Lieutenancy etiquette and protocol

This information is provided to assist those who are planning an event to which the Lord-Lieutenant has been (or is to be) invited.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Devon is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative and therefore he should be received at any event with the same degree of etiquette and protocol as would be extended to a member of the Royal Family.  If for any reason the Lord-Lieutenant is unable to attend an event to which he has been invited and he is represented by his Vice Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant the same etiquette and protocol should be followed.  The Lord-Lieutenant or his deputy should be met on arrival by the host, or escorted to the host, without delay, and not be left unhosted for any part of the event.  Appropriate car parking should be reserved.

Approach to Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon

The Lord-Lieutenant may be contacted through the Lieutenancy Office, address as on event form below, or by writing to:

Sir Eric Dancer KCVO CBE JP
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon
The Roundhouse
Moreleigh
Totnes
Devon TQ9 7JN

Etiquette

What is the correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant?

Written: Sir Eric Dancer KCVO CBE JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon
Salutation: “Dear Lord-Lieutenant”
In a speech: In the preamble the Lord-Lieutenant is referred to as “My Lord-Lieutenant”
Conversation: Sir Eric should be initially addressed as “ Sir Eric” or “Lord-Lieutenant”, and thereafter “Sir”.

Should the Lord-Lieutenant be represented by his Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Sir John Cave Bt DL, or a Deputy Lieutenant the above etiquette should be adapted accordingly i.e. “Dear Vice Lord-Lieutenant”, “Dear Deputy Lieutenant”.

Funerals and other church services

In all cases the service organiser should inform the Lieutenancy Office of chosen dress for each occasion and the name of the person who will greet the Lord-Lieutenant or his representative upon arrival and the arranged time.  Appropriate car parking should also be reserved.

Funerals

The Lord-Lieutenant, or his representative, always enters the church/abbey last, 2 minutes before the start of the service (immediately before the clergy, coffin and family) and always leaves straight after the family.  He is usually seated in the front row on the opposite side to the family.

Memorial services

As for funerals i.e. enters church/abbey last and leaves straight after the family.

Other church services

For all other church services the Lord-Lieutenant enters last, (before clergy), leaves first, (after clergy) and sits in the front row.

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