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From: Ian Mitchell Lambert <>
Subject: Re: Lord Lieutenant
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:58:21 +0100
In message <>, writes
>All this talk of Lord Mayors reminds me that I have recently discovered some
>reverse migration in my ancestry, from the United States to England. I've
>learned that one relative is currently a Lord Lieutenant.
>Is this a hereditary title? What does a Lord Lieutenant do? I've thought
>about writing a letter to this person introducing myself seeking further
>information. Is there a special term of address I should use?
>Thanks for any information.
The UK is divided administratively into counties, and each county has a
Lord Lieutenant. Each one is appointed on merit, availability, or some
other relevant criterion by the Queen. This is because a Lord Lieutenant
is her personal representative. It stems from the historical need for
the King's Peace to be enforced throughout the realm. As the monarch
cannot physically be everywhere all the time, each county has a personal
representative who is constitutionally the persona of the monarch unless
the monarch herself is present.
It is not a hereditary title, although occasionally it runs in a
I don't think there is a proper form of address. Certainly no-one will
worry if you write to
Mr/s XXXX XXXXXXX
Lord Lieutenant of XXXXXshire
Ian Mitchell Lambert
OR URL: http://www.csec.ac.uk/iml/Index.html