Lord-Lieutenant of
County Londonderry

Lord-Lieutenant: Roles and Responsibilities

Role and Responsibilities

The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty’s representatives in the County and as such must uphold the dignity of the Crown. The     Lord-Lieutenant’s role is non- political and has a varied role in the community of which the ceremonial aspect is only one part. Lord-Lieutenants give their time to the office voluntarily as do their Deputies. As well as performing Royal duties, Lord-Lieutenants aim to promote and encourage voluntary services, benevolent organisations and local businesses across the County.

The main duties of the Lord-Lieutenant include: 

• To arrange official visits by members of the Royal Family and to meet and escort them when in the County.

• Support and promote a wide range of voluntary activity and develop links with civic, enterprise and social leaders in the County to encourage a sense of community.

• Support local business, including making visits to local businesses.

• To play an active part in the honours system, increasing public awareness of the honours system, encouraging nominations, helping to assess nominations, and presenting certain honours, medals and awards on behalf of The Queen (for example: CBEs, OBEs, MBEs, Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Elizabeth Cross). 

• Support the Armed Forces, liaise with local units of the Armed Forces and their associated Cadets Forces; support the Territorial Army.

• Presenting messages of congratulations from Her Majesty to those celebrating 100th Birthday or 60th Wedding Anniversaries.

• Preside over Citizenship Ceremonies to welcome new UK citizens resident in Northern Ireland.

• Select, appoint and make appropriate use of a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants.

Lord-Lieutenants normally retire at 75.