing the guest list for Royal Garden Parties
  • Advising on matters concerning the Crown
  • Advising on submissions for Honours Nominations
  • Presenting decorations such as MBEs and BEMs
  • Presenting awards, such as the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
  • Being Keeper of the Rolls and chair the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for the appointment of Magistrates
  • Liaison with local units of the Army, Navy and Air Force, their Reserves and Cadet Forces.
  • Attendance at civic and social events.
  • Giving Support to charities and other voluntary organisations.

Who takes precedence?

The Lord-Lieutenant takes precedence over all civic dignitaries at an event or function and should be treated as if Her Majesty were present at the occasion. Other points of protocol may be found in the “Helping You” section of the website.

Is being a Lord-Lieutenant an honour?

Yes it is, but it is one which brings with it service and duties.

How long does a Lord-Lieutenant’s appointment last?

A Lord-Lieutenant usually serves until his or her 75th Birthday.

How does one get appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant?

The Sovereign, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appoints Lord-Lieutenants. The role is non-political.

Who is eligible for appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant?

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.

How much is the Lord-Lieutenant paid?

The Lord-Lieutenant is not paid. It is a voluntary position, as is that of Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenant.

Will the Lord-Lieutenant be able to attend my event?

The Lord-Lieutenant has a very busy schedule but consideration will be given to attending events whenever possible. In the first instance please write to or email the Lieutenancy Office: Lieutenancy.Office@hertfordshire.gov.uk

How can I correspond with the Lord-Lieutenant?

You can contact the Lord-Lieutenant via the Lieutenancy Office: Lieutenancy.Office@hertfordshire.gov.uk

How many Deputies does The Lord-Lieutenant have?

The number of Deputy Lieutenants that each Lord-Lieutenant may appoint is governed by the population of each county. Hertfordshire may have a maximum of 57 Deputies Lieutenants-currently The Lord-Lieutenant has appointed 49 including the Vice Lord-Lieutenant. Deputy Lieutenants can use the initials “DL” after their name.

How can I arrange a Royal visit?

Please contact the Lieutenancy Office: Lieutenancy.Office@hertfordshire.gov.uk

How should I address members of the Royal Family?

  • 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.

How can I nominate someone for an honour?

The Honours system recognizes 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 by going to: www.gov.uk/honours/overview. Applications can also be made through the Lord-Lieutenant.

How can I apply for, or nominate, an organisation for a Queen’s Award?

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: www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise are the UK’s top awards for business performance. They are presented in three categories:

  • International Trade
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable Development.

More details can be found at: www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise