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The Role of the Lord Lieutenant

  • Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Sovereign on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
  • The Lord-Lieutenant represents the Sovereign in the County of East Sussex, which includes the administrative areas of East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council as well as the three District Councils of Lewes, Wealden and Rother and the Boroughs of Eastbourne and Hastings.
  • The duties include looking after members of the Royal Family and Heads of State when they pay official visits to the County of East Sussex.
  • The Lord-Lieutenant chairs the County’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace and their appointment (now as joint chairman for the Counties of East and West Sussex) – and there are more than 600 JPs in Sussex.
  • Lieutenancy duties also include presenting honours on behalf of the Crown, and involvement in the honours system.
  • The Lieutenancy maintains close relationships with the Armed Forces, reflecting the ancient office’s original responsibility for the maintenance of order and local defence of the County. There are no active service units in East Sussex (see separate post for Reserves) but the Lord Lieutenant is regularly briefed on activity.
  • The Lord-Lieutenant leads the 40 or so influential Deputy Lieutenants County-wide and is increasingly providing the organisation for their individual networks to interlock for the benefit of East Sussex’s varied communities.
  • The role of the Lieutenancy is entirely non-political. The appointment carries no pay.
HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex with Cadets

HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex with Cadets

Looking after members of the Royal Family and Heads of State

Looking after members of the Royal Family and Heads of State