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 X

The first King's Awards presentation for voluntary service celebration was held at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 14th April, 2024. On this occasion, Sir John Crabtree OBE, Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands, presented the KAVS (King’s Award for Voluntary Service) @bimcic

Another vibrant Citizenship ceremony in Walsall with people from an A-Z of Countries (Argentina - Zimbabwe), becoming citizens of the United Kingdom. Pledging their loyalty to King and Country. ⁦@WMLieutenancy⁩ ⁦@WalsallCouncil⁩ ⁦@walsallforall⁩

King’s Award MBE 🎉
Delighted to be with our volunteers & receive the King’s Award. I’m blown away that the South Asian history we uncover is being recognised to the highest degree. We will continue shining a light on Indian women history. More to come #kavs

Yesterday our fabulous winners of @KingsAwardVS 2023 received their awards at our Celebration @brumhippodrome. If you would like to find out more about them their videos are live on our YouTube channel. #KAVS

It was an honour to attend the Kings Award for Voluntary Service 2023 where spectacular individuals & organisations were recognised and awarded for all of their vital & hard work! 🏅👑

Congratulations to all of the recipients and well done on your fantastic service.

Congratulations to all the richly deserved awardees of the first ever @KingsAwardVS. Fabulous celebration of #volunteers at a full house @BirminghamHippo.
@WMLieutenancy #KAVS @CRCanty @MRSDPWARD