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Lord-Lieutenant Visit Protocol

Guidance for receiving the Lord-Lieutenant

When attending events as the representative of The Queen, the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Mrs Anna Turner JP must be received with the etiquette and protocol that would be extended to a member of the Royal Family.

 

Traditional protocol to follow

When attending an official ceremony or formal occasion, including award presentations and processions, the Lord-Lieutenant takes precedence over other guests.

 

On arrival, the Lord-Lieutenant should be received by a named person, usually the host, and should continue to be accompanied throughout the entire engagement. The Lord-Lieutenant will arrive at a designated time that is slightly later than the other guests and should be the last person to take their seat.

Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner at the Newport Show
Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner at the Newport Show with ex-Chairman of the Shropshire Bench, Eric Windsor OBE
Church in Ludlow Shropshire
View over Ludlow, Shropshire

Church services

When attending church services, the Lord-Lieutenant always enters the church last, shortly before the service begins and should be seated on the front row. The Lord-Lieutenant is expected to be the first person to leave following the service (after the clergy).

 

When attending a funeral, the Lord-Lieutenant should be seated on the front row of the church on the opposite side to the family and will leave the church immediately after the family.

Addressing the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire

The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant is:

On introduction: Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Mrs Anna Turner

In writing: Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Mrs Anna Turner JP

Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant

In a speech preamble: My Lord-Lieutenant, ladies and gentlemen

Conversation, on formal occasions: Lord-Lieutenant, followed thereafter by Mrs Turner or Ma’am

Lord lieutenant at Queen's Awards for Enterprise winner Protolabs' HQ.
Lord-Lieutenant on a tour of Queen's Award for Enterprise winner Protolabs' HQ
Andrew Jowett and the Lord Lieutenant
Build It International CEO Andrew Jowett and the Lord-Lieutenant when he had been presented with his OBE

Necessary details

To allow events to run smoothly for the comfort of everyone, it is important to provide all the necessary details of the visit in advance including:

  • Dress code
  • Time and date
  • Parking details (the Lord-Lieutenant will arrive by car, for which a space must be provided)
  • Accurate venue details
  • Detailed notes for any speech the Lord-Lieutenant is expected to deliver
  • The name of the host who will be meeting the Lord-Lieutenant and details of the meeting point.

 

The protocol is helpful in making sure hosts and guests feel comfortable during a visit from the Lord-Lieutenant and uphold the dignity of the Crown.