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About The Greater London Lieutenancy

The title Lord-Lieutenant is given to the British Monarch’s personal representatives in each of the United Kingdom’s ceremonial counties. They have performed various tasks throughout history including raising local militia units and numerous ceremonial duties.

Today the responsibilities of Lord-Lieutenants include:

  • Arranging visits of members of the Royal family and escorting royal visitors
  • Presenting medals and awards on behalf of the Sovereign, and advising on Honours nominations
  • Participating in civic, voluntary and social activities within the Lieutenancy
  • Liaising with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces

As the sovereign’s representative in his or her area, the Lord-Lieutenant remains non-political and does not hold office in any political party. Usually a retired local notable, senior military officer, peer or business person is given the post as an honour. It is their foremost duty to uphold the dignity of the Crown. In so doing, they seek to promote a spirit of co-operation and good atmosphere by supporting voluntary and benevolent organisations and by the interest they take in the business and social life of their counties.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London is His Majesty’s representative in Greater London, including the 32 London boroughs. The ceremonial county of Greater London does not include the City of London, which has its own Commission of Lieutenancy. The current Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London is Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE.

The Lord-Lieutenant and all his Deputies are volunteers and the titles are honorary.


The Official Website of the British Monarchy:


Further information about Lord-Lieutenants:

Read about the Lieutenancy Act 1997