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 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.

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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay, a time to unite as we honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides around the world 💜

🕯️ Remember to join the nation in lighting a candle at 4pm today, and share in this moment of commemoration and solidarity 🕯️

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 in Coventry. Join us today in St Mary’s Guildhalll from 12.30pm (1pm start) for a commemorative event including music, speeches, poetry and guest speaker John Fieldsend #hmd2023 #HolocaustMemorialDay @HMD_UK

🕯️ We are marking #HolocaustMemorialDay with a special service at 11am in the Memorial Gardens at Highfields House (Sandwell Register Office), High Street, West Bromwich.

If you wish to attend, please arrive at 10.45am. Everyone welcome

Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay.

🕯️🌲 As part of this year's Holocaust memorial ceremony at @Dudley_College, the Mayor of Dudley joined faith leaders to light a candle of remembrance, before planting a tree to honour the contributions of Jewish refugees to our borough.


Sir John Crabtree OBE and his Deputy Lieutenants are joining events across the County to remember those who suffered the Holocaust. We remember all who died, survived and families who are still impacted by the horrors of the Holocaust.

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Borough unites to remember Holocaust with tree planting event

Dudley has united to remember the Holocaust in a commemorative event at the town’s college.