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The role of the Lord-Lieutenant 

As the King’s representative, the Lord-Lieutenant’s first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown by promoting a spirit of co-operation throughout the county, in encouraging voluntary service and charitable work, and taking an active interest in the business, industrial, social and cultural life of West Sussex.  Specifically she has five principal duties:

  • To arrange Royal visits to the county and to escort Royal visitors during their visits.

  • To represent the King in carrying out duties with the armed forces and presenting certain honours, awards and medals.

  • To assess nominations for national honours and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, and to encourage a high standard of nominations for these.

  • To support and liaise with the local armed and cadet forces.

  • To lead the local magistracy as the co-Chairman of the Surrey and Sussex Magistrates Advisory Committee.

It is important to note that the Lieutenancy does not create honours, take direct responsibility for forming or managing corporate bodies or take any other actions which could be perceived to compete with other established institutions.  The Lieutenancy can only operate using its influence to convene, honour, advocate and encourage others.

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