James Saunders Watson – HM Lord-Lieutenant
Civic and Social
Addressing the Lord-Lieutenant
The role of the Lord-Lieutenant is to act as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen in the county. As a result, when the Lord-Lieutenant is attending a function in his official capacity, he should be received in the same manner as that of a member of the Royal Family. This protocol extends to the Vice-Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants if they are representing the Lord-Lieutenant at an event.
Below is the correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant:
In a letter: Dear Lord-Lieutenant
In a speech: Lord-Lieutenant
In a conversation: Lord-Lieutenant initially and then Mr Saunders Watson thereafter
The Lord-Lieutenant’s wife should be addressed as Mrs Saunders Watson . If the Lord-Lieutenant is represented by a Vice Lord-Lieutenant or Deputy Lieutenant at an event, they should be called ‘Vice Lord-Lieutenant’ or ‘Deputy Lieutenant’ initially.
Lieutenancy Engagement Forms
For all events that the Lord-Lieutenant (or Deputy Lieutenant representing him) has agreed to attend, the event organisers are asked to complete a Lieutenancy Engagement Form at least two weeks ahead of the event and return it to the Lord-Lieutenant’s office at Lord-Lieutenant@westnorthants.gov.uk This will ensure that the Lord-Lieutenant is given relevant timing and location details and the name of the host who will meet the Lord-Lieutenant on his arrival.