- What does the Lieutenancy contribute to the county?
- How is one appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant?
- Who is eligible for appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant?
- How long does the Lord-Lieutenant’s appointment last?
- How much is the Lord-Lieutenant paid?
- How do I address the Lord-Lieutenant?
- What types of event does the Lord-Lieutenant attend?
- How do I invite the Lord-Lieutenant to an event?
- How can I apply for or nominate an organisation for a King’s Award?
- How can I nominate someone for an honour?
- How can I apply for an anniversary message from HM The King?
- How are Royal Visits arranged?
- How should I address Members of the Royal Family?
- What is the High Sheriff and what is the role?
- Who is the current High Sheriff of Surrey?
What does the Lieutenancy contribute to the county?
The Lord-Lieutenant is HM The Queen’s representative in Surrey. He supports the work of the armed forces, the judiciary, the Church and faith organisations. The Lieutenancy arranges and hosts all Royal Visits to the county.
More broadly, the Lieutenancy plays an important role in recognising and celebrating achievement and excellence of all kinds by business, charities, voluntary organisations and individuals. In that role it is responsible for making recommendations for national honours, for The Queen’s Award for Enterprise and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and for Royal Garden Parties.Back to top ↑
How is one appointed as a Lord-Lieutenant?
The Sovereign, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, appoints Lord-Lieutenants. The opinions of a wide range of citizens in the county are taken before the Prime Minister advises HM The King on possible appointees.Back to top ↑
Who is eligible for appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant?
Any person who is resident in the county is eligible for appointment as Lord-Lieutenant.Back to top ↑
How long does the Lord-Lieutenant’s appointment last?
The appointment is not for a fixed period.
A Lord-Lieutenant serves until his or her 75th Birthday.Back to top ↑
How much is the Lord-Lieutenant paid?
The Lord-Lieutenant is not paid.Back to top ↑
How do I address the Lord-Lieutenant?
The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant is as follows:
Written – Mr Michael More-Molyneux, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey
Salutation – Dear Lord-Lieutenant, or Dear Mr More-Molyneux
In a speech preamble – My Lord-Lieutenant
Conversation, on formal occasions – Lord-Lieutenant, or Mr More-MolyneuxBack to top ↑
What types of event does the Lord-Lieutenant attend?
The Lord-Lieutenant hosts Investitures for recipients for the British Empire Medal and receptions for nominees for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. He or one of his Deputy Lieutenants will also attend civic functions around the county: special events such as presentations of Queen’s Awards, awards ceremonies, or events to support the charitable sector. He also visits voluntary and other organisations to acknowledge and recognise the work being done.Back to top ↑
How do I invite the Lord-Lieutenant to an event?
If you would like to invite the Lord-Lieutenant to an event you should write in the first instance to:
Mrs Caroline Breckell MVO DL
Deputy Clerk to the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey
Surrey GU3 1HS
Or email: email@example.com
How can I apply for or nominate an organisation for a King’s Award?
The King’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. For a copy of the Surrey Lieutenancy publication ‘The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ click here. Or for further details and to download a nomination form go to the Award website.
The King’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s top award for business performance. It is presented in four categories:
• International trade
• Sustainable development
• Promoting Opportunity through social mobility
To find out more about how to nominate for the next round of awards, including whether your business meets the criteria necessary to apply, please visit the Awards website.Back to top ↑
How can I nominate someone for an honour?
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 from the Surrey Lieutenancy publication ‘How to nominate Surrey Champions for National Honours’ click here. Or you can nominate someone for an award at www.gov.uk/honours/nominate-someone.Back to top ↑
How can I apply for an anniversary message from HM The King?
HM The King sends congratulatory messages to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter, and those celebrating their 60th, 65th and 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter. You can find the forms and further guidance on the British Monarchy website.Back to top ↑
How are Royal Visits arranged?
Royal Visits are generally proposed by the Lord-Lieutenant to the Household of individual members of the Royal Family. Once a visit is agreed, he is responsible for making all the arrangements for the visit. On his behalf, the Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy manages the planning arrangements involved with the Royal Household, the host organisation and Surrey Police to ensure the visit successfully meets its objectives and is enjoyed by everyone involved.Back to top ↑
How should I address Members of the Royal Family?
For The King: ‘Your Majesty’ on the first occasion and ‘Sir’ thereafter. For Her Majesty The Queen Consort: ‘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.
See also Guide to Royal Visits in Surrey.Back to top ↑
What is the High Sheriff and what is the role?
The High Sheriff of Surrey is appointed by the Sovereign to hold office for one year. Three names are submitted to The Queen each March. In a ceremony that follows centuries of tradition, Her Majesty uses a brass bodkin to ‘prick’ the name of the High Sheriff for the following year.
In theory, the High Sheriff is The Queen’s legal representative in the county. In practice, today it is largely a ceremonial role but is still the oldest secular office in England and Wales other than the Crown. The office dates back to Saxon times, when the name was ‘Shire Reeve’. Originally, the Shrievalty – as it is known – held many of the powers now taken by the Lord-Lieutenant, High Court Judges, Magistrates, Coroners, local authorities, the Inland Revenue and police.
Members of both Houses of Parliament, clergymen and other certain government officials are disqualified from taking office. Historically, the prospective High Sheriff must hold sufficient land within the County ‘to answer the Queen and her people’. Other than that, there is no formal qualification for the role. The office is unpaid.Back to top ↑
Who is the current High Sheriff of Surrey?
The High Sheriff of Surrey 2022-2023 is: His Honour Christopher Critchlow, DL
Mrs Caroline Breckell MVO DL
Under Sheriff of Surrey
Estate Office, Loseley Park
Guildford, Surrey GU3 1HS.