Representing His Majesty the King in the West Midlands


The Lord- Lieutenant of the West Midlands is His Majesty’s personal representative and the role involves supporting civic, ceremonial, voluntary, charitable and social activity.


Sir John Crabtree OBE, is the Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands and he is supported by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenants  and a small secretariat.


“I am enormously proud of the West Midlands – its people, its communities and above all, its energy.  We have one of the youngest populations in Europe. We are culturally and artistically diverse. We are hugely creative and entrepreneurial – and we are home to thousands of enterprises that make a significant contribution to the nation’s economy. The people of the West Midlands can be proud of its achievements that are recognised throughout the world.


“It is this vitality and variety that the West Midlands Lieutenancy is committed to supporting – helping to bring our many communities together whilst also promoting and showcasing the unique qualities that together create the West Midlands.  As Lord-Lieutenant I am privileged to be a part of such a dynamic and wonderful county and will always do all that I can to support the many fantastic achievements and people here.”


Sir John Crabtree OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands

About the West Midlands Lieutenancy

The West Midlands Lieutenancy is the second largest lieutenancy in England and Wales supporting a population of nearly 3 million people across the seven local authorities of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.


Although the West Midlands’ metropolitan county was only formed in 1974, the office of Lord-Lieutenant dates back to the 16th century and the reign of Henry VIII.


Today the West Midlands Lieutenancy is involved in a variety of community roles and activities, including:


  • Arranges and supports visits to the West Midlands by members of the Royal Family who are accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant or his representative whilst in the area.
  • Advises on nominations and honours – including The New Year Honours and The King’s Birthday Honours.
  • Helps identify companies and enterprises that might be considered as recipients of The King’s Award for Enterprise.
  • Presents medals, King’s Awards and other commendations including planning and organising the presentation of the British Empire Medal held each year in the West Midlands.
  • Maintains and encourages links with the civic authorities, armed forces and the emergency services.

West Midlands Lieutenancy on Twitter

Extremely humbled to represent ⁦@WMLieutenancy⁩ at BARRA’s annual service at St Martins
⁦@inthebullring⁩ Assisted by the Lord-Lieutenants Cadet Leading Cadet Matthew Mohan (Shirley and District Sea Cadets) ⁦@YOUWestMids⁩

Thank you @WMLieutenancy @SirDaveThompson for presenting us @AndertonPark with our Platinum Jubilee Tree of Trees pot! We loved having you at our school and bombarding you with questions. We will let you know what we decide to plant to make Queen E II R proud.

And that's a wrap at Gatis Community Space! Thank you to everyone who joined us. ☀️

We're back again tomorrow at Caldmore Community Garden in Walsall. Drop in from 12pm - 4pm to catch the wonderful performances.

FREE to attend, BSL interpreted. See you there! 🌻


🚨 The nomination window for the King's Award for Volunteering is officially CLOSED! 🚨

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to recognise the outstanding volunteers in their communities.

We look forward to awarding the winners at our ceremony.


It's the FINAL day to submit your nominations for the King's Award for Volunteering.
Let's come together and celebrate the unsung heroes who've selflessly uplifted their local community.

🏆 To submit a nomination, head over to our website.

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