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Search for county's next Lord Lieutenant
THE search has started for Worcestershire’s next Lord Lieutenant.
The Cabinet Office is consulting on who should be selected to act as a leader in the county following the death of Michael Brinton in April after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mr Brinton had served as the Queen’s official representative since 2001 and hundreds of dignitaries filled Worcester Cathedral on Friday, September 7, to pay their respects.
Lord Lieutenants were originally appointed in Henry VIII’s reign to take over the military duties of the sheriff and control the military forces of the crown.
The role has since changed, with men and women now appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister to engage in the county’s civic, community, enterprise and social life.
They have broad discretion as to how they go about the role. Although the time required to carry out the office varies, commitment to the unpaid position is generally incompatible with fulltime employment but there is no requirement to retire from professional activity.
Chosen candidates are usually appointed with the expectation of at least 10 years’ service.
They are granted their retirement at 75 but during their service they must remain apolitical and make sure they distance themselves from matters of political controversy.
The role includes arranging visits by members of the royal family and escorting royal visitors.
They also represent the Queen by presenting certain honours, medals and awards and encouraging and assessing nominations for honours, such as MBEs.
More information on the consultation can be found by going online to www.worcestershire.