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


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.”


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 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Helps identify companies and enterprises that might be considered as recipients of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
  • Presents medals, Queen’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

Lovely words from the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands. John Crabtree OBE. @WMLieutenancy … So proud to be a Deputy Lieutenant of John’s in this amazing region. #ClosingCeremony #B2022

🚑 🚒 These are just some of the people who have helped make @BirminghamCG22 a safe & secure Games. Thanks to our colleagues at @WestMidsFire & @OFFICIALWMAS and to you, visitors and residents alike. You’ve done #Birmingham & the #WestMidlands proud. Enjoy the closing ceremony!

It’s the final day of The Commonwealth Games 🏁

What a fantastic run it’s been- we’ve loved seeing all the buzz across the region in the build up to the games and throughout. Birmingham has done us all extremely proud!

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👋 Back in Birmingham for the last day of @birminghamcg22!

Tonight, The Earl of Wessex as Vice-Patron of @thecgf, will deliver a speech at the Closing Ceremony.

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Very proud to see @PrideHouseBham with @VJardineWMP @CRCanty an amazing safe space for #LGBTQ athletes, visitors and residents. As can be seen equality does not exist across many Commonwealth nations and should never be taken for granted @LawrenceBarton1 #B2022police