HM The Queen appoints a Lord-Lieutenant to be her personal representative in each county of the United Kingdom.
Michael More-Molyneux is the current Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey. He is assisted by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Sir Stephen Lamport GCVO DL, and currently by 43 other Deputy Lieutenants.
The Lord-Lieutenant assists the Royal Household in any matters it requires in relation to the county of Surrey. Equally, he is the chief link between the Monarch and her people in Surrey.
As Her Majesty’s representative, it is the Lord-Lieutenant’s chief duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown. In Surrey, the Lord-Lieutenant follows the example of HM The Queen by seeking to promote a good atmosphere and spirit of co-operation. He does this by the encouragement he gives to voluntary service and to benevolent organisations, and by the interest he takes in the commercial and social life of the county. The role, like that of the Monarch’s, is strictly apolitical.
The principal responsibilities of the Lord-Lieutenant:
- Arrange the programmes for Royal Visits to organisations in the county.
- Assist with Honours nominations, invitations etc on behalf of the Crown.
- Present medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty.
- Support the Armed Forces in Surrey at the command of Her Majesty or at the invitation of the Commander concerned.
- Give particular support to the Reserves and tri-service Cadet forces in the county.
- Support all forms of useful activity in the county.
- Chair the Advisory Committee for the appointment of Justices of the Peace and ensure their good conduct as Keeper of the Roles.
How the Lieutenancy might help you
- Arranging for the Lord-Lieutenant or one of his Deputy Lieutenants to visit your organisation as a means of acknowledging the work being done.
- Following a visit by the Lord-Lieutenant, a Deputy Lieutenant or the Deputy Clerk, suggesting how the organisation might be included in the programme of a member of the Royal Family visiting Surrey.
- Advising on procedures and nominations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, or the Elizabeth Cross.
- Giving advice on how any member of the public can nominate a friend or colleague for a national honour; offering advice on the completion of the forms and supporting the honours nomination when referred back to the Lord-Lieutenant for comment.
- Presiding over Citizenship Ceremonies at County Hall in Kingston to welcome new UK citizens resident in Surrey.
- Celebrating and encouraging volunteering, community service and the work of youth organisations.
- Helping to promote your organisation, where appropriate, in media releases or speeches to assist with profile, recognition and fundraising.
- Where deemed appropriate, and most likely in connection with a Lieutenancy visit, generating media coverage of an organisation’s work.
- Accepting suggestions (by early January each year) for the attendance at Royal Garden Parties of individuals deserving recognition.
If you think that we can assist, please contact the Deputy Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org). If we cannot help you, we may know someone who can.