The Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy
The Lord-Lieutenant is appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be her personal representative in the Ceremonial County of Buckinghamshire which includes Milton Keynes. He is assisted by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant and by Deputy Lieutenants – currently 36 across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
As Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the County, it is the Lord-Lieutenant’s first and foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown. The Lieutenancy follows the example of the Royal Family in promoting a good atmosphere and a spirit of co-operation in the County through the encouragement it gives to the voluntary service and charitable organisations, and by the interest it takes in the commercial, business and social life of the County.
The role is strictly non-political and the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant and all Deputy Lieutenants are unpaid. All remain strictly neutral in political matters, both national and local.
The Lieutenancy undertakes the following duties
The Lieutenancy arranges Royal Visits to organisations in Buckinghamshire.
This role includes submitting invitations, and suggesting day programmes of visits.
Heads of State
It is the Lord-Lieutenant's duty, as Her Majesty's representative, to meet a Head of State visiting the County.
Presenting Medals and Awards
The Lord-Lieutenant presents medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. These include the Elizabeth Cross, the British Empire Medal, The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
UK National Honours
The Lord-Lieutenant gives discreet assistance to the Cabinet Office’s Honours and Appointments Secretariat. Supporting the assessment of nominations for honours and in encouraging good nominations, increasing public awareness of the Honours System.
The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise
The Lord-Lieutenant promotes the Awards Scheme and encourages nominations. Businesses can nominate themselves for the Award.
The Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service
The Lord-Lieutenant promotes the Awards Scheme and encourages nominations. The initial part of the County assessment process for this Award is organised by the Lord-Lieutenant.
Royal Garden Parties
The Lord-Lieutenant nominates guests from the County to attend Royal Garden Parties.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the co-Chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace along with the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Advisory Committees are responsible for recommending the appointment of Justices of the Peace to the Lord Chancellor and for ensuring the good conduct of magistrates.
Members of the Lieutenancy normally attend Citizenship Ceremonies when new citizens take the Oath of Allegiance to become British Citizens.
The Armed Forces
The Lord-Lieutenant supports the Armed Forces in Buckinghamshire and gives particular support to the Reserve Forces and the Cadet Forces in the County.
Local Government and the Emergency Services
The Lord-Lieutenant has close ties with all six local authorities in Buckinghamshire and with the key Emergency Services.
The Lord-Lieutenant and the Lieutenancy have excellent links within the community, commercial and social life of the County.
The Lieutenancy follows the example of the Royal Family in promoting a good atmosphere and a spirit of co-operation in the County through the encouragement it gives to the voluntary service and charitable organisations, and by the interest it takes in the commercial, business and social life of the County.
It provides one of the best opportunities for the encouragement of a sense of community in the county, promoting voluntary activity for the benefit of all. It is in these areas that Lord-Lieutenants often have the biggest impact on the community, connecting, communicating and co-ordinating.