Lieutenancy of South Yorkshire

Message from the Lord-Lieutenant

As The Queen’s personal representative, it's my job to brief Her Majesty and to actively promote South Yorkshire, to help make it a better place for all who live and work here.

This website will help us to share information about the remarkable work already taking place across the county and encourage you to tell us about good causes and people you feel are worthy of recognition. It will also explain about the honours and awards system, how to nominate worthy recipients, and about the work of the Lieutenancy Office.

I hope you find the site useful and informative and ask you to also consider supporting us by visiting our twitter page @LieutenancySY which has additional information about the work of the Lieutenancy.  You can click on the link at the bottom of any of the webpages.

Finally, 2022 is a special year as it marks Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I invite you to visit our Platinum Jubilee page for more information about the Platinum Jubilee including the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative.

Professor Dame Hilary Chapman DBE (HM Lord-Lieutenant)

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About the Lord-Lieutenancy

There are 98 Lord-Lieutenants, who cover all areas of the UK, from Shetland to Cornwall, County Tyrone to South Glamorgan.

Lord-Lieutenants were originally appointed in the reign of Henry VIII to raise militia, though this function has now been transferred back to the Crown.

Every county in the United Kingdom has a Lord-Lieutenant, who is The Queen’s representative, acting on Her Majesty’s behalf. 

The Lord-Lieutenant’s first and foremost duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown, and their role, like the Monarch’s, is essentially non-political.

The Lieutenancy

Find out about the Lord-Lieutenant, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenants and Cadets, including their roles and responsibilities here.

Uniform and badges

The Lord-Lieutenant's uniform serves as a symbol of the role’s military origins. Find out more about the uniform and the history behind it here.

Diary and events

The Lord-Lieutenant undertakes about 300 engagements a year in the local communities as part of her duties. You can read more about them here.

Honours and awards

The honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life or committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. Read about the different types of honours and awards here.

Birthday and wedding anniversary messages

Since 1917, the Sovereign has sent congratulatory messages to people celebrating notable birthdays and anniversaries. Read more about these special messages from the Queen here.

Contact the Lord-Lieutenant

The Lieutenancy Office for South Yorkshire is based at the Town Hall, Barnsley. Find more information, including contact details and etiquette for addressing the Lord Lieutenant, here.

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