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The West Midlands Lieutenancy

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I address the Lord-Lieutenant?

What is a Royal Garden Party?

How is the Lord-Lieutenant Appointed?

How does The Queen know when to send birthday cards when someone reaches 100 or a special Wedding Anniversary?

How can I nominate someone for an Honour?

How can I nominate my manufacturing company for a Queen’s Award?

How can I nominate a group of Volunteers for a Queen’s Award?

What is the Elizabeth Cross?

What is a Lord-Lieutenants Cadet?

What does a High Sheriff do?

Where can I get information about when to fly the Union flag?

Will the Lord-Lieutenant be able to attend my event?

How can I correspond with the Lord-Lieutenant?



How do I address the Lord-Lieutenant?

The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant is:

Written:  Name, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of The West Midlands.

Salutation: Dear Lord-Lieutenant, or Dear Name

In a speech preamble: My Lord-Lieutenant.

Conversation: On formal occasions - Lord-Lieutenant, or Name

The Lord-Lieutenant is Her Majesty The Queen's representative in the County. Issues relating to Protocol and Precedence can be clarified by consultation with the Lieutenancy Office.


What is a Royal Garden Party?

Royal Garden Parties are held at Buckingham Palace during each Summer. There are normally at least three with up to 8000 guests invited to each. They take place between 3pm and 6pm. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the Royal family, arrive at 4pm. Each member of the Royal Family present takes a different route or position in the garden and random presentations are made. The dress is morning dress, lounge suits or uniform for gentlemen and day dress or trouser suits (usually with hats) for the ladies. National dress may be worn.


People from all sections of the community are invited, usually through organisations who nominate guests and subject to a prearranged quota (e.g. the Government, Armed Services, Diplomatic Corps, Police, Church and other Faiths, charities, societies and the Lord-Lieutenants). In this way it is hoped to ensure that a representative cross-section of the national life is invited. For this reason individuals cannot apply for an invitation and as a general rule people are only invited the once.


How is the Lord-Lieutenant Appointed?

Today the Lord-Lieutenant is an honorary office appointed by the Crown, under letters patent, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, and holds the office until retirement at not later than the age of 75.


How does The Queen know when to send birthday cards when someone reaches 100 or a special Wedding Anniversary?

You will have to complete a form in all instances as this is not automatic. See the information on how to do this by clicking on this link.


How can I nominate someone for an Honour?

Yes you can. Anyone can nominate someone for an Honour by completing a simple form. See further information here.


How can I nominate my manufacturing company for a Queen’s Award?

If you meet the criteria then you can submit a nomination to the Awards Office. See further information here.


How can I nominate a group of Volunteers for a Queen’s Award?

There is a website that holds lots of information on the award and nomination forms. See further information here.


What is the Elizabeth Cross?

This new award has been created to provide national recognition for the families of Armed Forces personnel who have died on operations or as a result of an act of terrorism. Occasionally the Lord-Lieutenant may be asked to present them on behalf of her Majesty The Queen. There is more information here.


What is a Lord-Lieutenants Cadet?

Each of the Cadet Services in the County nominate a Lord-Lieutenants Cadet for their outstanding contribution to their respective cadets units to assist the Lord-Lieutenant for a period of one year from April through to the following April. The Cadet Forces are made up of the Sea Cadets Corps, the Army Cadet Force,  the Air Training Corps. and Combined Cadet Force based in schools. The Lord-Lieutenant attends the annual special ceremony to make the new appointments and thanks the previous year’s Cadets for assisting him during the previous 12 months.


What does a High Sheriff do?

There are historic links between Lord-Lieutenants and High Sheriffs. See further information on the history of High Sheriffs and what they do now.


Where can I get information about when to fly the Union flag?

A comprehensive document is available explaining when to fly the Union flag. Visit the section on this website.


Will the Lord-Lieutenant be able to attend my event?

The Lord-Lieutenant has a very busy work schedule but consideration will be given to attending events when possible.

In the first instance please write to or email the Lieutenancy Office. (Click here)


How can I correspond with the Lord-Lieutenant?

Visit the contact us section.