The Lord Lieutenant is the Queen’s personal representative in Rutland and has a number of important duties.
Duties include escorting members of the Royal family visiting Rutland, presenting medals and awards and participating in civic, voluntary and social ceremonies.
The Lord Lieutenant appoints a number of Deputy Lieutenants to assist him with these duties.
The Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants are collectively referred to as the Lieutenancy.
Lord Lieutenant of Rutland
Sir Laurence Howard, KCVO, OBE, JP, is Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. He was appointed in 2003, having served as Deputy Lieutenant since 1997.
Sir Laurence is also a former chairman of the Central Council of Magistrates' Courts Committees, and has served on the bench in Leicestershire and Rutland for 25 years.
The Lieutenancy Office
The office of the Lord Lieutenant for a County or Counties dates back to 1547 when the military functions of the Sheriff were transferred to the Lieutenancy.
To this day the Lord Lieutenant retains a link with the armed forces, serving as Vice President of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association (RFCA).
Many of the Lord Lieutenant’s official duties are ceremonial in nature. However, the Lord Lieutenant attends many social occasions in support of the local community, civic, business and cultural life in Rutland.
Helen Briggs is the Clerk to the Lieutenancy. For further information or advice regarding the Lieutenancy, please contact:
Kate Haworth, Deputy Clerk to the Lieutenancy
Rutland County Council
Rutland, LE15 6HP
Tel: 01572 758 203
Invitations to the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland can be sent via this office.