Etiquette and Protocol


The Lord-Lieutenant is The Queen’s personal representative within Kent and should be accorded the same etiquette and protocol, as any member of the Royal Family, when he is attending any event in Kent in his official capacity.

Where the Lord-Lieutenant is unable to attend he may be represented by his Vice Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant, where the same etiquette and protocol should be followed.

How do I address a Lord-Lieutenant?

The correct form of address for the Lord-Lieutenant is:

Written:   The Viscount De L’Isle MBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Kent

Salutation:  Dear Lord-Lieutenant or Dear Lord De L’Isle

In a speech: In the preamble the Lord-Lieutenant should be referred to as “My Lord-Lieutenant”.  A speech might begin “Lord-Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen”

Conversation:  On formal occasions – Lord-Lieutenant, or Lord De L’Isle.

If the Lord-Lieutenant is represented by his Vice Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant, the above etiquette should be adapted accordingly, i.e., ‘Dear Vice Lord-Lieutenant’, ‘Dear Deputy Lieutenant’.

A speech might begin “Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Ladies and Gentlemen…” or “Deputy Lieutenant”.

At Church Services and Seating

At Funerals, the Lord-Lieutenant or his representative (unless attending in a personal rather than an official capacity) always enters the church last (two minutes before the start of the service and before the coffin), and always leaves straight after the family.  For other church services, the Lord-Lieutenant or his representative enters last and leaves first.  The usual arrangement is for the Lord-Lieutenant to be seated at the front of the nave on the south side.  For funerals if the family is on the south side, the Lord-Lieutenant sits on the north side at the front and on the aisle edge.

Seating in general

At other functions, the Lord-Lieutenant should be seated in the same place as you would seat a member of the Royal Family: simply as the principal guest.

Other issues relating to protocol and precedence can be clarified in consultation with the Deputy Clerk.




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