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A Lord-Lieutenant is a personal representative for the British monarch in each county of the United Kingdom. They are appointed by The Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. Their foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown. Today Lord-Lieutenancy is mostly a ceremonial position, but historically they were responsible for organising the county’s militia. This dates back to the reign of Henry VIII when its holder was made responsible for the maintenance of order, and for all military measures necessary locally for defence. It was not until 1921 that the Lord-Lieutenant finally lost the power to call on all able-bodied men of the county to fight in case of need.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the highest rank of the Lieutenants, followed by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and then Deputy Lieutenants. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant takes over duties if the Lord-Lieutenant is ill or unable to attend. There are usually between 30 to 40 Deputy Lieutenants appointed by the Lord-Lieutenant depending on the county’s size.
The main duties performed by a Lord-Lieutenant are arranging visits for members of the Royal Family, as well as escorting Royal visitors, presenting medals on behalf of the Sovereign and participating in civic and social activities within the Lieutenancy.
The uniform worn by Lord-Lieutenants is military in style and has many similarities with army uniforms. Currently Lord-Lieutenants wear a navy blue uniform in the style of a General Officer’s Army No 1 dress, while the detailing, such as buttons, shoulder boards etc. are silver rather than gold. The cap badge, which is worn on the peak cap, varies depending on the Lieutenant’s county. A rose is worn in England, a shamrock in Northern Ireland, a thistle in Scotland and Prince-of-Wales feathers in Wales.
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