Message from the Lord-Lieutenant


The new Lord-Lieutenant of Kent has begun her term of office as Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in the county with a tribute to all its citizens.

Lady Annabel (Bella) Colgrain – the first woman to be appointed to the role in Kent – has commended the selfless way they have responded to the coronavirus threat.

Bella Colgrain, who succeeded Viscount De L’Isle CVO MBE on April 22 and has wide experience of the charity sector, said: “I’m very impressed by the unity, spirit and selflessness shown by so many across the county.

“This has been a particularly worrying time for everyone in the frontline – the brave medical staff tending the sick in hospital, our dedicated carers looking after vulnerable people in residential homes, charities helping people of all ages and individuals doing their bit for their community by delivering food boxes and checking to see if neighbours are safe.

“They are all doing brilliant work, as of course are so many other workers in many walks of life – our emergency services, those growing and distributing food, everyone playing their part in this terrible pandemic.

“I’m delighted to see the county’s spirit, so often shown in times of crisis down the centuries, come alive in 2020. For example, it’s heartening to see so many applauding our frontline workers every Thursday evening. But I’m saddened at the number of people who have died from COVID-19. I offer my condolences to their families.

“To paraphrase our county’s great author Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities, it is the best of times, the worst of times.

“We should be celebrating Dickens this year, the 150th anniversary of his death. Medway has extensive plans – now on hold – to honour one of its most famous sons – and I’m sure those plans will come to fruition when the lockdown is lifted.”

Lady Colgrain concluded: “I’m honoured to serve Her Majesty and the county in this role. I take over from a man who has led the Lieutenancy with great distinction and energy for the past nine years. On behalf of the people of Kent and Medway, I express our gratitude for all that Viscount De Lisle has done for our county during that time.

“Under his leadership, members of the Lieutenancy carry out a lot of good work, much of it away from the spotlight, to benefit the county in so many different ways.

“I look forward to building on my predecessor’s achievements, doing my best to support the people of all ages, volunteers, charities, public services, businesses, the Armed Forces, and all other organisations in our unique county. Kent means so much to me and is always in my heart.”

With Best Wishes,
Lady Colgrain

Lord Lieutenant of Kent