It is with very great sadness that we have heard of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

It was in Devon as a young naval officer, training at Britannia Royal Naval College, that Prince Philip met and later married Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not surprisingly therefore the County has been important to them both throughout their lives and they have visited us here many times.

Prince Philip held many senior ranks and positions in his long life which included being the Lord High Steward of Plymouth, a post that he held from March 1960. He was also awarded an honorary degree from the University of Plymouth in 2012. Plymouth and nearby Bickleigh and Lympstone near Exeter, were regular destinations for him in the County until he retired from public duties in 2017. This is because His Royal Highness was the Captain General of the Royal Marines, a post he held for 64 years and in which capacity he visited many times, both publicly and in private. The Duke was also Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953.

Prince Philip was also the Patron and President of many of our county charities and they will all be very sad to hear of the news of his death. He had a particular interest in conservation of the environment, in scientific and technological research and in the encouragement of sport. He is perhaps best known however for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which he founded 64 years ago and has become the world’s leading youth achievement award and is now in 140 countries around the world.

He was a great man who contributed hugely to our Country and our County; a constant and loyal support to her Majesty and he did all this while demonstrating a genuine interest in people and with a wonderful sense of humour which was so often on display.

We give thanks for a wonderful life. May he rest in peace.

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As Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon and her personal representative in the County, I am keen that we give thanks for and celebrate the individuals, diverse businesses and organisations that make this county a better place.

The Devon Lieutenancy is the link between the monarchy and the County and we hope within these pages you can find any information you need about our work.

This website explains who we are, what we do and how we can help you and also tells you how to contact us about exciting new projects, companies, ideas and those people and organisations that deserve recognition particularly but not exclusively, volunteers.

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Let us know if you would like to nominate someone for a National Honour, Queens Award or for an invitation to a Royal Garden Party.

Making a nomination is not difficult and we can give advice and guidance if you need it.

We can also advise on Royal Visits and birthday and anniversary messages and protocol matters.

Royal Visits to Devon

In Devon we are lucky enough to host members of the Royal Family on visits to the County, several times throughout the year. These visits bring attention to great things which are happening in the County and the feedback is always very positive, recognising the efforts made by the Royal Visitor, the benefits to the host organisation and the joy that the visit brings to those involved and members of the public.

Queens Awards

Each year Her Majesty The Queen makes awards to both groups and businesses.

These awards are for both voluntary groups and businesses which excel in the field in which they work.

Royal Garden Parties

Each year Her Majesty holds 3 garden parties at Buckingham Palace and as her representative in the County HM Lord-Lieutenant is given an allocation of 50 places for those who do special things to help others.

He also prioritises nominations sent in from around the County by people like you for those going over and above what might normally be expected of them.

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